In a fitting tribute to Indian soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the country post- independence, the Union cabinet has approved construction of a ‘National War Memorial’ in New Delhi.
The memorial will be built near the India Gate in the Indian capital in the in memory of 22,500 soldiers who sacrificed their lives while in the line of duty post-independence. The decision was taken by the cabinet on October 8. The decision comes after a long wait, with the campaign for a memorial growing over the years. India has fought major wars post independence with Pakistan in 1947, 1965, 1971 apart from a proxy war in 1999 in Kargil. India has also fought a war with China in 1962. Apart from deaths in wars, Indian soldiers had also been killed in various UN Peacekeeping missions. Some of the soldiers have also been killed in violations across the Line of Control and fighting against terrorists.
The government had recently cleared the One Rank One Pension scheme for the soldiers. The pension to widows of martyrs have also been scaled accordingly as a tribute to the soldiers. The memorial comes at a time when issues of neglect of retired personnel have been cropping up from time to time. The implementation of the OROP and the building of a ‘National War Memorial’ would hopefully lead to redressal of other issues faced by the veterans who have sacrificed a lot for the country.
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