"Ex-Servicemen Gathering (Far West Region) - 2073"

<div>COAS General Rajendra Chhetri concluded 'Ex-Servicemen Gathering (Far west Region) - 2073' amid a special ceremony organised at Teghari Barrack, Kailali on February 03, 2017.</div><div><br></div><div>During the closing ceremony, COAS Gen Chhetri addressed the Ex-Servicemen. While addressing the gathering, COAS Gen Chhetri assured Ex-Servicemen and their dependents that NA would implement all measures to improve existing welfare activities. He further added, "NA stays committed in identifying new welfare schemes and implementing them".</div><div><br></div><div>COAS Gen Chhetri, during his address, informed that "the amount of the Army Welfare Fund (AWF) established in 1975 with 12.4 million (Approx.) had increased to over 35.02 billion (Approx.). The fund has been utilized in the Health, Education, Vocational/Technical Training and other income generating projects. To expand the welfare activities and support the beneficiaries more effectively, Nepalese Army Welfare Board (NAWB) was established. The total beneficiaries of the welfare fund now stand at 8,00,000 (Approx.)".</div><div><br></div><div>The two-day veterans' gathering, organised under the management of Nepalese Army (NA) in conjunction with the NAWB, started from February 02, 2017. Altogether, two thousand (Approx.) Ex-Servicemen and their dependent from nine districts of Far Western region participated the gathering. Similarly, free medical camps were also conducted in different parts of the Far western Region, starting from Jan 27 to Feb 03, 2017, coinciding with the two-day-long gathering. A total of ten thousand (Approx.) personnel (including ex-servicemen, servicemen, their dependent and civilians) were treated in the various medical camps.</div><div><br></div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Under the Micro Finance Loan Scheme conducted by NAWB in collaboration with Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL), the debtors were handed over the Cheques and the best entrepreneurs were felicitated during the gathering. Likewise, 39 wheel chairs were provided to physically challenged ex-servicemen.</div><div><br></div><div>At the beginning of the ceremony, the Ex-Servicemen presented an enthusiastic march-past while Nepalese Army band displayed various musical acts. Earlier, Lt Gen Chitra Bahadur Gurung (Retd.), Executive Officer of NAWB, delivered the welcome speech. At the end, Chief of Staff (COS), Lt Gen Purna Chandra Thapa delivered the closing speech to formally conclude the ceremony.</div><div><br></div><div>COAS Gen Chhetri, after the gathering, interacted with the Ex-Servicemen and received various feedback.</div><div><br></div><div>The Nepalese Army will continue to reach the veterans via these kinds of gatherings in near future as well.</div><div><br></div><div>Generals of NA, Kailali District Court Judge, Executive Officer of NAWB, representatives of Regional and District Security Committee, officers and other ranks of the NA, media personal , ex-servicemen and their dependents and other invitees were present during the ceremony.</div>