Monday, May 26, 2008

Hunger Strike by Defence Men on 29 may 2008

Former defence personnel, protesting the recommendations of the Sixth pay Commission, have decided to go on a hunger strike in Delhi on ( Thursday, 29 may 2008) and later follow up with rallies across the country.

“All veterans have been asked to take part in the hunger-strike. Such an action is necessary to inform the people about the mistreatment of the military and highlight the genuine demands of the armed forces personnel. We are resorting to the hunger-strike as we have been driven to the wall by the Pay Commission and have exhausted most avenues of protest,” said Satbir Singh, a gallantry award winner.

"Till 1972, the armed forces had a separate pay commission. In 1973, we were put in the same basket (along with civil employees). But we want a separate commission," Lt. Gen. (retd) Raj Kadyan told reporters here.

They wanted to stage protest there April 29 too, but the home ministry denied them permission. "This time we have not sought a permission but informed the government about the rally. Last time we acted like disciplined soldiers, and will continue to do so," Kadyan said

Remember that, this hunger strike will be only for the benefit of Indian Forces, not for civilian central Gov employees.

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