District Sainik Welfare Office

General History & Back Ground of Zila Sainik Boards

The Indian Soldiers’ Board was constituted on 7 Feb, 1919 at the conclusion of time of Great War, with the primary Objective of dealing with the grant to Indian soldiers of rewards for distinguished service during 1914-1919 and with a number of special matters of an ephemeral nature relating to the protection of the interests of Indian Soldiers who had served and were still serving overseas. With the passing years the duties of the Board have gradually adjusted themselves to the change from War to peace conditions, but continue, and centre round the home Welfare of the Indian Soldiers and their dependents. The main functions of the Board at that time may be summed up as the construction and execution of such measures as may be necessary to protect the home interests of the Indian Soldiers, to assist as far as may be practicable in establishing the ex-soldiers in civil life and the distribution of monetary assistance to relieve distress arising from field or foreign service among ex-soldiers and their dependants.

On 1st April 1944 it was decided that the Indian Soldiers Board should be reconstituted as the Indian soldiers, Sailors told Airmen Board. On 29 January , 1964 declared as permanent the District Soldiers, Sailors was department of the State Government. During 1972 it was again reconstituted as Zila Sainik Board. On 1st June 1983 the Zila Sainik Boards were constituted as District Sainik Welfare Offices in the State of Punjab and Airmen Board.

List of Secretaries/DSWOs Sainik Welfare Office, Ludhiana

Sr. No. Secretaries Period Served
  From To
1 Lt. Joginder Singh Gill 26/04/1947 14/11/1956
2 Capt. Naranjan Singh 15/11/1956 12/07/1970
3 Capt. Dev Raj 13/02/1970 20/01/1971
4 Capt. Naranjan Singh Grewal 21/01/1971 11/08/1971
5 Major Nirvair Singh 12/08/1971 12/07/1972
6 Capt. Naranjan Singh Grewal 24/07/1972 31/10/1974
7 Capt. Sarabjit Singh 16/05/1975 27/11/1975
8 Capt. Naranjan Singh Grewal 28/11/1975 09/10/1976
9 Maj. P. S . Atwal 28/11/1976 31/12/1979
10 Sqn. Ldr. J.S. Sandhu 25/01/1980 21/03/1983
District Sainik Welfare Officer, Ludhiana
11 Maj. Jaspal Singh 01/06/1983 18/05/1990
12 Major S S Rana 18/05/1990 30/06/1993
13 Major Peshawra Singh 29/10/1993 02/01/1995
14 Wg. Cdr. M S Randhawa 01/08/1995 30/11/2003
15 Lt. Commander Tarlochan Singh, YSM 01/12/2003 18/09/2006
16 Col Mulkjeet Singh Sandhu 19/09/2006 31/10/2009
17 Lt. Col Harvinder Pal Singh 15/12/2009 23/06/2010
18 Lt. Col Manmohan Singh 07/09/2010 30/10/2012
19 Lt. Col Harvinder Pal Singh 01/11/2012 29/05/2013
20 Col KPS Atwal 30/05/2013 14/07/2015
21 Lt. Col J S Boparai 15/07/2015 Till Date


Designation Established Strength Vacant Remarks
DSWO 1 1
Supdt. Grade II 1 1
S/Junior Assistant/Clerk 4 4
Welfare Workers 5 3 2
Steno 1 1
Peons 2 2
Sweeper 1 1
Driver 1 1

Composition of Zila Sainik Board, Ludhiana

President Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana
Vice President Gp Capt. Gurpreet Singh Mangat (Retd)

Official Members

  1. Representative of Area/sub Area Commander (Army)
  2. Zonal Recruiting Officer or his representative
  3. Senior Supdt. of Police, Ludhiana
  4. ADC (Dev) Ludhiana
  5. SDO (Civil) East Ludhiana
  6. SDO (Civi1) West Ludhiana
  7. SDO (CiviI) Jagraon
  8. SDO (CiviI) Khanna
  9. SDO (Civi1) Samrala
  10. SDO (CiviI) Raikot
  11. SDO (Civil) Payal
  12. District Education officer (Secondary) Ludhiana
  13. District Education Officer (Primary) Ludhiana
  14. District Employment Officer, Ludhiana
  15. District Food & Supply Controller Ludhiana
  16. GM, District Industries Centre, Ludhiana
  17. District Transport Officer, Ludhiana
  18. DPDO Ludhiana
  19. DPDO Jagraon
  20. Civil Surgeon Ludhiana
  21. Lead Bank Officer, Ludhiana

Non-official member

  1. Shri Narinder Singh Nanda, Prominent Social worker, Bhadaur House, Near Clock Tower, Ludhiana


  1. H / Capt. Amrik Singh, Vill. Boani, Tehsil – Payal, Ludhiana

Summary of Gallantry Award Winners

Sr.No. Name of Award Nos. Remarks
1 Param Vir Chakra 1 1 Posthumous
2 Maha Vir Chakra 7 3 Posthumous
3 Vir Chakra 22 3 Posthumous
4 Ashok Chakra 3  
5 Kirti Chakra 4  
6 Shaurya Chakra 17 3 Posthumous
7 Uttam Yudh Sewa Medal 1  
7 Yudh Seva Medal 8  
8 Sena Medal/Nau Sena Medal/Vayu Sena Medal 113  
9 Mention-in-Despatches 69  
10 Vashist Seva Medal 65  
11 Ati Vashist Seva Medal 26  
12 Param Vashist Seva Medal 17  
13 Military Crossl 3  
Total 356 10 posthumous

