New Delhi: While the nation is in full swing celebrating the Diwali festival, the counter-terrorism operations in the Valley continue, as does the multiple ceasefire violations on both sides of India and Pakistan. In a letter addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi censured the Centre’s treatment to soldiers fighting across the border.

Exclaiming that the recent decisions taken by the Centre have adversely affected the armed forces, Rahul Gandhi said that the government had to show the armed forces that they were cared for.

“Just days after our soldiers conducted the surgical strikes, the disability pension system was converted to a new slab system, that in many instances drastically reduces the pension received by these brave men in case of a disability. The roll out of the 7th Pay Commission continues to keep our defence forces at a disadvantage and further exacerbates the disparity between them and civil employees,” Rahul wrote in the letter.

“As a responsible democracy we must make sure that the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for each one of us, feel the love, support and gratitude of 125 crore people. I therefore urge you Prime Minister to ensure that our soldiers get their due whether it is regarding compensation, disability pension, or parity with civil employees,” the Congress scion further stated that the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme did not fully cater to the needs of retired personnel.

A BSF trooper was killed on Saturday in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire along the international border region since the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army along the LoC in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29.