Ex-servicemen have welcomed one rank one pension
Ex-servicemen have welcomed ‘one rank, one pension’ scheme announced in interim Union budget. However, they feel that the decision has been inspired by forthcoming general elections in country.
Air Marshal (retired) Harish Masand said it is a very good gesture from government. Finally, he said, the struggle in battle filed has borne fruits. Recalling the days of dharnas at Jantar Mantar and India Gate, Masand said, “More then 21,000 medals (gallantry) were returned by ex-servicemen to President as part of their protest.”
He added that jawans and junior commissioned officers of all three forces will be benefitted.
Brig (retired) Madan Mohan Bhanot said it is the best decision taken by government for the welfare of ex-servicemen but the time is not appropriate. He said the decision seems to have been inspired by the forthcoming elections. “The same provision was always there for officers of the rank of lt general and above in all three forces,” said Brig Bhanot adding that real beneficiaries would be those in other ranks especially the jawans, who would now be able to provide better education for their children and improve the quality of life.
Col (retired) Virendra Kumar Saini said, “Jawans retire after giving the prime of their youth for the cause of nation and get peanuts in return. He is also not trained to get suitable remunerations in corporate sector, therefore the chances of his respectable earnings are reduced. For such people, this decision will really mean a lot and they will be able to lead a quality life.”
source : The Times Of India