Veterans victim of govt apathy

Sher Gondal

Mandi Bahauddin—Ex-servicemen in a meeting with District President Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS) Major (retired) Sher Muhammad Gondal complained that old veterans were being neglected by government.
Capt Retired Aslam Gondal said old veterans demand for “one rank one pension” was not accepted by government despite the fact Federal Shariat Court decided this issue in favour of ex-servicemen.
He said up to 1994 increase on drawing and commuted portions of pension was made. There after increase in commuted pension was stopped and it was made only on drawn pension. Under this policy difference between pension of older and fresh pensioners increased and now the gap is un-proportional.
He demanded if the government was not willing to implement “one rank one pension” policy, it should at least consider increasing com-muted portion of pension and its benefits should be reimbursed to the pensioners.
He also pointed out that children of those army pensioners whose retirement period exceeds 25 years on closing date of application by GHQ are not eligible for admission in Army Medical College.
This condition is against natural justice, he added. He demanded removal of this condition, adding that children of all ex-servicemen should be admitted on merit and length of retirement period exceeding 25 years should not be made hurdle in their way.
The meeting through a unanimous resolution called on GHQ to consider their demands for acceptance.

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