BIHAR SURGES AHEAD
INTEGRATED MULTIPLEXS FOR EX-SERVICEMEN
VICE CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF LAYS FOUNDATION AT ARA
Lieutenant General SK Singh, Vice Chief of the Army Staff visited Danapur Military Cantonment and Ara in Bihar on the 4th and 5th of May 2012. On 5th May, he visited Ara to lay the foundation for an Ex-servicemen (ESM) Integrated Multiplex, the first of its kind to be constructed. The Multiplex envisages housing multiple facilities for ESM in one modern complex to include a Canteen for ESM, the ESM Welfare Board Office and a rest house for ESM. Proposals for six such multiplexes, which were mooted by the Army in 2010, are being funded by the Govt of Bihar at Ara, Chhapra, Munger, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Motihari at a total outlay of Rs 9 Crores. The construction of these projects is being undertaken by the Bihar Police Construction Corporation. ESM Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Medical Polyclinic, will also be constructed in the vicinity of these multiplexes.
On this landmark occasion an ESM Rally was held at Ara, which was attended by over 1000 ESM and their kith and kin. During the event a number of veer naris and ESM were felicitated, medical camps (including a special Diabetes Camp) organised, special canteens for ESM and a helpline for ESM were established. VCOAS was accompanied by Vice President, Army Wives’ Welfare Organisation, Mrs Kusum Singh, Major General J George, Managing Director ECHS at New Delhi and officers from the Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO) and Armed Forces Medical Services. The above team also visited the Military Hospital at Danapur and proposed sites for AWHO projects.