One Rank, One Pension: Parrikar asks agitating ex-servicemen to be patient

Upset over the delay in implementation of OROP, ex-servicemen held protests across the country, including in the national capital, demanding its immediate introduction.

By: Press Trust of India | Jaipur | Updated: June 14, 2015 7:14 pm
One Rank, One Pension, orop, manohar parrikar, defence ministry, ex-servicemen, ex-armymen, army, armymen, latest news, parrikar Ex-servicemen of Gujarat state protest to demand “One Rank One Pension” scheme in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

Even as ex-servicemen held protests over delay in non-implementation of the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today sought to assuage their concerns, saying the “promises” made will be kept and that they should be “patient”.

“I assure you whatever we have promised that all would be done… but some people need to be patient,” Parrikar said addressing a conference here on challenges and solutions regarding border safety.

Upset over the delay in implementation of OROP, ex-servicemen held protests across the country, including in the national capital, demanding its immediate introduction.

The former soldiers have threatened to go an a relay hunger strike from tomorrow.

New Delhi: Ex-servicemen during their protest over the delay in implementation of ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: PTI) New Delhi: Ex-servicemen during their protest over the delay in implementation of ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

Parrikar also stressed on “zero tolerance” to acts of terrorism to address concerns about national security.

“You can drop a glass but you don’t drop a child because you take all precautions and that is mindset. The day you would take a decision not to drop the glass, you won’t drop it ever. Zero tolerance is the only solution for matters related to national security and that has to be the mindset,” he said.

Apparently referring to the army’s cross-border strikes in Myanmar following the killing of 18 soldiers in an ambush in Manipur, the minister said,” A recent incident has changed the national security scenario and there appears to be a change in the mindset of people.”

Parrikar said national security may be endangered due to internal disturbances, which could be a result of “internally or externally created problems.”

He said external issues could pose a threat to national security as happened during the Bangaladesh liberation war in 1971 when people from that country crossed into India to escape “genocide”.

“External issues could be problematic to a nation as it happened in Bangladesh in 1971 when people had started moving to India due to genocide. Danger to India by external factors… I am not going into details… but it is permutation and combination of various factors,” he said.

He identified cyber crime as a new challenge for defence forces. “If there is a cyber attack or cyber terrorism then there can be a threat to border or it might be converted into a warfare,” he said.

He, however, ruled out any security threat due to hacking of defence websites as all vital information was cloud-based and protected against such intrusion.

Parrikar termed counterfeit currency problem or “economic terrorism” as more dangerous than cyber attacks.

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    Indian Patriot
    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:52 pm
    Almost all army guys settle well into jobs of ex servicemen qouta & private sector... if they're saying that still they are financially weak they are grossly misleading the nation ..since 2006 ..army officers ate getting 20000/- p.m. more than any other govt officer besides huge subsidies in form of CSD canteen ...toll exemption ..cheap liquor. & so on so forth Spare a thought for paramilitary guys ..who are working amid adversaries at the same time & without any facility
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      BP
      Jun 15, 2015 at 12:21 am
      This is the reason why AAP got all seats in New delhi .....
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        K N
        Jul 16, 2015 at 4:46 am
        For detailed events of Ex-Servicemen visit:
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        1. Dharamvir Khatri
          Jun 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm
          Come and join the Army & get all facilities as you mentioned in your above BAKWAS, if you are not fit then send your son and enjoy CSD Canteen and its liquor. You do not know about Army, and its services. You people reads in NEWSPAPER. Once try to go Kargil, North-east of India(am) North of Sri-LankaNathang sector and stay there in Bunkers and tents. And ENJOY ARMY services without families there with toll exemption, Many more things are there you can enjoy, I challenge you , come and join the Army services.
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          1. Janardhan Rao Maddu
            Jun 15, 2015 at 4:11 am
            DM Parrikar should rather have patience than to comment of this agitation.
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