MANDI BAHAUDDIN - During a rally outside the Press Club, the senior vice president of the Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society urged the ex-servicemen to get united to press the government for early implementation of “one rank and one pension” scheme.

SVP Commodore (r) M Farooq Mirza said that there was a wide difference the pensions of the old and newly-retired servicemen of the same rank with same length of service. He added that the gulf could only be bridged through the implementation of the scheme.

Referring to reemployment of the retired soldiers, he said that there was a provision for their reemployment in the government service but the government was not implementing the scheme. As a result, they have to join private companies at inappropriate salaries.

He also called upon the government to introduce legislation for increase in minimum salary for security guards up to Rs15,000 per month with eight-hour duty hours a day. He said the issue of medical allowance had been raised with the authorities concerned and it would be resolved soon, he expressed the hope. He added that the demands of establishment of a hospital in Mandi Bahauddin and increase in stipends for schoolchildren of the ex-soldiers would be taken up with the Fauji Foundation. Similarly, the Ministry of Defense would be approached for this purpose.

He said there were about 2.7 million ex-servicemen in the country so the ex-servicemen’s vote bank is remarkable. If the ex-servicemen cannot get their problems resolved through their votes, it means they were not united, he said. He urged them to vote for the party that pledges to resolve their problems.

Col (r) Tariq, Col (r) Mumtaz, Major (r) Nasir, Capt (r) Lal Khan Sahi and Riaz also addressed the rally.