Dehradun, November 6
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today laid stress on coordination between the Army and the state government.

Speaking at the first ever conference organised between the state government and the Central Command Headquarter today, he said in border states like Uttarakhand, coordination between the government and the Army was very essential.
He said the state government was sensitive towards demands of the Army and it would be its endeavour to fulfil them after perusal on the government level. He urged the Army authority to take appropriate measures to resolve problems being faced by the local people in movement and construction of basic infrastructures in the cantonment areas. He said the possibility of development works in cantonment areas under the JNNURM would also be explored.
Bahuguna said Uttarakhand had rich military culture and 10 per cent of its population was directly or indirectly connected with the defense forces. Extending his gratitude to the Army for its services during natural calamities, Bahuguna said the state government paid tributes to Maj (late) Ramesh, who lost his life during the construction of Valley Bridge at Uttarkashi.
General Officer-in-Commanding in Chief of Central Command Lt Gen Anil Chait, welcoming the Chief Minister, highlighted that there were 9 cantonments and 14 military stations in the state and more than 50,000 Army personnel were rendering their services.
He said the state had more than 1.5 lakh ex-servicemen and war widows, 12 military hospitals and 21 ECHS polyclinics rendering service to veterans. He said approximately 3,000 youths from the state get recruited into the Army every year. The Army Commander said promoting adventure and sports, disaster management, conservation of environment and providing job opportunities to youth were the focus areas of the Army in the state.
The issues discussed in the conference included land acquisition, forest clearances, exemption from house tax and reduction of stamp duty for soldiers and ex-servicemen and exemption of VAT on electronic items purchased through CSD. The Army Commander also honoured SDM Karnaprayag Rahul Kumar Goel with Army Award of Commendation Card for his exemplary effort in remote border areas.

Tribune News Service, Dehradun Edition

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