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OROP: Ex-servicemen to hold rally in Bihar next month

"Our agitation will be spread to 640 districts of the country. It would be peaceful since we are protectors of the country and there would not be any nuisance for the public," said Lt Gen Balbir Singh (Retd).

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 14, 2015 4:50 pm
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Having failed to get their demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ implemented despite 30 days of agitation, the ex-servicemen community on Tuesday announced that they will “regretfully heighten” their agitation and hold a major rally in poll-bound Bihar next month.

The United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM) has given the government a seven-day notice before they intensify the ongoing agitation. “Our agitation will be spread to 640 districts of the country. It would be peaceful since we are protectors of the country and there would not be any nuisance for the public,” Lt Gen Balbir Singh (Retd) told reporters here and stressed that the ongoing agiation is also a danger to the morale of serving soldiers.

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A statement release by the group, which claims support of 40 organisations, said that several missives, requests and appeals, some even signed in blood, to the Presdient who is the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, over the last seven years remain unanswered and unacknowledged to this day.

“Since the returning of gallantry medals earned by these veterans was not enough to convince the government to take action, they now plan on celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas in their own way,” it added. To convey the message of a “broken promise” to the electorate of states going to the polls, UFESM plans to hold a Maha Sangram Rally in Patna in August, the statement said.

UFESM and all its constituents will boycott all government organised functions. This will be the next step towards assuaging the hurt of 26 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh widows who are the affected community of this “prevarication” the government.

Protest marches in conformity with the agitation will commence in one city per zone, with one city being added every second day, the group said. It shall be orchestrated against government apathy, assuring no disruptions to the general public. Close to 26 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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  1. W
    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm
    We, ex-servicemen are amazed at the deafening silence being maintained by our PM who is so fond of speaking and making false promises. If he has the courage let him convene a public rally at REWARI only and say that he did not mean to keep the promise he had made before the elections or that this govt is bankrupt and unable to pay its soldiers and retd soldiers.
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      Brig Ashwani
      Aug 4, 2015 at 9:22 am
      Govt is aware of the fact that veterans being a disciplined force would not indulge any unruly behavior. This is the reward being paid for being disciplined. On the contrary govt appears to be completely helpless to bring in any semblem of discipline in the ongoing monsoon session of the parliament
      1. S
        Jul 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm
        First things first - The Government should stop treating soldiers as imbeciles. We don't need a Raksha Mantri or other men (please note that I am not addressing them as gentlemen) to keep saying 'Good News' 'Soon'. We know these words mean nothing when uttered by Mr. Manohar Parrikar. We need one announcement _ WHEN WILL YOU GIVE FULL OROP?
        1. C
          Jul 14, 2015 at 11:27 pm
          Patience is the need of the hour. All the sympathy are with the ESMs at the present juncture. Looks like, a few weeks more are needed for the govt. to sort out the OROP to the satisfaction of all. The RM has certainly moved fast and no doubt the FM who has been the RM earlier would do his best too. As per the hints thrown by those in responsible positions, ESMs can expect the PM to announce OROP on 15 Aug 2015. In the meanwhile let the issue remain free of politics.
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            Diwakar Singh
            Jul 14, 2015 at 11:40 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 every Ex Service Men irrespective of their date of retirement.
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