COAS General Rajendra Chhetri concluded the ‘Ex-Servicemen Gathering (Chitwan & Makawanpur)’ amid a function organized at Bharatpur Barrack, Chitwan on February 04, 2018.
The two-day veterans' gathering, organised under the management of Nepali Army (NA) in conjunction with the Nepali Army Welfare Board (NAWB), started from February 03, 2018. Altogether, three thousand seven hundred twenty-three (3733) Ex-Servicemen and their dependent from Chitwan and Makwanpur district participated the gathering. Similarly, free medical camps were also conducted in different parts of the Chitwan and Makwanpur district, starting from Feb 01 to Feb 03, 2018, coinciding with the two-day-long gathering. A total of one thousand five hundred ninety-five (1595) personnel (including ex-servicemen, servicemen, their dependent and civilians) were treated in the various medical camps.
Under the Micro Finance Loan Scheme conducted by NAWB in collaboration with Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL), the 15 debtors were handed over the Cheques during the gathering. Likewise, thirteen wheel chairs were provided to physically challenged personnel during the closing ceremony.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the Ex-Servicemen presented an enthusiastic march-past while Nepali Army band displayed various musical performances. Earlier, Lt Gen Chitra Bahadur Gurung (Retd.), Executive Officer of NAWB, delivered the welcome speech. At the end of the ceremony, Chief of the General Staff (CGS), Lt Gen Purna Chandra Thapa delivered the closing speech to formally conclude the ceremony.
COAS Gen Chhetri, after the gathering, interacted with the Ex-Servicemen and received various feedbacks. The NA will continue to reach the veterans via these kinds of gatherings in near future as well.
General officers of NA, 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 closing ceremony.