Sunday, October 27, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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A reminder for Punjab CM
Tribune News Service

Leh, October 26
The Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC) is waiting for the response of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to supply essential items like rice, sugar and edible oils from the state's "food surpluses" or "welfare funds" for the boys and girls living in hostels run by the LSRC, as once promised in 1996 when he did not have the reins of power.

During his visit to the Indus Wing of the Ladakh Scouts at Karu (Ladakh) with General Dawar in 1996 Capt Amarinder Singh evinced keen interest in improving the lot of the brave but neglected people of Ladakh.

The Commandant of the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre here, Col Amarjit Singh, in a DO letter of April, 2002, to the Chief Minister, has brought into focus the problems of war widows, martyrs and ex-servicemen of the region and has appealed to him to fulfil his old promise.

There are roughly 94 girls and 184 boys in the two hostels. "The management of these two hostels, as you know, sir, in the remote areas of Ladakh which is accessible only by air from the months of October to April (seven months), is very expensive and need elaborate efforts for the management of movement of rations during the period when the road opens from May to September every year," Col Amarjit Singh points out.

Over to the Chief Minister and his bumper paddy crop.

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