|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Sept 22: The Jammu and Kashmir Ex-Services League (JKESL) held its annual general meeting today at League office Ambphalla Jammu, in which all the members were present.
The League welcomed the Abrogation of the Article 370 and 35-A, but had reservations in respect of the bifurcation into two Union territories.
The President, Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal and the members are however hopeful that the status of their union territory will be upgraded to full-fledged State as part of the Indian union like other states and the Soldiers and the Ex-Servicemen and their families will be compensated for what they have suffered for the last 72 years.
Their major issues include completion of the housing colonies at Jammu and Samba and a new Sainik colony at Srinagar, 15 percent job reservation in the State government jobs for soldiers retiring young at 36-37 years of age when their personal financial needs are highest, Revision of annuity to the war heroes at par with neighbouring states like Punjab, Haryana, HP and Rajasthan, pension to war widows and handicapped beside others.