Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ex-servicemen disenchanted with the Government

Ex-servicemen to boycott Assembly elections
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Chandigarh, India

Jalandhar, January 9
Condemning the ruling SAD-BJP combine and the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for not accepting their demands, the ex-servicemen have decided to boycott the Assembly elections in the state.
The ex-servicemen, under the banner of the All India Defence Pensioners’ Welfare Association, Jalandhar, heads of various ex-servicemen organisations and NGOs of Punjab, unanimously passed a resolution in this regard following the “indifferent” attitude of the successive governments towards the ex-servicemen.
The ex-servicemen have also decided to hold a ‘rail roko abhiyan’ in February.
With this decision, as many as eight lakh ex-servicemen voters in the state would not exercise their franchise.
Col Kuldip Singh Grewal (retd), president of the State Ex-servicemen Welfare Association from Patiala, pointed out that both the UPA government at the Centre and the SAD-BJP government in the state turned a blind eye towards the ex-servicemen community.
Lt Col SS Sohi of the grievances cell from Mohali said the SAD-BJP government discontinued gun licences to ex-servicemen. “While our licences were discontinued, others sections of the community were still getting licences,” he added.
Talking about the UPA government’s “failure” to implement the ‘one-rank, one-pension’ scheme, Squadron Leader YS Nijjar, chief coordinator of the association, said: “There is unreasonable gaps and anomalies in the pensions of Naik to Sub Major in honorary ranks. Captain, Majors and Major Generals were being neglected even after regular appeals and the Armed Forces Tribunal orders.”President of Ex-servicemen Welfare Union, Punjab, said there was a huge disparity in the pensions of widows, which needs to be rectified. “For the past 35 years, war widows are awaiting 10 acres of land and cash as promised by the state government. Even the funds for the war injured ex-servicemen and widows welfare activities also decreased,” he added.
Ex-servicemen to boycott Assembly elections

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