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One Rank One Pension: Agitating ex-servicemen launch fast-unto death

Ex-servicemen have been holding a protest at Jantar Mantar and in other parts of the country for over two months demanding early implementation of OROP.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2015 3:29 pm
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Stepping up agitation on ‘One Rank One Pension’, a fast-unto-death was launched by two of the protesting ex-servicemen at Jantar Mantar here demanding early implementation of the long-pending scheme.

“Col Pushpender Singh (Retd) and Haviladar Major Singh rpt Major Singh (Retd) have undertaken fast unto death from today,” Col Anil Kaul (Retd), media advisor to the United Front of Ex-Servicemen Movement, said as the agitation at Jantar Mantar here entered the 64th day today.

READ: Shiv Sena calls eviction of ex-servicemen ‘shameful’, urges Centre to implement OROP soon

The protesters have been on a relay hunger strike so far. Havildar Major had been on relay hunger strike since the agitation started.

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In his independence speech on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not given a specific timeline for the implementation of OROP and only said that talks were in the final stages, drawing sharp reactions from ex-servicemen who vowed to step up their protest.

Ex-servicemen have been holding a protest at Jantar Mantar and in other parts of the country for over two months demanding early implementation of OROP. Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when he or she retired. So, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws a lower pension than a Lieutenant Colonel who retired after 1996.

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    BharatK
    Aug 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm
    The so-called hunger strike has become a fashion in India. Some even became Chief Ministers by doing this dramas. People should not give any importance to these circuses. Any issue must be resolved by dialogues and talks. And not by blackmailing, using hunger strike as tools.
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      kshitij
      Aug 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm
      Now this is zidd... Govt which is doing something is being forced to toe the line... Wait is long but is going to culminate if ex-servicemen also take into account larger interest of all citizens of country n forego this fast unto death kind of approach
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      1. Paddy Singh
        Aug 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm
        What about those who retired in the 60s,70s,80s. They get peanuts
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          R.k.jain
          Aug 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm
          et tu defence personnel (err ex). At last they have also fallen into the trap of wily politicians. Are they opening the floodgate of retirees of other departments/establishments/insutions etc.
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            R.K. Ghanekar
            Aug 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm
            Let me start with saying that I have full sympathy with their cause. Nobody in his/her right mind would say that a preferential treatment to defense forces is unfair. Before you curse me for saying "preferential treatment" let me say that - as far as I know, OROP is not a norm in other services e.g. civilian but can you guarantee that someone would not demand the same for such other services tomorrow - and - go to the court? Won't you agree that the the issue is complicated in every way? Should not the government of the day, whose prime minister from the Red Fort has declared his in-principle agreement with the demand, be given due time? Why this insistence on a deadline now? I saw hysterical reactions on TV from people concerned saying that we have waited for 43 years and how long can we wait? Still I will request them to wait - let all implications be properly evaluated - you gave more than 40 years' time to people who just ignored you. Or are you going to behave like children who as soon as they sense a sympathetic atude from adults start crying more or throwing bigger tantrums?
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