Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Tuesday suggested that a separate 'Himachal
battalion' be created in the Army, keeping in view the services rendered by the state youths in the defence forces.
Lt General P K Bali had called on Thakur at the latter's official residence here.
The chief minister said the state was proud to have maximum number of soldiers in the Indian Army. He said the state also has over one lakh ex-service men and the government has launched several schemes for their welfare.
"The defence forces have provided support and cooperation to the state government at the time of natural calamity, particularly in rescuing the stranded people in Lahaul valley and youths from Holi in Chamba district due to untimely snow," he said.
Lt General Bali assured the Himachal Pradesh chief minister that he would take up the matter with the authorities concerned, adding that the Army will provide all support to the construction of War Memorial at Dharamsala.
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