Agencies, New Delhi
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today assured his full support For the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ policy for ex servicemen.
Mr Gandhi, who met a delegation of ex-servicemen from Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, assured them of his support for the policy.
The AICC assured the delegation that he would make all efforts to ensure that this long-standing demand that affects ex-servicemen, their families and war-widows, is met at the earliest.
‘I am on your side. I understand your concerns. You give your life for the country, I will do all that I can to see that your demands are met,’ Mr Gandhi said. The One Rank One Pension has been a long-standing demand of over two million ex-servicemen of India.
Highlighting the unjustness of higher pensions for juniors who retire later at the same rank, the delegation members urged Mr Gandhi to ensure that this anomaly is corrected. The policy will ensure that a uniform pension is paid to the Defence Forces personnel retiring at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.