SRINAGAR: Ex-servicemen hailing from different parts of Kashmir have appealed the government to move the office of the Director Sainik Welfare Department (SWD), Jammu and Kashmir, along with biannual Darbar Move, as stationing the office permanently at Jammu causes inconvenience to them.
A delegation of the ex-servicemen told Kashmir Reader that the Director has made Jammu his permanent abode since 1989, even though in the past the practice had been that it would always move with the Darbar.
It is the state Home Department that heads the SWD that looks after the welfare measures of ex-servicemen belonging to the state and implements various schemes for the benefit of ex-servicemen and their families.
The department is headed by a Director and has Zilla Sainik Welfare Offices in districts having sizeable population of ex-servicemen and their families.
The ex-servicemen felt that with security situation improving in the Valley, the Director should move to the summer capital Srinagar during summers and leave for the winter capital Jammu with move offices.
According to them reviving the practice would surely boost several welfare measures run for the ex-servicemen and would also end the troubles they have to face while traveling to Jammu for the paper work. “We have to travel to Jammu off and on for the paper work,” the ex-servicemen said, adding that the presence of the officer here could have given flip to various developmental measures that are still incomplete.
The ex-servicemen said that some of the upcoming Sanik Bhawans in the Valley still have not been completed and even the Sanik Bhawan at Srinagar is still not operational as it has not been completed even after six years of work.