Tribune News Service Patiala, May 19
Punjab ex-servicemen are upset over the alleged apathetic attitude of the union and state governments, pertaining to their long pending pension demands.
The State Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association argues that as compared to the benefits under One-Rank-One-Pension, the notification issued by the Central government regarding the fixation of pension offers only peanuts to the ex-servicemen.
President of the association Col Kuldip Singh Grewal (retd) said the pensions of naiks and havildars, with the same service and in the same grade, were less than sepoys. “Minimum pension of Z Group havildar has been fixed at Rs 4,254, whereas that of a sepoy is placed at Rs 4,410. In the wake of minimum three-promotion policy, almost all sepoys will retire as at least honorary havildars. This means that they will get lesser pension than those sepoys, who could not make the grade to higher promotions because of some reasons,” he pointed out.
Grewal said such a policy revealed that the authorities responsible to fix pensions were either ignorant of the rank structure of the forces or were intentionally bent upon creating confusion among the general public.
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