Kanwaljit singh raises voice for defence
Chandigarh January 8:
Punjab’s Defence Services Welfare Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh while addressing the meeting of Kendrya Saink Board held in New Delhi raised the issues for the Defence services welfare like one rank one pension and anomalies in Pay scales in the National level meeting presided over by Union Defence Minister AK Antony.
He demanded the immediate implementation of the announcement made by George Fernades the then Union Defence Minister in April 1999 at Anandpur Sahib for one rank one pension to the ex-servicemen. He said that this issue has been agreed in principle by the NDA Government but has not been implemented appropriately.
While the cost of living is constantly raising. He also demanded to remove the anomalies immediately in the 6th Pay Commission for the Defence Services and also ex-servicemen. He said that a repeated effort to down grade the status of the soldier was being made. It is the responsibility of the Government to protect the interest of the soldiers. However it transpires that anomalies and misrepresentation of provisions of 4th Pay Commission regarding Soldiers are yet to be addressed.
Stressing on the need of firm policy for the employment opportunities for the ex-servicemen he said that he will improve the profile of these forces and save training costs of ex-servicemen.