I wrote a letter to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa seeking his support for ‘One Rank One Pension’ for armed forces veterans as this has been a long pending demand. It must be remembered that the Armed Forces remain one of the most important institutions in the country with a rich history of selflessness. Their justified demands have to be fulfilled.
When companies and corporates walk away with doles, concessions and payouts in a blink, we as a nation are reducing our brave men to beg for a fair deal. As Kautilya, the great political strategist, wrote to Chandragupta Maurya centuries ago saying, “The day the soldier has to demand his dues it will be a sad day for Magadha. For then on that day you will have lost all moral sanction to be a king.”
When the Parliamentary Standing Committee has already endorsed and recommended ‘One rank one pension’ to the Government of India, it is about time to garner more support for it and get it implemented.
When the government could accede to the demands of the Members of Parliament for a salary hike, which is fully justified, then this delay in responding to the long pending demands of the armed forces veterans is in stark contrast to their action in the matter of the MPs.
It is necessary to pay heed to the long pending demands of ex-servicemen.
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament
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Special pay commission can help come up with solution
This is a genuine demand for which we have been waiting for a while. Is it because the ex-servicemen are demanding their dues in a disciplined manner that a solution is yet to be arrived at? A bureaucratic problem is creating the hurdle.
They feel if our demands are fulfilled, there will be similar demands from the police and paramilitary forces as well. But service conditions of defence personnel cannot be compared with other forces.
A defence personnel has to retire at the age of 30 and 40. As there is no alternative source of employment they find it difficult to manage.
Defence personnel guard the borders of our country under hostile circumstances — in deserts in Rajastham, Siachen glaciers or Arunachal Pradesh jungles.
And they are being wronged for a justified demand. There should be a special pay commission for the forces which will understand the working conditions.
Other government services are not like the defence forces who have to give up on their career early in life and do not get rightful compensation. The delay is very disappointing.
—Major General M.C. Nanjappa, retired
Source: Deccan Chronicle