OROP agitation: Veterans soften stand, may accept pension revision once in two years

War veteran Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, who has been leading the protest in Jantar Mantar for the last 80 days, said they have got positive signals from the government.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 3, 2015 8:08 am
orop-veterans759 Ex-servicemen during the agitation for ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

The agitating ex-servicemen and the government appeared to have ironed out some major differences over the contentious issue of one rank one pension with the defence veterans saying tonight that they may accept revision of pension once in two years instead of one year as demanded by them.

War veteran Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, who has been leading the protest in Jantar Mantar for the last 80 days, said they have got positive signals from the government for the last few days but stopped short of saying there was a breakthrough.

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Singh said the issue was non-negotiable and both the elements of the OROPO concept cannot be interfered. An agreement can be reached once we know what is on the platter (offer by the government), he said, adding effective date of revision must be from April 1, 2014.

Independent MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who has been mediating on the issue, said it was time veterans must return home with honour and grace by reaching an early settlement.

He urged them to accept the revision of pension every three years.

Meanwhile, not in the best of health yet undeterred, Colonel (retd) Pushpendra Singh today resumed his fast-unto-death demanding prompt implementation of One Rank, One Pension scheme at Jantar Mantar here hours after he was discharged from an army hospital.

Singh, one of the ex-servicemen fasting in demand of the immediate implementation of the OROP scheme, was hospitalised Monday last — the ninth day of his fast after his medical report showed increased ketone levels.

Singh was admitted to the ICU of Army Hospital Research and Referral, from where he was discharged today.

Hours later, he returned to the protest site to join his fellow ex-servicemen, whose agitation entered the 80th day today.

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  1. V
    Sep 3, 2015 at 8:10 am
    We do not need external enemies, people like you are enough to destroy the moral of Armed Forces and their faith in Countrymen. More than anger, it hurts that one is sacrifysing his today for people like you.
    1. K
      Sep 3, 2015 at 10:30 am
      The countries TAX payer also has the right to know what it is costing them Some very important figures to consider Cost of Defense Pensions each year: 54,000 Crores What will it cost OROP this year: 8,000-12,000 Crores What will it cost to adjust it each year: Approx. 4-8% Tax free purchases made through defense Canteens Liquor Car’s etc. by ex-defense personnel and families also a short service commission officer who has served 5 years gets it for life with family (average age of retirement 35 years): Approx. 25,000 Crores Free world cl Medical care for self n family for life: Approx. 35,000 Crores No Tax Air and discounted Train Travel: Approx. 5,000 Crores Highly subsidized clubs n movie halls paying no service tax and VAT for life: Approx. 15,000 Crores Why exclude the hard working government Doctors who work relentlessly on ry compared to Private hospitals who charge astronomical sums each time they see you & the Police who work long hours standing at the polluted signal the make sure we are safe in our home.
      1. A
        Sep 2, 2015 at 11:43 pm
        It's an unfair demand to revise pension every 2 years at the cost of public money, it should be 10 years. Army should understand that it's not easy to generate revenue, they think it's easier for civilians to generate money and just pool it to serve then lifelong.
        1. K
          kannan arivarasan
          Sep 3, 2015 at 8:42 am
          dr like you will not allow a lady normal delivery but carry out ceaserian and bill many fold.you give 10 tablets to a patient to get commission from the medical shop.you do the medical services like corrupt bussiness by giving bill even for the dead body treatment and try try to build big hosp bldg.sufficient reason to think in your idealogy against armed forces.send your kins to join army even as dr. they will educate you about the imp of armed forces services.may god give you some idea about yoursefish profession.
          1. A
            Sep 3, 2015 at 3:13 am
            No - Be like pkpk - Be an ungrateful wretch after what the army does
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