Update from Brig R S Rawat re Capt Vijendra Singh Gurung, 3 ASSAM

Update re Capt Vijendra Singh Gurung, 3 ASSAM dated 23 Jan 2018

I wish to update all on the action in other areas with regard to Capt Vijendra Singh Gurung, 3 ASSAM. Army Cdr, luckily, is CoR of Assam Regt. He was apprised & GoC Sub Area has mobilized his wherewithal. A tranche of financial assistance is in the pipeline. His habitat is going to be made livable in terms of re-plastering, painting, fitting of doors/windows, construction of a toilet, electricity/water connection, stove for cooking as a temporary measure as we are not too sure how he will handle LPG.

His battalion offr, Lt Col Gautam, posted in IMA, was with us during our meeting & has placed a cot & bedding in the room. Since the Sub Area has mobilized its resources through the CENTCOM, we await completion of such work & assess how we can provide him whatever amenities that he ought to have. We have made a list of items that he must have & will swing into action at an appropriate time.

I am working in close coordination with the Sub Area who contact me from time to time regarding this offr & action to be taken. We have cautioned the Col A about placing the entire proposed financial assistance at his disposal. We are wary of a Debit/Credit card for him. Whatever money is generously donated MUST be utilized judiciously.

Offrs here have already pledged amounts varying from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000. We have checked with our CA & have evolved a method of accounting for the money. The offr will be given cash to the extent of his needs & NOT wants.

Your suggestions are most welcome to streamline the process. Our aim is to ensure that he enjoys the impact of your camaraderie & generosity, and also that the money is well spent. An SOP in this regard will be drafted, shared with you & implemented.. He will be visited frequently to see that he does fall back on bad times in terms of the past trauma. Once he bounces back for sure, we may consider relaxing the financial restriction but strictly on a need basis, but that much later.

I have sent our, UESL, bank acct details to Brig Vidyasagar & the Good Samaritans working with him. The collected funds will be transferred to our account that will act as a conduit for meeting the offr’s monthly needs.

RS Rawat Brig (retd)|
President, TSEWA, Uttarakand
Mob 9760821868



    Can the officer be given a job as officer i/c canteen and provided an accommodation in officers mess.This will a long way in his rehabilitation.After all a war hero and deserves the benefits.
    Wg Cdr TPN Singh (R)

    January 25, 2018 Reply
  2. N.Viswanathan

    I feel the suggestion made by Maj Grewal needs consideration . Since the officer has no one to look up to for taking care of him on a daily basis arranging his stay in a senior citizen care home will be of immense help .Col.N.Viswanathan(retd)

    January 24, 2018 Reply
    • Col Amitabh, SC ( Veteran)

      Senior citizens home ie वृद्धाश्रम run in civil are mostly in pathetic condition. I have seen one in Deharadoon where elders are treated like pariahs by staff. In my opinion Senior Citizens Home is not viable option.

      Veterans Home run by Western Command at Basanthar Enclave can be considered. There veterans pay for their upkeep from their pension. Dedicated serving personal under a JCO look after their needs. Doctor on call and other facilities. If Central Command is maintaining such facilities, better utilise it rather than civil old age home.

      January 24, 2018 Reply
  3. Maj MS Garewal

    If a few pictures on good work being done for the offr can also be updated here, it will go a long way in gathering more support. Secondly, he must be of advanced age, so a thought of putting him in a care home, paid up by veterans, can be considered. Rgds. Maj MS Garewal, Retd

    January 23, 2018 Reply

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