Kathmandu, December 1:

United British Gurkha Ex-Servicemen’s Association Nepal (UBGEAN) today handed the British Embassy a 10-point demand with a month’s ultimatum.

The association said they would start a relay hunger strike from January 1 if their demands were not met. “We are left with no options but to announce a new protest programme,” said Gyan Raj Rai, secretary of the association. The UBGEAN was staging a sit-in-protest in front of the embassy since November 11.

“The embassy did not pay any heed to our protest in front of the office for the past 20 days. We have decided to intensify our protest further by launching stronger protest programmes if they do not pay attention to our demands,” Rai said.

The association has been demanding equal pay and pension as their British colleagues, compensation for those who once served the British army, pension for widows of the Gurkha, cancellation of cut off date in Indefinite Leave to Entry (ILE), review of the tripartite agreement 1947 and review of Gurkha soldier’s terms and conditions of service (TACOS).

Rai also refuted the announcement made by British Home Office on ILE/ILR provision on November 24 saying the new provisions is applicable for those who have already acquired ILE/ILR.