A day after Union government allocated Rs 1,000 crore under `One Rank One Pension` for the ex-servicemen in the budget, Congress demanded the Centre to sanction benefits of the scheme to the retired Para Military Forces officials.
The pension of India`s first President Rajendra Prasad and salary of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri were sent to the government`s calamity fund as they refused to accept these, while Lord Mountbatten received a princely Rs 64,000 as TA/DA for returning home.
A delegation of elderly people from the Pension Parishad led by rights activist Aruna Roy met Rahul Gandhi to apprise him of their long standing demands of revamp in old age, widow and disabled pension scheme.
BJP on Wednesday questioned the basis of UP government`s move to provide pension to those injured in the Muzaffarnagar riots, and demanded that such help be extended to all injured in recent communal clashes in the state.
Uttar Pradesh government on Monday directed district police chiefs to ensure safety of all the government employees willing to defy the call for strike tomorrow by unions demanding better salary and pension.