Mumbai, 12 December: Maharashtra Minister of State for Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Satej Patil today said that the State government is contemplating to provide direct employment to the widows and kin of those soldiers who lay their lives for the country. This will be on the lines of the employment given to the kin of the policemen killed in Naxal attacks.
MoS in Maharashtra government, Satej Patil was speaking at the meeting to deliberate over the perks and facilities to be given to the kin of the soldiers who attained martyrdom.
Principal Secretary of the General Administration Department and Special Investigation Officer, Ms. Seema Vyas, Deputy Secretary Sarita Bandekar-Deshmukh and concerned officials were also present at the meeting.
The minister stated that the district collectors have been asked to allot the lands to the kin of ex-servicemen and a report on this will be submitted within three months. Similarly, in Maharashtra, there are reservations of 5 percent for ex-servicemen and 2 percent for the kin of martyrs in the housing complexes to be constructed by MHADA.
The State government, in its order dated October 20, 2020, decided to give 5% reservation to the wards of ex-servicemen in degree and post-graduation degree colleges.
"We have also asked the concerned department and district collectors to inform people about the Urban & Rural development department's decision to waive off property tax", he said.
The other decisions taken at the meeting include starting a website of the ex-servicemen department to resolve the various issues of Ex-servicemen, Martyrs, And Their Families, giving employment to the ex-servicemen as per their convenience after retirement.
The Minister also asked his department to implement the above decisions at the earliest as also take action to recover the pending bills of MESCO.