8 Mar :The Government continues to ignore the demand of Ex Servicemen of equity and justice for grant of pensions. The Ex Servicemen are seeking Pension Parity for the same rank and same length of service irrespective of the date of retirement. This just, fair and genuine demand has not been accepted by the Government. This unreasonable and unjust attitude of the Government has triggered an unprecedented wave across the entire Armed Forces, particularly the Ex Servicemen who have been compelled to start a country-wide protest movement in the name Indian Ex Servicemen Movement (IESM).
As announced earlier, IESM will continue to intensify their Movement till such time their demand of Pension parity is met. Accordingly, the Third Installment of returning of Medals to the President will be carried out on 14 March 09 at 3.30 PM at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Medals from various parts of the country are being received at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi the place where Ex Servicemen are on a Relay Hunger Strike since 16 Dec 2008. The Ex Servicemen from the NCR will also be depositing their medals at Jantar Mantar between 11.00 AM to 2.30 PM on 14 March 2009. A delegation of Ex Servicemen will take the medals to Rastrapati Bhawan for handing over to the President, the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, at 3.30 PM.