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Our programmes and achievements make a long list. We briefly give below some of the important once:-

22 Feb 1982 – Gate crashing the PMs House, Sh Rajiv Gandhi addressed us and took our representation.

20 Oct 1982 – Massive Rally at Boat Club. Cancelled by Govt due to ASIAD.

15 Aug. 1983 – Medal return to President of India. The programme resulted in Govt announcing a High Level Committee. This Committee gave 68 good recommendations which were not implemented.

25 Feb 1987 – A massive Rally at Boat Club with 6 members including Chairman Lt Col Inderjit Singh went on indefinite fast which lasted 17 days and was given up on PMs intervention. During this fast - commuted pension was restored, pre 64 widows pension granted and minimum pension fixed at Rs. 375/-.

26 Sep 1990 – Forced the Govt for appointing High Level Empowered Committee for improving pensions. Our Chairman Lt Col Inderjit Singh and Lt Col R D Nikam were made members. This resulted in One Time Increase in pensions which was as good as ONE RANK ONE PENSION.

30 Sep 1994 – A comprehensive representation made to Fifth Central Pay Commission. After over 3 years of struggle not only got the OROP concept accepted, but also all our important recommendations on family pension, disability pensions and DA to re-employed ex-servicemen.

22 Aug 1997 – A massive agitation launched for acceptance of OROP by the Govt. This lasted for 107 days and was called off only after Lok Sabha was dissolved. Achieved the aim when on 3 Nov 1997 Defence Secretary met us and accepted our submissions. we were unfrtunate as the Govt fell befoe implementing it.

After this a series of actions have been taken to have the recommendation of Pay Commission accepted by Government. The achievements are slow to come by but we are surely advancing towards our goal.

During our meeting with Raksha Mantri on 21 Oct 1999, he very kindly told us that our proposals of OROP through OTI formula and removal of 33 years conditionality for grant of 50% of last pay drawn as pension is now with the Cabinet.

Our efforts to get the matters moving failed. We then sent an appeal for intervention to all the Members of Parliament. We got good response. We got a meeting with the Prime Minister on 26 Jul 2001. He very kindly accepted three of our seven points given to him and for the remaining four he appointed a Committee headed by the Defence Minister which was to give its report in three months. This Committee never met, but in Aug 2002 we got a reply from the Defence Minister which rejected all our projections to the Prime Minister. We have made a reply to that letter and handed the same over to the Defence Minister the Chairman of Defence Parliamentary Committee, the three Chiefs/ Army Comdrs of three services seeking their intervention.

The Chairman toured extensively in Rajasthan, Haryana during this period to increase the strength of the Association, so that in case the matters do not move by other means we put up a large do-or-die show in Delhi in Feb 2003.