One rank one pension: Ex-servicemen to go on hunger strike, hold rallies

The talks between ex-servicemen and Defence Minister over the OROP scheme failed and they decided to go ahead with their planned rally followed by a relay hunger strike to protest.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2015 3:50 am
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Ex-servicemen on Saturday announced that they would go on a hunger strike from June 15 as the government has failed to commit a timeline for the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.

A group of 15 representatives from various ex-servicemen organisations met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in the morning but were not able to get a date by which the scheme will be implemented.

“We met the Defence Minister, he promised that the government is committed to implementing OROP. We agreed over the government’s definition of OROP and the formula used to calculate the budgetary provisions. Though we have faith in the government’s good intentions, it is non-committal over the timeline of implementation,” Group Captain (retd) V K Gandhi, general secretary of the Indian Ex Servicemen Movement, told The Sunday Express.

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Later in the day, about 150 veterans representing 20-odd ex-servicemen organisations deliberated upon the matter at the Constitution Club. “We have unanimously decided to go ahead with the agitation on June 14 at Jantar Mantar. Starting June 15 we will go on an indefinite hunger strike till the government announces the date of implementation of OROP,” Gandhi said. They will also hold rallies in 50 cities across the country.

OROP, which means equal pension for officers, men retiring at the same rank and with equal length of service, has been approved in principle by the government. But the file has been shuttling between Finance Ministry and Defence Ministry for the finalisation of financial allocation. Last month, two war veterans refused to be felicitated by the Defence Minister to convey their displeasure over the non-implementation of OROP.

MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar, who attended the meeting and has been pressing the issue for years, said, “OROP is a legitimate right of our veteran and it is indeed dismaying that they have had to fight for it for so long.”

 

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    Randhir Singh
    Jun 9, 2015 at 10:54 am
    One rank one pension should release the Govt as soon as immediately otherwise it will not be better for health for our leader. Our soldier save us from external attack and we sleep in our house safely. Our leaders are playing false game with our patriot soldier. Jai Hind Jai Bharat
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    1. Rishi Deo
      Jun 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm
      Our PM is person of commitment and please rely upon his Man Ki baat of last sunday.It is on record.Enjoy OROP will come.
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        AKASH SHARMA
        Jun 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm
        Honourable PM should give specific Date of OROP , It may even be a year later. Date is Morale Boosting Factor, I only Want Say,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, mere Vataan ke Logo --yaad rakho- jo Shaeed Huye Unki Qurbani,,, Jai Hind..................
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          Aman
          Jun 8, 2015 at 10:00 am
          Hi, I have faith in PM Modi and OROP will be implemented without fail. Those who have faith in congress, they should think twice what congress has done in last 30 years. Congress only make fool all of us and we always caught in their jaws. I cannot commit on timelines but definitely OROP will be implemented by PM modi only. Congress has not done anything for defense personnel.
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            Amries montero
            Jun 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm
            OROP was taken to siachin heights and buried in the dead sea. Will the PM kindly ressurect it???
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