One rank, one pension: Ex-servicemen to launch nationwide agitation today

Retired officers, junior commissioned officers and officers of other ranks from all three services, along with 40-odd organisations, will also submit a memorandum “written in blood” to the government.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2015 2:13 am
OROP, Ex-servicemen nationwide agitation,  nationwide agitation Jantar Mantar, OROP One rank, one pension, india news, indian express news Ex-servicemen at a meeting on ‘One Rank, One Pension’ in New Delhi on Saturday. (Source: PTI photo)

To press for the one-rank, one-pension (OROP) policy, ex-servicemen from across the country will launch an agitation on Sunday, followed by a relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar on Monday.

Retired officers, junior commissioned officers and officers of other ranks from all three services, along with 40-odd organisations, will also submit a memorandum “written in blood” to the government.

Last week, a group of 15 ex-servicemen, led by Group Captain (retd) V K Gandhi, had met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to press for their demand.

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However, the organisations remained firm on their decision to go ahead with the agitation, citing the government’s failure to announce a date for the implementation of OROP.

“We will begin our protest at 10 am at Jantar Mantar and will continue till 3.30 pm. A blood-written memorandum will be submitted to the government. On Monday, we will begin an indefinite hunger strike. So far, there has been no last-minute effort from the government to stop us from protesting,” Gandhi said.

Ex-servicemen in batches of 15 will sit on the relay hunger strike beginning Monday, and will continue it till the government announces a date of implementation. Similar agitations and hunger strikes will be held simultaneously in 50 cities.

OROP, as defined by the Bhagat Singh Koshiyari committee report, essentially means equal pension for the servicemen who retired with the same rank and after serving for the same number of years.

While the ministries of Defence and Finance have arrived at a consensus on the budgetary allocation of about Rs 8,300 crore, the government is yet to announce when the scheme, which is likely to benefit close to 28 lakh ex-servicemen, will be implemented.

Last month, two war veterans refused to be felicitated by Parrikar, citing the government’s non-commitment to OROP.

OROP was also part of the BJP’s election manifesto. While the new government has reiterated its commitment to the policy, PM Narendra Modi has not made any formal announcement on when it would be implemented. This has given the Congress a chance to target the Centre on the issue.

Recently, the ex-servicemen community requested Congress leader and ex-serviceman Captain Amarinder Singh not to participate in the agitation, saying it would politicise the issue.

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    amit
    Jun 14, 2015 at 11:56 am
    Dear ESM PBOR's, Officer of armed forces whether serving or ex, have always seen us with a difference.. There's some great motive of their's otherwise they would never like sailors to be part of the feast.
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      Arumugam
      Jun 14, 2015 at 7:19 am
      Give promise-Get Vote-Govt. Formed -Gone with wind, the promises given. This is 4G , not new to indian politics.
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        Diwakar Singh
        Jul 14, 2015 at 11:49 pm
        The present union government at centre is not being run, controlled and monitored by NDA or BJP but by RSS. RSS is neither a society nor firm nor trust nor a company and thus RSS is not a legal eny but a fugitive and illegal eny. RSS’s sole agenda is Hindutva [Hinduism] and Hinduism is nothing but principle of Varnas & Caste system which is mother source of all & every kinds of social, political, cultural and economical ills & evils. Soft Hindutva i.e. secularism being preached and followed by Congress and other secular political parties and hard Hindutva i.e. casteism & communalism being preached & followed by RSS’s political wing called BJP, both are dangerous for existence of democracy, democratic values and consutionalism. And, it is because of Hindutva [Soft & hard Hindutva], majority of potion comprising 85-90% of potion mostly deprived and lower castes Hindus and minority particularly the Muslims are made to suffer seriously due to Hindutva’s discriminatory and exploitative ideology. Hence, farmers and Armed forces personnel are made to suffer and Hindutva’s ideology does for simple reason that 10% of elite Hindus to impose slavery for remaining 85-90% potion by continuing such economic, educational, health and social policies. And, it is because of this reason the present government of India being run by RSS has intentionally not implementing the Consutional mandate of equal pay for equal ranks i.e. scheme of OROP despite the specific and landmark final judgment ped by Higher judiciaries, AFTs including the apex court. AFT, Regional Bench, Kochi on 25.11.2014 in O.A. No. 167 OF 2014 NO.13937861 K Ex-Hav (Hony NB/SUB) Madanan V S Vs Union of India has ped a detailed order to ensure compliance of Article 14 of the Consution of India in regard to payment of equal pay for equal ranks i.e. One Rank One Pay to pre retiree of 2006 which has become final and binding too. It is because of this fact it is the consutional mandate for the Government of India to grant One Rank One Pay immediately to ESMs irrespective of their date of retirement.
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          Sajeev G
          Jun 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm
          OROP is the genuine tor the AFVs. Since the govt is made as election manifesto and also promised by our PM it should be implemented early. Since last 30 yrs AFVs are waiting for the same.
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            john
            Jun 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm
            There is no difference as alleged. ESM is one community who spent their better years of the life and sacrificed their lives. Look at the 6 Lakh widows alone. What for their husband shed their blood. Life expectancy of ESM 10 years less than employees in civil service. OROP is a fight for existence, 20% pension reduced should restore. It is sad day for the nation their brave hearts came on streets to fight for their survival. It is also very sad that media covered the agitation with one line caption due to other sensational news such as Lalit Modi or Yoga practice. Let the united fight continue till implementation, else the people who r fighting today will not be there to receive their pension tomorrow. It is not the 28 Lak ESM alone, another 13 Lakhs serving today will be the exservicemen of tomorrow. Neglecting 40 lakhs brave hearts for their sacrifices is very dangerous for the country's security and safety. Hope the govt without any coalition compulsion will take a decisive call and will not allow the red tape of biased bureaucracy.
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