Former Indian Army soldiers residing in Nepal have praised President Pranab Mukherjee for describing them as the foundational pillars of the time tested friendship that exists between Nepal and India, and for his promise to deliver to them the benefits of one rank, one pension (OROP) at the earliest, besides other welfare measures.
These ex-servicemen, most of them Gurkhas, who have been serving in the Indian armed forces for more than 200 years, said they were extremely proud, happy and satisfied about the Indian president taking time out of his recent hectic two-day state visit to Nepal, to spend some moments with them in Pokhara and recall their enormous and well documented contribution in safeguarding India's borders from external aggressors in the years gone by.
They said it was a particularly proud moment for them when President Mukherjee described them as the pride of the Indian Army and as people who had earned a name for themselves on battlefields and in other military-related operations.
They said they were also grateful to the Indian President for highlighting the fact that as on date, 32,000 Indian Army soldiers guarding the nation are of Gurkha origin, and that the Indian government is committed to never stepping back in its efforts to ensure the welfare of all of its ex-servicemen, including the Gurkhas of Nepal.
They said that this gesture would not only benefit them, but also go a long way in giving a much needed boost to Nepal's economy.