Govt implementing One-Rank One-Pension for ex-servicemen
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 16:30
  
New Delhi: Appealing to ex-servicemen not to take the extreme step of returning their gallantry awards, government Wednesday said it has started implementing recommendations of the high level panel on One-Rank One-Pension.

However, Defence Minister A K Antony said in the Rajya Sabha that implementing the award in one go was difficult. "In one stretch, we will not be able to implement it but we are near that goal... it is a long process," he said.

He said the government has implemented all recommendations of the committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary which went into the demands for One-Rank One-Pension.

This would have a financial implication of Rs 2,200 crore and would help 12 lakh ex-servicemen, he said.

He was responding to the issue raised by Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley who said it was a "sad spectacle" to see that some ex-servicemen have decided to surrender their gallantry medals to register their protest.

While asking the government to look into their demands, Jaitley appealed to the ex-servicemen not to take the extreme step.

Ex-servicemen have been demanding equal pension for personnel retiring from the same rank irrespective of their date of retirement. Persons retiring before the pay commission cut-off date get lesser pension than those retiring after that date.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 16:30


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