Interim budget: Rahul Gandhi backs ‘one-rank-one-pension’ announcement

It is a historic and necessary step, said Rahul as he thanked Prime Minister for the scheme.

New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2014 4:16 pm

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram as he backed ‘one-rank-one-pension’ scheme for ex-servicemen

“It is a historic and necessary step,” he said on government’s announcement of the scheme during presentation of the interim budget.

Finance Minister P Chidamabaram announced that the government has accepted the “one rank, one pension” principle as part of a 10 per cent hike in the defence budget, a decision that the ruling Congress hopes will win it the support of lakhs of soldiers ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister said it, “has been addressed comprehensively and I am confident that our forces, officers and jawans will welcome this.”

Meanwhile, several MPs cutting across party lines, welcomed the “one rank, one pension” announcement. Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh said it was a very very genuine demand and he was “personally very happy”.

He said Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had also spoken to the Prime Minister favouring the demand.

(With PTI inputs)

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    ajay kumar
    Feb 17, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    its a good decision .
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      faisal qayas
      Feb 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm
      Of all the things in the interim budget, this is the best move by our Finance Minister. This will surely win hearts of the round the clock working valiant army men who serve us at the cost of their lives.
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        Kanika Dhawan
        Feb 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm
        A great decision taken by our FM in probably his last budget by approving the óne rank one pension'scheme. Now retired servicemen wont have to worry about rising prices against a fixed pension all through the years.