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Kendriya Sainik Board:
RAJYA AND ZILA SAINIK BOARD AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES
Rajya and Zila Sainik Boards
9. The composition of the Rajya Sainik Boards and Zila Sainik Boards is given below:
 
a. Composition of Rajya Sainik Boards
  President : Governor/Chief Minister
  Vice President(s) : GOC-in-C Command
FOC-in-C Command
AOC-in-C Command
  Ex-officio Members : State Ministers,
Heads of Departments,
Local Formation Commanders
Director, Resettlement Zone
  Non-official Members : Four Ex-Servicemen,
Two prominent citizens
  Secretary : Director, Deptt of Sainik Welfare
Note: - DGR and Secretary, KSB are special invitees at the meetings.
b. Composition of Zila Sainik Boards
  President : District Collector
  Vice President : Senior ex-Service Officer
  Ex-officio members : Heads of State Govt Departments/ Recruiting Officer
  Non Official members : Two ex - Servicemen
Four Prominent Citizens
  Secretary : Zila Sainik Welfare Officer
Organisation
10. The inter-relationship between the various Deptts in the Central Organisation and the State and Zila Organisation are outlined in the following chart:
11. As it may be seen from the organisational set up, the DGR and Secretary KSB have limited control or direct supervision over the State and District level policy making organisations i.e. the Rajya and Zila Sainik Boards. DGR and Secretary, KSB assist the Departments of Sainik Welfare in each State/UT and maintain an advisory function towards Secretary, RSB. Secretary, KSB is also the inspecting officer for RSBs. Fifty percent (50%) of the establishment and maintenance costs of the Department of Sainik Welfare and Zila Sainik Welfare Offices is shared by the Centre with State Govts/Union Territories.
Responsibilities of Rajya and Zila Sainik Boards.
12. The Departments of Sainik Welfare/Rajya Sainik Boards in the States/UTs are responsible for the following functions:
 
a. Co-ordinate the work of Zila Sainik Welfare Offices in the State.
b. Maintain Liaison with Ministries of the State, State undertaking and enterprises and banks to seek vacancies for ESM and widows as per reservation policy of the State and as per recruitment rules. Monitor such vacancies and ensure these are filled up by ESM or widows.
c. Promoting measures for the welfare and resettlement of ex-Servicemen and families of serving/deceased personnel of the Armed Forces.
d. Disseminating information to the general public regarding the Armed Forces in the country and for taking measures to enhance interest in Armed Forces amongst general public.
e. Administering the Zila Sainik Welfare Offices (ZSWOs) in the State in accordance with the rules and instructions prescribed by the Central and State Govts.
f. Carry out any duties assigned by DGR/Secretary, KSB.
g. Submit to KSB report for claiming the 50 percent charges for establishment expenditure of RSB and ZSBs of the State.
h. Maintain upto date status of ESM, disabled ESM, widows and dependents.
i. Ensure timely submission of reports and returns to DGR/KSB.
j. Organise RSB meeting under Chairmanship of Chief Minister and Amalgamated Fund meeting under chairmanship of Governor of the State.
k. Seek and monitor employment opportunities for ESM and widows in the private sector.
l. Assist ESM and widows in planning and funding of Self-employment ventures.
m. Organise Armed Forces Flag Day Fund collection drive throughout the year.
n. Create additional welfare measures for ESM and widows.











13. The Zila Sainik Welfare Offices (ZSWOs)/Zila Sainik Boards(ZSBs) which are the field units of this organisation are responsible for the tasks as given under:
 
