In order to address the concerns of its ex-servicemen, the Army has appointed officers of Colonel rank to act as a channel of direct correspondence between the retired personnel and the Army Headquarters.
The need for appointment of such officers were felt in the wake of a massive agitation carried out by the veteran personnel in all parts of the country in demand of One Rank, One Pension (OROP). At the time of the OROP agitation, the defence ministry and the central government faced absence of officers who were in regular touch with the huge ex-servicemen community comprising a staggering population of over 23 lakh and majority of them living nearby the cantonment areas.
This decision was taken early this year by the central government to have regular officers handling all grievances and playing the role of a mediator between the ex-servicemen and the government. These officers have been given the designation of Colonel Veteran and have been posted in areas where there is a large population of the retired personnel.
This is an initiative of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force in all its wisdom may use the already existing countrywide network of the Air Force Association.