List of War Memorials

  1. Memorial of Late Major Bhupinder Singh, MVC

    The Memorial of Late Major Bhupinder Singh is installed near Governmet College for Women, Ludhiana on the road heading to Jagraon Bridge. On 19 Sep.1965, in the battle of Sodreke in Pakistan his tank was hit by the enemy and it caught fire. Major Bhupinder Singh was severely burnt. Though evacuated he subsequently laid his life for the Honour of the Nation on 04 Oct. 1965. The Statue was first installed in Bharat Nagar Chowk on 30 Oct. 1979. This was relocated at its present place on 07 Dec. 1995. It is being maintained by the Municipal Corporation.

  2. Memorial of Late Fg. Offr. Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, PVC

    Fg. Offr. Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon was a Pilot of a Gnat Detachment based at Srinagar for the air defense of the valley against Pakistan air attacks. On 14 Dec. 1971 Srinagar air field was attacked by six enemy Sabre Aircrafts, Fg . Offr. Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon took off immediately and engaged a pair of attacking Sabers. He destroyed two enemy aircrafts, Eventually his aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft and he was killed. The Statue of the officer was installed at Samrala Bypass Chowk, Ludhiana by the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana on 19 Jan 1980. Subsequently the statue alongwith the Gnat aircraft was shifted to D.C. Office Complex and the maintenance is being done by the corporation.

  3. Memorial of Major Gurjinder Singh

    The Memorial was constructed by the villagers of Lohgarh village of Ludhiana District in the memory of Late Major Gurjinder Singh on 29 March 1975 who died in Indo-pak War 1971. It was constructed with the contribution made by the villagers. Later on Punjab Govt. had sanctioned Rs. 10,000/- for completion of work. Due to friction in the villagers, it could not be completed. This incomplete memorial is not being maintained by any authority.

  4. Memorial of Late Nb/sub. Karnail Singh

    Late Naib Subedar Karnail Singh died on 08 Dec. 1971 at Hussainiwala during Indo- Pak 1971. The memorial has been constructed in Village Mallah, Tehsil Jagraon, District Ludhiana in Feb. 1972 by his father Shri Sher Singh at his own expenses. The memorial is still incomplete due to paucity of funds. This is being maintained by the father of the deceased.

  5. Memorial of 2/Lt. Rachhpal Singh

    Late 2/Lt, Rachhpal Singh died on 20 Sep. 1965 in Sialkot Sector during lndo-pak war 1965, Memorial has been constructed In his village Aligarh (Rachhpal Singh Nagar, Tehsil Jagraon), Distt. Ludhiana.

Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon Rest House, Ludhiana

An area of 65 Acre (3146 Sq. Yards) of Nazul land, Clock Tower, Ludhiana was taken on 99 years lease from the Zila Prishad Ludhiana on 16th June 1933. Old Sainik Rest House was constructed on this portion of land in the year 1934-35. The measurement of sides are as under :-


(a) North Katchery Road 265 Ft
(b) South Towards Zila Prishad 184 Ft
(c) East Front towards Clock Tower 102 Ft
(d) West Railway Road 197-2/3 Ft

A shopping complex was constructed on this land during 1969-71 on North side and second in front on East side during 1976-80. Later on Sainik Rest was constructed during 1982-86. A loan of Rs.9,20,000/- was taken from Punjab Post War Re-construction Fund (New Punjab Amalgamated fund ) to construct the shopping complex. The loan has been refunded with effect from 01/04/1986. The income of all Sainik Rest Houses in Punjab has been centralised by the Director, Sainik Welfare Punjab, Chandigarh.

Rates of Sainik Rest Houses are as under

Category No of Rooms Serving/Retd Soldier Govt. Employee State/Central Civilian
AC Room 5 400 500 600
Non AC Room 6 200 300 400

Department Employees : 50% of the rates applicable to ex-serviceman Winners of PVC, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra and Yudh Seva Medal, Gallantry Awards only/War Widows of defense Personnel including Officers and 100% War Disabled Ex-servicemen One room only – Free for not more than two nights in a month.

Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon Sainik Rest House is a three storey building of which following are the tenants :-

  • Shops on ground floor – 26
  • State Govt. Offices – 1
  • Chartered Accountants – 3
  • Banks – 3
  • Architect – l
  • Store/Officer -9

Punjab Amalgamated Fund : Education Stipend

Education stipend

  1. Eligibility Criteria
    • Minimum Pass Marks 65%
    • Children of Re-employed Ex-Servicemen are also eligible w.e.f. Academic Session
    • No Marks limit for the children of War Widows/Widows of Ex- Servicemen for the grant of stipend,
    • Should apply for grant of stipend within 4 months from the date of declaring the result.
    • Given for 2 years to studying children.
  2. 10th and 10+2 Education Stipend
    65% to 69% Rs. 100/- P.M./-
    70% to 74% Rs. 200/- P.M./-
    75% to 79% Rs. 300/- P.M./-
    80% and above Rs. 400/- P.M./-

Financial Assistance to totally blind Ex-servicemen — Rs. 1500 p.m.

