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Gen VK Singh flays Cong for one-rank-one-pension

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Amritsar/Jalandhar, April 27, 2014
First Published: 10:47 IST(27/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:50 IST(27/4/2014)

Former Army chief Gen VK Singh (retd) has slammed the Congress on the issue of ‘one-rank-one-pension’, claiming that it had misled ex-servicemen for the past 26 years by providing nothing.

Addressing a meeting of ex-servicemen at Chheharta in support of BJP candidate Arun Jaitley on Saturday, Gen Singh said that 26 years ago, the KP Singh Deo Committee’s report on one-rank-one-pension was accepted. But instead of issuing a notification and implementing the scheme, the Congress put the report on the backburner, he claimed.

“Now, the union finance minister is saying that the proposal has been accepted in principle. How strange that after 26 years, you say that the proposals of the committee have been accepted,” he added.

He said the Congress had cheated ex-servicemen who had always given their 100% to the nation. He claimed that a common thing between the BJP and the ar my is that for both the nation came first.

Addressing the meeting, Jaitley promised that the NDA government would implement the one-rank-one-pension formula at the earliest.

Gen Singh took exception to Cong ress candidate Capt Amarinder Singh’s remark that he had helped save Amritsar during the 1965 war.

“No single man can save the country. It may be the 1965 or any other war; every time, it is the joint effort of the army, navy and air force which saves the country and not an individual,” he said.

In Jalandhar, campaigning for SAD-BJP candidate Pawan Tinu, Gen Singh blamed the Congress for “running a lobby of bureaucrats, politicians and arms dealers” for which they were making hurried appointments.

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