Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ex-servicemen to hold rally against sixth pay panel recommendation

Various ex-servicemen (ESM) organisations have decided to take out a protest rally against the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission for the defence services at the War Memorial in Sector 3 on April 27.

The recommendations have proved highly disappointing for the defence services.

"The organisations feel that the Commission has not been just to the defence forces, including the ESM community and the war widows. Our longstanding demand of 'one-rank-one-pension' has been ignored yet again, as has been our sacrifices for the nation. Therefore, nine ESM organisations have come out on one single platform to protest against the Commission and the fact that its review committee has no representation of the defence services. This is despite the fact that the defence forces are facing a huge manpower crisis at present," said Col (retd) S S Sohi of the Ex-Servicemen Grievance Cell, Punjab.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Indian ESM League, Punjab and Chandigarh chapter, Mohali and Ropar chapter, Defence Brotherhood, ESM Welfare Association (Personnel below Officers Rank), ESM Grievances Cell and ESM Association of Zirakpur and Dera Bassi. All present agreed that they should conduct a peaceful protest similar to the Indian ESM League protest at New Delhi, on the same date and time.

"We want to pay homage to the martyred soldiers of our country before we proceed with the protest at the War Memorial on April 27. We will also mail our demands to the PM and the Defence Minister," said Brig HS Ghuman.

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