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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Kullu, October 17, 2013
Joining the nationwide campaign for “One rank, one pension”, members of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) under Brig Khushal Thakur (retd), convener of IESM Movement, Himachal Pradesh, held a meeting at Kullu on Thursday.
The members reiterated their demands of “One rank, one pension”, widow pension, correction of pay anomalies, restoring the rank and status, national commission for the armed forces on the lines of women's commission and the minority commission and guaranteed job till 60 years for an ex-servicemen.

He alleged, “The military has been deliberately kept out of the policy formation loops even after six decades of loyal, secular, patriotic and dedicated service to the nation.”

He alleged that there was a stark difference in employment of military and civilian employees and there was no parallel in any of the civilian services and as such the military needed to be treated fairly.

The military and civil services were two equal pillars of the government and need to be treated as such and there should not be any disparity in pay, perks and pension. In many of the countries, the pay and pension of military personnel was 20% to 30% higher than their civilian counterparts, added Thakur.

He said the IESM had planned to intensify the movement at state and nation levels to protest against the injustice meted out to ex-servicemen.