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A Veer Nari Sammelan was conducted at Pune under the aegis of Headquarters Southern Command as an outreach program for Veer Naris of Pune district as overall part of Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebrations. The sammelan was inaugurated by Dr (Mrs) Suman Soni, Regional President, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), Southern Command. While addressing the Veer Naris, Dr (Mrs) Soni said “that this event was a small step by Southern Command to express our gratitude to our valiant martyrs who had laid down their lives and to establish a connect with the Veer Naris of Pune District”

The sammelan, organised at Dhanvantri Auditorium, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, was attended by over 200 Veer Naris of Pune District with their family members. Efforts were made to make the event fruitful for the Veer Naris by organising informative talks on various schemes and facilities being provided by the Indian Army and the governments at Centre and the State, by the representatives of Zila Sainik Board, Pune; Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, SBI and Placement Node, Pune. Representatives of Record offices of MARATHA Light Infantry, Regiment of Artillery, Corps of Engineers and Armoured Corps were also present during the event to address the issues pertaining to documentation and anomalies in disbursement of pension and other financial benefits to the Veer Naris. A Medical Camp was organised to address the health related issues of Veer Naris. Apart from routine checkups by various specialist doctors, screening for cervical cancer and breast cancer was also carried out.

Felicitation of the Veer Naris was done by (Dr) Mrs Suman Soni, Regional President, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), Southern Command, as a gratitude for the sacrifices made by them and their husbands in the line of duty. Dr (Mrs) Soni also interacted with a large number of Veer Naris to understand the problems that they face and tried to resolve their issues pertaining to pensions, jobs etc by help of the various representatives who had established stalls for addressing these issues at the site of the sammelan. This solemn event marked the culmination of the Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebrations with a message for all Veer Naris that we are there for you at all times.

Major Milind Tungar (retd), the Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer (ZSWO), said ZSW office helped veer naris by setting up stall at AFMC.