Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Support grows for 'one rank, one pension': Times Now exclusive

Support grows for 'one rank, one pension'
Two days after ex-servicmen began protesting, demanding one basic right, one rank, one pension, one of the highest ranking officers has now backed their demand. Speaking exclusively to your channel, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh said that the demands of the ex-servicemen were legitimate. Around 5000 ex-servicemen held protests in the capital on Sunday, demanding the implementation of one rank, one pension scheme.
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Debate: Should they have returned the medals?
TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami debates the issue of ex-servicemen protesting and asking for implementation of one-rank one-pension issue with Lt Gen (Retd) Raj Kadyan, Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff; Lt Colonel Inderjit Singh, Chairman All India Ex Services Welfare Association; Harish Salve, Former Solicitor General; Dr Amit Mitra, Secretary General FICCI and Lt General J F R Jacob.

Over 2000 ex-servicemen held a protest in the capital on August 22 demanding "one-rank one-pension" and submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil in this regard.

"We have been demanding one-rank one-pension for the last 26 years. Constitution of Ex-servicemen Commission having ex-servicemen as its members and separate Pay Commission are some of our other demands for consideration," said retired Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, Chairman of Indian ESM Movement.

He said the demonstrators, including the family of the ex-servicemen, also submitted over one lakh signatures inblood to lodge their protest. "We have been representing to all authorities but they have not yet accepted the recommendations of the All Party Standing Committee on Defence tabled in the Lok Sabha on May 7 strongly recommending the grant of one-rank one-pension to the defence personnel," he added.
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