Rahul Gandhi to meet former servicemen, war widows

The demand of the soldiers was accepted by the UPA government and announced again by the NDA government after it came to power last year.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 22, 2015 12:26 am
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Amid indications that the NDA government may implement the “one rank, one pension” scheme for ex-servicemen to coincide with the completion of its first year in office, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will meet representatives of former military personnel and war widows at the party headquarters here on Saturday.

The move is seen as an attempt to claim credit for the “one rank, one pension” scheme as it was the UPA government which had given in-principle approval for the scheme towards the end of its second term.

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Rahul, on his part, too had in the past supported the “one rank, one pension” demand and had promised to make all efforts to make it a reality.

The demand of the soldiers was accepted by the UPA government and announced again by the NDA government after it came to power last year. The UPA government had even allocated Rs 8,300 crore budget for the scheme. But the soldiers are yet to get the benefits. Congress leaders said that ex-servicemen are unhappy over the non-implementation of the scheme.

Congress has alleged that PM Narendra Modi has gone back on his word after promising to implement the scheme.

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    gsp
    May 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm
    I apprehend that like depositing 15 lakh in the account, one rank one pension will also become election jhumla
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    Manjit Singh
    May 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm
    First UPA accepted the demand which was followed by NDA. It was announced that the effective date will be 01-04-2014. But till date, the Goal Post is being shifted by each spokesman/minister, for their convenience. They are treating Ex-servicemen as a cheap commodity. Even in the case of Arrears to ex-servicemen from 01-01-2006 to 22-09-2014, the Govt is not willing to pay even though it has lost 3 peions in Supreme Court. All civilian counterpart have been paid with their arrears long back. Hope Good sense prevails so that ex-servicemen are made not to suffer any more.
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