OROP protests enter 2nd week

The protesters have already boycotted the public functions organised by the Central government, including World Yoga Day on Sunday

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2015 3:35 am
orop, orop protest, one rank one pension, ex-servicemen protest, armymen pension protest, orop protest hunger strike, orop hunger strike, one rank one pension protest, 50th anniversary of 1965 war, 1965 war victory celebration, india news, nation news Protesting against the delay in implementation of OROP, the ex-servicemen in various cities across the country are holding relay hunger-strike, which entered the eighth day on Monday. (Source: Express photo)

As the relay hunger strike by former defence personnel at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to demand the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme entered its second week on Monday, the dwindling number of officers participating in the strike seemed to be a serious cause of concern.

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While over 44 jawans were present at the venue on Day 8 of the strike, only two officers — Group Captain Kataria and Captain Swaran Singh from Jammu — were there to take part in the protest.

A quick look at a register, with details of the attendees, reveals that while the number of jawans and Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) participating in the strike is between 35 and 40, with the exception of one day, the protest had never been attended by more than 10 officers.

The register is maintained by Prakash Bhame, a retired JCO who, along with six others, mans the venue round-the-clock.

The best turnout so far was witnessed on Sunday when as many as 13 former officers — including three lieutenant colonels, eight captains and two colonels — participated in the strike.

The lukewarm response by officers may be a cause of concern as the ex-servicemen community is now planning to intensify its stir against the Central government.

While the protesters have already boycotted the public functions organised by the Central government, including World Yoga Day on Sunday, they also plan to target BJP ahead of the Bihar assembly election, according to Group Captain (retired) V K Gandhi, general secretary, Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement.


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    ABS Kumar
    Jun 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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      Jun 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm
      Seeing the plight of veterans I am sure the Indian youth will think twice before choosing a career in soldering in future.
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        Diwakar Singh,
        Jun 25, 2015 at 2:09 am
        Implementation of OROP is no mercy by any government because it has been declared fundamental rights by apex court in India 6 years back and the apex court has issued contempt notices to Government of India led by Narendra Modi. And, despite this fact, goons of RSS-BJP duo have been openly violating the apex court order ped for immediate implementation of OROP to ex servicemen.
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          Diwakar Singh,
          Jun 25, 2015 at 2:04 am
          Under rule of RSS's political wing BJP at center had always proved curse for Jawans - Kisan & Berojgar Naujwans in India. RSS though has largest organization of farmers and ex servicemen under its political umbrella but farmers & ex servicemen seriously suffers whenever BJP comes at center.
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            G B
            Jun 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm
            Divide and rule is common ploy of political leadership. Such a move would result in loss of face for Narendra Modi and the NDA. Modi will lose all credibility. They will lose Bihar followed by Punjab and UP. that will be the end of BJP
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