Mumbai: The ex-servicemen would be taking out a rally at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on October 31 to press for their demands regarding the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. Mumbai convener of the Indian Ex-servicemen movement (IESM) Col Harbhajnik Singh (Retd) said the grievance over OROP dates back to 1973 when earlier OROP scheme was withdrawn by the Centre.
“Narendra Modi had declared in election campaign at Rewari, Haryana, on September 15, 2013 that his government would implement OROP within 100 days of coming to power. However, the announcement of OROP on September 5, 2015, was an apology for OROP,” Col Singh said.
“Rallies are being held across the country to make people aware of the machinations of the babus and netas who have relentlessly denied OROP to veterans after withdrawing it in 1973 within 18 months of the 1971 war victory,” he said.
IESM convener in Mumbai, Commander SH Kalawat (Retd) and Commodore RPS Ravi, VSM, Retd, also briefed the media on the continued OROP agitation.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the government will issue notification on the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme after the Bihar assembly elections. The notification is likely to be issued before Diwali.
Parrikar said an announcement will be made after the Election Commission’s model code is lifted in Bihar.
A day ago, the protesting ex-servicemen in a letter signed in blood demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for early implementation of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme.
On the 133rd day of their relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, the veterans said that the announcement made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on September 5 regarding the implementation of OROP had “seven serious shortcomings”.
If implemented without the removal of the shortcomings, it will kill the definition of OROP, the letter claimed. The letter further accused Parrikar of “changing the goalpost” every now and then.
The protesting veterans asked the Prime Minister to issue notification to implement OROP scheme at the earliest. Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement spokesperson Col (retd) Anil Kaul said the letter was signed in blood by around 200 general officers and others.
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