  • Financial Assistance to handicaped children of Ex-Servicemen
    40% to 50% Rs. 450/- P.M./-
    51% to 75% Rs. 600/- P.M./-
    76% and above Rs. 750/- P.M./-


This scheme is eligible those children of ESM, who are joined professional degree course in the current year. Eligibility criteria for this scheme is as under:

    1. Min. entry qualification marks should be 60% and above.(+2 or BA)
    2. Selection certeria(4000 students in india on merit basis)
    3. Processing time in Dec to Feb( for first years students)
    4. Declare this scheme on internet in the month of Dec/Jan by Kendriya Sainik Board
    5. Last date for online application for this scholarship is 30 Nov every year as per latest guidelines.
    6. For further any enquiry/information visit

List Of Senior Retired Officers Of Ludhiana

  1. Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon Vrc.PVSM,AVSM, Silver Oaks, Country Home,South City,Via Ayali,Ldh
  2. Maj.Gen Ajit Singh, 88, Model Town, Ldh
  3. Maj.Gen Heer Ranjit Singh, 157, Sarabha Nagar, Ldh
  4. Maj.Gen S.S. Jawandha, VSM 78/1311, Guru Amar Dass Nagar, Ludhiana
  5. Maj.Gen K.S. Kohli 27 H, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana
  6. AVM Kahlon PPS,AVSM,VSM 526 A,Model Town, Extn-Ph-II, Ludhiana
  7. Brig. Avtar Singh 543- R , Model Town, Ludhiana
  8. Brig. H.S. Brar 561- R, Model Town, Ludhiana
  9. Brig. G. K. Bhagat 165-R, Model Town, Ludhiana
  10. Air Cmde N.S. Chahal 22, Raghunath Enclave, Near Agar Nagar, Ludhiana
  11. Brig. Davinder Singh Dhillon VPO: Rajgarh, Teh: Payal, Ludhiana
  12. Brig. B.S. Gill, VRC BXX-2648, Paramjit Road, Gurdev Nagar, Ludhiana
  13. Brig. Harkirat Singh I-C Udham Singh Nagar, Ldh
  14. Brig. Jagdev Singh 21-D, Sarabha Nagar, Ldh
  15. Brig. S.K. Khanna 6 Rajinder Nagar, Ludhiana
  16. Brig. R.K. Khanna 5-B Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana
  17. Brig. R,P. Malhotra 1046, Sant Nagar, Civil Lines, Ludhiana
  18. Brig. S.S. Sandhu 41 defense Colony, B.R.S. Nagar, Ludhiana
  19. Brig. O.P. Shandil J-10, Sarabha Nagar, Ldh
  20. Brig. Swaran Singh C/O Upper India Steel Ltd, G T Road, Ludhiana
  21. Brig Pirthi Singh Toor 3084 Ph II, Urban Estate, Dugri Road, Ldh
  22. Brig. Shiv Darshan Singh Toor B-XXVI-S-II592, DMC, Model Gram, Ludhiana
  23. Brig. Suresh Kumar Verma, VSM 6, Rajinder Nagar, Civil Line, Ludhiana
  24. Brig. Zora Singh, PVSM Mini House Dhurkot Road,Ahmedgarh Mandi, Ldh
  25. Air Cmde M.I. Singh, VSM 317, Model Town, Ludhiana
  26. Air Cmde Surinder Singh (Late) 305 MIG Pb Housing Board, Ludhiana
  27. Cdr R.N. Khanna 1671, G R D, Housing Complex,Sec-39,Chandigarh
  28. Cdr Makhan Singh Doaba Building, Rly Road, Doraha Mandi, Ldh
  29. Brig DPS Sandhu , 6-D Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana
  30. Brig VP Dhand 232, Model House, Ludhiana
  31. Brig Mrs. PK Dhawan, H.No. 2083, Phase 1, U.E., Dugri, Ludhiana
  32. Brig Surinder singh Gill, BISTRO 226, Civil Street, Civil Lines, Ludhiana
  33. Brig Mastinder Singh, 303 , model town, Ludhiana
  34. Air Cmde Ajit singh Sandhu, 3078, sec-38, Urban Estate, chd road, Ludhiana
  35. Brig Harinder singh Gill, 549-i Block, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana

Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum, Ludhiana

This is a Punjab Government’s, International level War Museum founded in 1991 where Punjab’s Contribution in India’s defense is highlighted and contains 12 Galleries i.e. Ancient History, Post Independence History Gallery, Hero’s Gallery, Costume Gallery, Library, Kargil Gallery, Signal, Sound & Light Show, Main Foyer etc.

Every day Light & Sound Show is also shown in addition to small war movies of defense interest are shown to the visitors Using LCD Projector. It contains 2 beautiful lawns where War trophies of Army, Navy & Air force are displayed.

War Museum

Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum