Ex-servicemen protest over one-rank one-pension issue

Over 2000 ex-servicemen today held a protest in the capital 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 in blood 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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