Published On: Wed, May 20th, 2015

Govt to announce one rank one pension later this month

Kolkata: Central government is likely to make an announcement later this month on ex-servicemen’s long-pending demand of one rank one pension.

Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh addressing Tuesday at the launch on the fourth and last anti-submarine warfare ship being made for the Indian Navy in Kolkata.

Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh addressing Tuesday at the launch on the fourth and last anti-submarine warfare ship being made for the Indian Navy in Kolkata.

Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Defence on Tuesday told media persons that since coming to power in May last year the BJP consulted all stakeholders on the issue and then arrived at a decision.

“We came to power in May last year. Over the past one year we have consulted political parties, all stakeholders on one-rank one-pension, whether they are servicemen or ex-servicemen ,” he said.

“After having consulted everybody, a decision has been taken and the announcement of the decision is most likely to be made by the prime minister this month,” Singh said on the sidelines of a ceremony held to launch the fourth and last anti-submarine warfare ship being made for the Indian Navy.

Singh, who was the chief guest, and his wife Manita Singh launched the ship as per naval traditions.

However, following recent instructions from the Supreme Court, the Defence Ministry issued the advertisement on the above launch without the pictures of the chief guest.

Singh said the issue one-rank one-pension was discussed and debated over the past two years and during the 2014 general election campaign the parties now in power had promised to solve the issue after talking to all stakeholders.

The “one rank, one pension” demand implies payment of a uniform pension to personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

TST

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