Retired soldiers protest over pension hike

May 28th, 2008 - 1:11 pm ICT by admin  

Panchkula/New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): Scores of ex-servicemen or retired soldiers went on a hunger strike in Chandigarh to demand pension hike.
The veterans gathered at a soldiers’ memorial in Panchkula, wearing black badges to protest against being shortchanged by the Sixth Pay Commission.
“Unfortunately, since Sixth Pay Commission had no representation from armed forces, which is of sorts repeated for last three decades and for what reason it’s not granted, one is not aware. So bureaucracy put across their points of view, benefited from the pay commission, but brought down the services not just a peg down, a couple of pegs down,” said H.P.S. Sidhu, an ex-serviceman.
“This is what has hurt everyone to such a large extent that even the defence forces officers, against whose ethos is to do things like this, fast for justice, have had to do it because in a democratic society, one understands, there is no other way. So, we veterans have to stand up because the service officer serving cannot do it,” Sidhu added.
Meanwhile, Army chief General Deepak Kapoor expressed the hope that the Central Government would set correct the aberrations.
“The ex-servicemen are asking for ‘one rank, one pension’, one of the anomalies which we have, which we have also drawn the attention of the government to. I’m sure the government will come to appropriate decision on that,” Kapoor told reporters in New Delhi on the sidelines of a seminar.
The Sixth Pay Commission submitted its recommendations to the Central Government in March on pay hike for government employees including armed forces personnel.
A committee of top bureaucrats is presently studying the report before the government approves the proposals. (ANI)

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