ONE RANK, ONE PENSION
Ex-servicemen hold rally in Sangrur
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, May 23
Thousands of ex-servicemen here today gathered under the banner of the ex-servicemen wing of the SAD to work out a joint strategy to fight the battle of one rank, one pension.They held a “Wangaar rally”, a call for which was given by the national president of the ex-servicemen wing of the SAD, Colonel Pratap Inder Singh Phulka (retd).Addressing delegates from six states - J&K, HP, Haryana, Delhi, UP and Rajasthan, Phulka appealed to all organisations to unite and fight the battle. He said the rally was organised in the aftermath of the reply given by Deputy Defence Minister MM Palam Raju to a question raised by MPs in the Lok Sabha on April 19 this year. He had said no to the demand of one rank, one pension for ex-servicemen.Speakers of ex-servicemen organisations appreciated the SAD for passing a political resolution on May 20 in Chandigarh supporting the demand of one rank, one pension and lashed out at the Centre for “cheating” ex-servicemen.Ex-servicemen of various umbrella organisations pledged unity for this cause and vote en masse for political parties supporting their demands.To press for the demand, delegates of various ex-servicemen organisations said they would submit a memorandum with 1 lakh signatures in blood to the President.President of the district wing Col Surjeet Singh Cheema (retd) thanked ex-servicemen from all six neighbouring state for joining the movement to express solidarity for a common cause.
With Warm Regards
Ex.SERVICEMEN JOINT ACTION FRONT (Sanjha Morcha)