Defence staff want demands included in parties’ manifesto

The three major defence employees unions—which together represent 4 lakh defence staff across 41 ordnance factories, 52 DRDO labs, the three armed forces, shipping docks, et al—have written to all recognised political parties that their demands be included as part of their manifestos in the upcoming elections.

The unions have three major demands: One, to expand, develop and strengthen state-owned defence industry to help India become self-reliant; two, scrapping of the new pension scheme and restore guaranteed pension; and three, allow appointment on compassionate grounds.

“National security is very important and as our armed forces play a constructive and sacrificing role, it is the defence employees like us that equip them,” the unions said.

Notwithstanding the contribution of the state-owned defence industry and establishments, the unions feel that of late, these industries are under serious threat.

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