Members of the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Society were highly dissatisfied with the union budget, as their demand of one rank, one pension has not been approved. Earlier, the members were hopeful of getting one rank one pension - a long pending demand fulfilled as both the governments had given assurance.
Members claimed that the defense minister also assured the delegation of Indian Ex-servicemen movement led by Major General Satbir Singh (retired) last month to fulfill the demand, but in vain. Members claimed that the Supreme Court had also passed instructions in this regard, but they were still waiting for one rank, one pension.
"We are highly demoralised as one rank one pension is being delayed with lame excuses. The union budget is not according to our expectations. Army-men sacrifice their lives, serve in difficult conditions and most of time they are separated from their families. Nearly 75% armymen retire between the age of 35 and 40 years, whereas in other services they retire between 58 and 60 years. Earlier, they used to get 70% pension, which has now been reduced to 50%," said Major Sher Singh Aulakh (retired), general secretary of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Society, Ludhiana.