New Delhi: Having failed to get their demand for 'One Rank One Pension' implemented despite 30 days of agitation, the ex-servicemen community on Tuesday announced that they will "regretfully heighten" their agitation and hold a major rally in poll-bound Bihar next month.
The United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM) has given the government a seven-day notice before they intensify the ongoing agitation.
"Our agitation will be spread to 640 distriucts of the country. Our agiattion would be peaceful since we are protectors of the country and there would not be any nuisance for the public," Lt Gen Balbir Singh (Retd) told reporters here and stressed that the ongoing agiation is also a danger to the morale of serving soldiers.
A statement release by the group, which claims support of 40 organisations, said that several missives, requests and appeals, some even signed in blood, to the Presdient who is the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, over the last seven years remain unanswered and unacknowledged to this day.
"Since the returning of gallantry medals earned by these veterans was not enough to convince the government to take action, they now plan on celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas in their own way," it added.
To convey the message of a "broken promise" to the electorate of states going to the polls, UFESM plans to hold a Maha Sangram Rally in Patna in August, the statement said.
UFESM and all its constituents will boycott all government organised functions.