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