Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ex-servicemen hold protest, demand equal pension 14 March 2010 Jantar Mantar

REJECTING HONOUR: Ex-servicemen surrender their medals at a protest in New Delhi on Sunday.

New Delhi: Around 1,000 retired defence personnel on Sunday staged a protest here demanding “equal pension for each rank” and collected their gallantry medals for returning them to the government.
Ex-servicemen from all the three defence forces held the protest at Jantar Mantar.
They would also submit a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, one of the organisers said.
The main demand is that irrespective of the date on which a soldier retires, he or she should get the same pension.
“It is a shame for the country that soldiers have to return their gallantry awards and meritorious medals and come to the streets for redressing their grievances,” they said. — PTI

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