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Himachal seeks separate battalion in Indian Army

IANS  |  Shimla 

on Tuesday sought a separate battalion in the Indian for the state in view of a large number of people serving the armed force.

This demand was raised at a meeting here between and (Western Command) Lt Gen

Several issues of mutual interest were discussed at the meeting, a statement by the said.

The said the state is proud to have the maximum number of soldiers in the Indian in proportion to the population.

The state also has over 100,000 ex-servicemen and the government has launched several schemes for their welfare.

The felt the need to have a separate in the armed force keeping in view the services being rendered by the youth of the state in the Army, said the statement.

Thakur said the state would also take up the matter for establishing a of the youth belonging to the state.

He said the army provided support and cooperation to the state at the time of natural calamity, particularly to rescue stranded people in the and from Holi in district due to untimely snow.

The Chief Minister urged the army to use SASE helipad for civil flights as well so that it could be used to facilitate the tourists visiting the area.

Bali assured the Chief Minister that he would take up the matter with the authorities concerned for consideration.

He said the army would also provide all support for the construction of at Dharamsala in district.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:28 IST
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