Ex-servicemen from Palampur, Baijnath and Jaisinghpur subdivisions of the Palampur region protested in front of the SDM’s office for lackluster and non- cooperative attitude of the Union government towards their demands. Later, they marched through all the main streets of the town and raised anti-government slogans. They also held a rally and passed two resolutions highlighting their demands.
Their main demand was the immediate implementation of the one-rank one-pension policy with effect from January 1, 1996, so that disparity in the payment of pension to ex-servicemen was settled. They also sought the restoration of recruitment quota for Himachal in the Army as it was before 1995, opening of recruitment offices for the Navy and Air Force at Palampur and also demanded to upgrade the Palampur ECH centre to category one. They later submitted charter of demands to the government.