The ex-servicemen too have had a raw deal and have been holding fasts for justice on their most legitimate demand of “one rank-one pension”. Many of them have taken the extreme step of returning their medals to the President. One rank-one pension is an idea whose time has come and it must be implemented without further delay and without appointing any more committees of bureaucrats to look into the issue. While a Department of Ex-servicemen’s Welfare has been created in the Ministry of Defence in keeping with the UPA’s Common Minimum Programme, there isn’t a single ex-serviceman in it. Such measures do not generate confidence in the civilian leadership among serving soldiers and retired veterans. Finally, India is still without a National War Memorial!
The writer is Director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi.
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