‘Ex-Servicemen Gathering (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavrepalanchok & Sindhupalchok)’ was held in the presence of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Rajendra Chhetri amid a special function organized at Army Pavilion, Tundikhel, Kathmandu on March 31, 2018.
The one-day veterans' gathering, organised under the management of Nepali Army (NA) in conjunction with the Nepali Army Welfare Board (NAWB), was attended by approximately eighteen thousand Ex-Servicemen and their dependent from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavrepalanchok and Sindhupalchok.
Under the Micro Finance Loan Scheme conducted by NAWB in collaboration with Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL), the 25 debtors were handed over the Cheques and the two best entrepreneurs were felicitated during the gathering. Likewise, 25 wheel chairs were provided to physically challenged personnel including ex-servicemen and their dependents. Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NAWB Lieutenant Chitra Bahadur Gurung (Retd.), CEO of NIBL Mr. Jyoti Prakash Pandey and Chief of National Rehabilitation Society for the Disabled (NRSD) Mr. Rakesh Hamal were also felicitated during the function.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the Ex-Servicemen presented an enthusiastic march-past while Nepali Army band displayed various musical performances. Earlier, Major General Padam Bilash Karki (Retd.), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 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.
Defence Secretary, General officers of NA, Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, representatives of governmental organizations, officers and other ranks of the NA, media personal, ex-servicemen and their dependents and other invitees were present during the closing ceremony.