Mandi Bahauddin: Due to non-existence of armed services board, Mandi Bahauddin ex-servicemen are suffering great hardships in getting their pension related and other welfare problems solved.
This was said by District President Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society Major retired Sher Muhammad Gondal while addressing a press conference held the other day at Press Club.
He said Mandi Bahauddin was given status of district in 1993 and since then government has not established armed service board for looking after welfare of ex-servicemen, their widows and dependants.
He said on their request, DC Mandi Bahauddin and DC Gujrat set up District Armed Services Board Camp office at Mandi Bahauddin and directed Secretary of the board Gujrat to visit the camp office twice a month to attend to problems of the ex-servicemen.
This arrangement continued and worked efficiently. But two years past, the present secretary DASB Gujrat now designated as Deputy Director DASB has not been coming to Mandi Bahauddin to attend the camp office.
The ex-servicemen requested many times to GHQ, Defense Minister, Pakistan Armed Services Board through applications but no one bothered to pay any heed.
The ex-servicemen contacted local MNAs Mumtaz Tarar and Nasir Bosal for help in resolving their problem and them both of them promised to meet the defense minister for establishing DASB.
But nothing has happened on ground. In absence of DASB the widows and ex-servicemen have to make several trips of Gujrat for receiving cheques for their outstanding dues of pension and other allowances as well as for other matters relating to their welfare.
They find it financially very hard to spend time and bear expenditure on travelling to Gujrat and back for problems of petty nature like getting verified their children applications for admission in various education institutions and seeking financial aid for marriage of their daughters.
They appealed to relative authorities to take notice of their plight and direct Deputy Director DASB Gujrat to attend camp office at Mandi Bahauddin twice a month to resolve ex-servicemen problems. In the meanwhile setting up separate DASB at Mandi is made at priority basis.
Sher Gondal added that DASB as welfare organization for ex-servicemen has grown dormant and needs revitalization to achieve its objectives.