Soldiers to salute Kolhapur's royal family

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    KOLHAPUR: Retired soldiers and officers of the Indian defence services will express their gratitude to the decedents of erstwhile royal family of Kolhapur on Monday for offering land in the city.

    As many as 18,000 retired soldiers, officers and families of 7,000 servicemen will felicitate Shrimant Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaj, decedent of erstwhile royal family of Kolhapur.

    The function will be held at the Maha Sainik Darbar Hall, one of the finest community centre of working and retired servicemen, at 10.30 am on Monday.

    The land over which the district Sainik Welfare Board office and other facilities exist belonged to the Shahu Maharaj family. Six decades back, the land was donated to the Indian Army. Despite having the land, the board office used to operate from small rooms at district collectorate until last year.

    "We have started utilizing the land available at prime location, which is convenient for our beneficiaries. They travel to Kolhapur from rural places to seek our help. The new office and the entire facility was established because of the erstwhile royal family and we are expressing our gratitude for their help," said Colonel (retd) Suhas Naik, district Sainik Welfare officer.

    Till the time, the board has come up with couple of facilities such as multipurpose hall, office and mulling for a sports complex and a lodging facility in near future.

    "We have already submitted a proposal to the state government to create a sport training institute in the premises. The facility will be useful for all citizens. We are also using the land to set up three-four rooms for the families of armymen, who come to Kolhapur for various reasons and find it costly to get accommodation in hotels. These projects are expected to start in next financial year," Naik added.

    What is Rajaram Rifles?

    - According to Kolhapur Gazetteers, The Chattrapati of Kolhapur had his own army before the British came. The British maintained their infantry and it was quartered at Infantry Lines near Line Bazar, but when the British units withdrew and the Maharaja was allowed to have his own army, the Rajaram Rifles were formed, some 150 years ago.

    - They were quartered in barracks specially built on a hillock near the Temblai Hill. It was headquarter of the Rajaram Rifles until the merger of the Kolhapur State when this infantry was disbanded. Now a Territorial Army unit is stationed at Kolhapur and it uses the barracks built for the Rajaram Rifles, says the Gazetteer.

    - The merger of battalion of around 1000 armymen of Rajaram Rifles took place in 1951. It merged with Maratha Regiment.

    Maha Sainik Darbar Hall

    One of the finest community centres is established near circuit house which consists of District Sainik Welfare Board office, other offices related to retired servicemen and a multipurpose hall of around 2,500 sq ft, named as Maha Sainik Darbar hall. The office has streamlined the processes for families of armymen to seek various forms so that nobody needs to stand in long queues. The hall can accommodate 2000 people and at a time and since its opening, it has received continuous demand for various events. It has a parking space for 1,000 vehicles.

    Flag Funds

    - Annually, district collects Rs 1.25 crore flag-day funds.

    - As many as 110 state and central government offices in the district participate in the fund collection

    - Out of the total collection, over 55 lakhs were utilized for the armymen last year

    - Board distributed health assistance of Rs 9.50 lakh for the families


    Soldiers to salute Kolhapur's royal family - The Times of India
     
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    Plan to help ex-armymen become engineering entrepreneurs

    KOLHAPUR: The department of sainik welfare is working on a pilot project to develop the entrepreneurial skills of ex-servicemen in Maharashtra. Retired soldiers, officers or their family members will be trained to run an engineering business and assisted in finding customers.

    The department is constructing 120 engineering units in Bhosari, Pune, as demand from the automobile industry based there would ensure work for the units. The units will be ready by March 2015.

    The state government has contributed Rs 10 crore to the project worth Rs 46 crore.

    "There is a community of 2.5lakh retired soldiers and commissioned officers in Maharashtra. They are involved either in some kind of business or farming. We have thought of engineering entrepreneurship keeping in mind the growth and employment potential there is," the director of the department of sainik welfare, Maharashtra, Colonel (retired) Suhas Jatkar told TOI.

    Each of the 120 units at Bhosari will be given to ex-army men and will help them create machine parts required by the automobile industry. Since demand for such businesses is high, the units can start functioning on their own in a short while, said the colonel.

    "We will train them and help them get orders. As this is a pilot project in the country, we have to decide several other things such as the duration of the training and helping people to set up units at their native places," Jatkar said.

    He added that the department will make up a list of interested candidates by the time the units are ready in March 2015.

    Jatkar was here to felicitate Shrimant Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaj for his family's contribution to the Indian army. A defence fraternity of around 3,000 people, representing over 25,000 families of working and retired servicemen, attended the ceremony held at Maha Sainik Darbar hall.

    Plan to help ex-armymen become engineering entrepreneurs - The Times of India
     

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