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OROP : Ex-servicemen seeks Antony's intervention to resolve pension anomalies


26 Jun, 2013 2:46p.m.

Ex-servicemen of Lucknow have approached defence minister AK Antony with their demand to rectify anomalies in their pension policies. Retired soldiers of the army, navy and air force, under the pan India banner — Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) — have, in a letter to the minister, pointed out a “serious lacuna’’ that the ministry of defence (MoD) has committed while formulating the pension guidelines for retired personnel.

“On completing 21 years of service, a major rank officer gets a pension higher than a lieutenant colonel, colonel, brigadier or a major general,” said wing commander (retd) AK Sahai, who is also the Lucknow convener of IESM.

As part of the campaign underway across the country, all retired officers, affected by the scheme, have been advised to write to the defence minister, requesting him to direct the defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma to immediately remove the serious discrepancy in pensions.

“It is a mischief on the part of a clerk. We want the ministry to enhance the pensions of lieutenant colonel (both time scale and selective), colonel, brigadier and major general proportionately, making it higher than that of a major,” Sahai added.


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