The benefits of awards given to armed forces personnel for distinguished service would be increased up to Rs 25 lakh with retrospective effect, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Friday.
Inaugurating the Armed Forces Flag Day celebrations and an ex-servicemen meet here, the Chief Minister promised assistance to service personnel who required organ transplantation and permanent medical attention.
The State Government will also sanction Rs 13 lakh to the Territorial Army for purchasing a mini van.
This unit based in Kannur had been adjudged the best Territorial Army unit in the country.
The profits on this year’s Christmas-New Year bumper lottery will be used for the uplift of armed forces personnel in the state, the Chief Minister said.
Health Minister V S Sivakumar, K Muraleedharan MLA, Territorial Army, Kannur unit commander Colonel G S Bali, actor Mohanlal, who is the goodwill ambassador of the Territorial Army and Sainik Welfare Director K K Govindan Nair were also present.