Govt, army on same page, says VK Singh
The central government has agreed to fulfil the long-pending demand of 'one rank one pension', Army chief General VK Singh said. He said Rs 1,300 crore was needed for implementing the 'one rank one pension' scheme.punjab Updated: Apr 30, 2012 15:47 IST
The central government has agreed to fulfil the long-pending demand of 'one rank one pension', Army chief General VK Singh said on Sunday. He said Rs 1,300 crore was needed for implementing the 'one rank one pension' scheme, adding that the union ministry of defence (MoD) had agreed to this and was pursuing the matter in a phased manner.
General Singh, who was addressing a rally organised by the Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) in Baddowal Cantt, Ludhiana, said in reply to a question that he had brought issues pertaining to corruption in defence deals to the notice of the government and "now the ball is in their (the government's) court".
Asked about the row over the appointment of his successor, he said the Indian army was a secular organisation and religion, caste and creed were not the yardstick to measure anything. General Singh said a toll free number was provided to ex-servicemen after formulation of a "veteran cell" two years ago.
"Arrears worth Rs 12 crore were given to pensioners of a regiment in Jodhpur after coordinated efforts of the veteran cell."
He said the defence ministry was opening 20 medical care centres under the ex-servicemen contributory health scheme in Punjab.