a. Disseminating information to the general public regarding the Armed Forces in the country and constantly endeavouring to promote and maintain a feeling of goodwill between civilians and service personnel and ex-Servicemen.
b. Monitoring the welfare of families of servicemen and ex-Servicemen and assisting them in representing their cases with the local administration or the Defence authorities.
c. Giving information to the general public regarding the conditions of service in the Armed Forces and to assist intending candidates in approaching the appropriate recruiting authorities for purposes of enlistment.
d. Keeping a watch on the adequacy of the number of pension paying Branch Post Offices.
e. Scrutinising applications for relief from various Military and Civil charitable funds and making suitable recommendations.
f. Granting financial relief to ex-Servicemen and their dependents from funds at their disposal. Recommending cases of ESM and their families for financial assistance from KSB.
14. The welfare responsibilities of Zila Sainik Welfare Offices (ZSWOs) will encompass all such traditional activities which were already being performed by these offices with particular reference to the following:
 
a. Settlement of financial problems such as pension and other retirement/release benefits/dues to ex-Servicemen and grants and assistance in kind to ex-Servicemen beneficiaries and dependents from the Central/State Govts or other Organisations such as the Indian Red Cross Society etc.
b. Maintaining close liaison with the Pension Disbursing authorities/agencies in the District to ensure prompt and correct payment of pension and reliefs to ex-Servicemen pensioners or their dependents.
c. Providing assistance for settlement of land and other disputes.
d. Assist families of serving personnel staying separately during their absence away on duty.
e. Promote and maintain under the guidance of the State Rajya Sainik Boards, welfare measures in the District such as Rest House for ex-Servicemen, old age pensioners' homes, vocational and other training facilities etc.
f. Mobilise assistance for medical treatment in Military/Civil hospitals.
g. Maintain liaison with other welfare organisations such as the Indian Red Cross Society, etc to enhance additional sources of welfare and concessions for ex-Servicemen and their families/dependents in the Districts.
h. Maintain an up-to-date register of war widows, dependents and those disabled in action with a view to ensure their welfare.
i. To represent DGR/KSB, Ministry of Defence (Govt of India) in Court Cases under their jurisdiction in which these organisations have been made respondent.
15. The responsibilities of the Zila Sainik Welfare Offices (ZSWOs) with regard to resettlement of ex-Servicemen are :
 
a. To maintain close and effective liaison for purpose of resettlement through employment of ex-Servicemen with:
 
(i) Local Central/State/Private industrial Organisation
(ii) Local employment exchange particularly in States where it has co-sponsoring powers for re-employment of ex-Servicemen
(iii) Local revenue authorities in connection with schemes for resettlement on land of ex-Servicemen.
(iv) District Industries/Block Development Offices and assisting those ex-Servicemen desirous of setting up small scale industries.
(v) Civil industry and businesses for organising a second career.
b. Assist ex-Servicemen in forming and setting up co-operatives for their self-employment.
c. Provide all resettlement assistance to war widows, dependents and war disabled as well as to those who died/disabled while in service due to attributable reasons.
f. Granting financial relief to ex-Servicemen and their dependents from funds at their disposal. Recommending cases of ESM and their families for financial assistance from KSB.
16. Other responsibilities of Zila Sainik Welfare Offices (ZSWOs) are:
 
a. Organise Armed Forces Flag Day and Flag Day collections and any other authorised fund raising measures in the district.
b. Organise rallies/re-union of ex-Servicemen.
c. Explore avenues for providing educational and vocational training facilities for ex-Servicemen and their dependents to enable them to seek employment or set up self-employment venture.
d. Assist the three Services whenever called upon to do so to disseminate information within the district regarding terms and conditions of service in the Armed Forces, provide publicity for recruitment notice and for assistance rendered by the Armed Forces in times of national calamities, notification of awards of gallantry and other decorations, introduction of welfare schemes of service personnel and their families.
17. Assistance provided to ex-Servicemen who after retirement from the Indian Armed Forces are settled in Nepal.
  The Welfare Branch created under the Indian Defence Attache at Kathmandu cater to the welfare needs of Indian Armed Forces ex-Servicemen and their dependents, the bulk of whom belong to the Indian Gorkha Regiments of the Indian Army. The Welfare Branch was designed to create awareness for job opportunities, rehabilitation schemes etc. conducted under the aegis of the DGR.