Directorate of Sainik Welfare Chhattisgarh

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HISTORY


             In 1919, the District Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen Boards were established by the British Government in all the states for the purpose of looking after welfare of Ex-Service personnel demobilized after the First Great War. The District Boards used to be headed by the Secretary at the District level. The District Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen's Board continued to work for the ex-servicemen's welfare for a number of years even after Independence of the country in 1947. During the year 1972, these Boards were re-designated as Zila Sainik Boards and placed under the control of the Deputy Commissioner of the District, who is the President of the Zila Sainik Board. The administrative control of the Rajya Sainik Board and the Zila Sainik Boards used to be with the Chief Secretary to Govt. With the increase in welfare activities for ex-servicemen and introduction of various welfare schemes after Indo-Pak War of 1965 & 1971, the work load increased fast both with the Rajya Sainik Boards and Zila Sainik Boards. Keeping all these factors in view, establishment of such a Directorate was recommended by the Revitalization Committee constituted by the Government of India for strengthening the Zila Sainik Boards and Rajya Sainik Boards. In the year 1983, the Secretaries of the Zila Sainik Boards were re-designated as District Sainik Welfare Officers with the status of a Class-I Officer.

             There are Eight DSWOs under this Directorate. This Directorate looks after the welfare of approximately 25000 personnel of Defence Services, serving and retired and their families. Among them, 12 are decorated for gallantry, 23 War Widows / Dependants and 194 veterans of World War II drawing old age pension.