Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ex-servicemen protest outside courts Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 9

Activists of the joint panel of citizens and ex-servicemen today protested outside the district courts for the acceptance of their long-pending demand of “one rank-one pension” and setting up of a separate pay commission for armed forces.

Holding placard they raised slogans against the government and appealed to end strong resentment prevailing among them. They urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to immediately intervene in this regard.“The Union Government must correct the situation in national interest and Indian Army should not be neglected as it would lead to demoralisation of the forces,” said C.S. Sidhu, co-convener of the joint panel. “Peanuts won’t attract meritorious youngsters to join Army, which led to shortage of 14,000 officers apart from Navy and Air Force,” he added. Dr M.S. Randhawa, co-convener of the panel, said the external and internal security threats in the country had assumed serious proportions and therefore forces could not be ignored.

They urged the Prime Minister to accept their demands and immediately announce one rank-one pension and separate pay commission for armed forces on lines of Europe and the USA.
 Activists of the joint panel of citizens and former servicemen protest in Amritsar. Photo: Vishal Kumar

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