On August 22,ex-servicemen from Punjab will go to Delhi and submit a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil in support of their one-rank-one-pension demand. The memorandum will have one lakh signatures in blood and the ex-servicemen will also return 22,000 medals given to them during their careers.
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to take an early decision on the demand of ex-servicemen. In a communiqué addressed to the PM,he pleaded that his party,through its Ex-Servicemen Wing,had been pursuing the matter with the Union government for a long time now. Expressing his dissatisfaction over the meagre benefits recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission for ex-servicemen,Badal requested the PM to have a re-look at them and provide justice to the community.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday,Gurjinder Singh Sidhu,president of the SAD Ex-Servicemen Wing,said: By denying one rank one pension,a legitimate demand,the Centre is doing great injustice to 4.5 lakh ex-servicemen and their families in Punjab. On August 22,we will go to Delhi and nearly 5,000 ex-servicemen from the state will hold a rally at Jantar Mantar. We have taken appointment from President Pratibha Patil and seven of us will meet her and submit a memorandum signed by 1 lakh ex-servicemen with their blood. We will also hand over 22,000 medals to her.