Patiala 5 June- In yet an other communiqué dated 5 June, 2009, faxed to High Powered Committee, formed under Sh. S.M. Acharya, Cabinet Secretary (Defence Affairs), with a copy to Hon'ble Defence Minister Sh. A.K Antony, Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh, has applauded the steps being envisaged to be taken by the Govt. Centre towards the demand of 'ONE RANK ONE PENSION' by the ex-servicemen.
In the same breath, the league has, vehemently, reminded the Govt. that nothing less than the Change of Pay Band for the Rank of Hav. Sub. Major and consequent changes for the their ranks in PBORs will satisfy the major chink (96%) of Armed Forces. As such, Govt. will do well of it now thinks about the travails of PBORs and give them a solacing touch since it has done harm to them by creating an unbearable wedge and unwanted categories among the soldiers by showering partial benefits to different cadres of the soldiers.
League has further requested the committee to take steps towards granting two Pensions to the widows of those ex-servicemen who drew two pensions during their life time. Govt. should also evolve a policy to deploy ex-servicemen suitably up to the age of 60 yrs just like their civilian counterparts who serve till that age.
Sgt. Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.
President, Indian Ex-Services League,
Punjab & Chandigarh.
Mob. 98554-09128 Ph. 0175-5000896.