Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi, says govt decisions adversely affecting soldiers’ morale

The Congress vice president also emphasised that the anomalies in the 7th Pay Commission must be addressed at the earliest

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2016 1:44 pm
rahul gandhi, narendra modi, rahul gandhi letter. rahul letter to pm modi, OROP, soldiers, one rank one pension Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Chennai, Friday. PTI photo

Coming down heavily on the Centre for hurting the sentiments of India’s Armed Forces, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) in a meaningful way, as soldiers should not struggle to claim what is due to them.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Rahul asserted that decisions taken over the last few weeks by the government have adversely affect the morale of the armed forces, adding that it was the government’s duty to show the soldiers, who risk their lives each day to defend the nation, that they are cared for.

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“Just days after our soldiers conducted the surgical strikes, the disability pension system was converted to a new slab system, that in many instances drastically reduces the pension received by these brave men in case of a disability. The roll out of the 7th Pay Commission continues to keep our defence forces at a disadvantage and further exacerbates the disparity between them and civil employees,” the letter read.

Further accusing the government of downgrading the status of military officers vis a vis their civilian counterparts in a letter dated 18th October 2016, Rahul stated that the OROP implemented by the government, does not fully meet the genuine demands of the ex-servicemen and they have been forced to come out on the streets to make their voice heard on this vital issue.

“As a responsible democracy we must make sure that the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for each one of us, feel the love, support and gratitude of 125 crore people. I therefore urge you Prime Minister to ensure that our soldiers get their due whether it is regarding compensation, disability pension, or parity with civil employees,” he said.

The Congress vice president also emphasised that the anomalies in the 7th Pay Commission must be addressed at the earliest, as soldiers should not have to struggle to claim what is surely due to them on behalf of a grateful nation.

“As we celebrate Diwali, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness, let us send this message to our soldiers that our gratitude is expressed both in words and in deed. This is the very least we owe to those who give up their today to secure our tomorrow,” the letter concluded.

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First Published on: October 29, 2016 1:51 pm
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    Chander Pal
    Oct 29, 2016 at 9:38 am
    Nice lecture and the media is airing it. Congi people talking about OROP or morale of army. Seriously??? Morale of the Army is high, morale of we the Indians is high. There are no doubts. Vande Matram.
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      Jayj
      Oct 29, 2016 at 8:34 am
      The Con Party leaders one who went to stan to seek the enemy country support to topple the democratically elected government in India, and another who fondly called world dreaded terrorist as Osamaji, and the one who suppressed the terror link of Ishrat Jahan - all must be arrested and prosecuted for acting against India.
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        Kavi
        Oct 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm
        Despite looting the nation to the core through mega scams like 2G, Coalgate, Agustha, National Herald, etc., you and your mother are still using tax payers money to have separate posh bangalaw in in Delhi. You use tax payers money to "protect" yourself, but at the same time support the terror elements both inside and outside the country. Your Party gave away 80 percent of Indias Indus waters to stan, and allowed stan to expoert terror to India. It is your party that rejected the OROP for Army. You insulted our Army by your "Dalali" comment. You and your mother are curse to India.
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          Mnar
          Oct 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm
          Lolly pappau; first of all you try to improve your IQ and wordly knolege and general knowledge, then you can talk for others.
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            Padmakar Godse
            Oct 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm
            Truth be told, bjp and its leaders have started to fear Rahul hi, because he makes sense and is gaining pority. The proof is the dogs below who bark without making any sense. Bjp let's its dogs loose on Rahul moment he says sensible things
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              Sane Indian
              Oct 29, 2016 at 9:05 am
              OMG! OMG! OMG!lt;br/gt;APNI DADI NE KYA KIYA 1974 SE OROP REQUEST DHA ARMY KE AUR SE.. AUR YEH MORON MODIJEE KO BHASGAN DETHA HAI..THOO!
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                Satyaki
                Oct 29, 2016 at 6:22 pm
                Rahul is at least not evil like kaali daadhi and safed daadhi and all of their ch00tiya paid and unpaid bhakts
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                  SubbuI
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm
                  NALAYAK NMODI IS ONLY FOOLING ARMY PEOPL WITH FALSE PROMISES AND USE THEM TO PROPAGATE HIS AND HIS PARTY AND RSS AGENDA. HE DOES KHOON KI DALALI OF JAWANS FOR HIS PARTY ELECTION PROSPECT ONLY. THIS KAMSAWILL BE FINISHED BY RAHUL HI AT LAST. SO THIS KAMSA IS AFRAID OF KRISHNA AND USE HIS TWITTER ARMY AND PAID TROLLS ALONG WITH FANATC BAKTHS TO ABUSE AND ATTACK HIM AND FAMILY LIKE HOW KAMSA DID ALL WHO SAVED LORD KRISHNA. NLAYAK N MODI IS LIER.AND SINNER.HE WILL PAY FOR ALL HIS SINS
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                    Manjesh
                    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:02 am
                    Raga is playing politics and trying to discredit Modi. Was he sleeping on OROP issue during MMS era? RAGA the champion on women impoverment is silent on triple talak, why?
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                      Vikrant
                      Oct 29, 2016 at 11:23 am
                      Has changed his regular b and must be now taking some cheap b of drugs. Or is he missing his regular Thai mage that he is getting cranky
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                        Alok
                        Oct 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm
                        Rahul is son of Italian waitress who usurped the le of Mahatma -wrongly; his surname is only Ghandy and tries to win m support; does not deserve any respect at all !!
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                          Anand Sudan
                          Oct 29, 2016 at 1:01 pm
                          Chanakya's comment - a son of a foreign mother won'p be patriot, has much relevance here.
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                            arun
                            Oct 29, 2016 at 11:00 am
                            Modi has implemented the old pending promises of last decade and also bringing in more benefits and incentives as recognition for the army's unparalleled contribution to the nation. But for every new benefits introduced by the Modi government, this moron Rahul nehru raises a voice saying this benefit is lacking and must be introduced. The Nehru parivar frenzy media houses highlight the Rahul remarks. This is done so that later in poll campaigns, this is news can be used to hoodwink the audience saying this government has brought this benefit to Army because Rahul had raised it with the Central government. If you want to learn how to "blow ones own trumpet" and the art of misleading the nation you need to learn it from Congress party.
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                              Atul
                              Oct 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm
                              For the first time I agree with him ( Rahul hi). lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We must appreciate good work done by Modi govt but need not support all decision. If there are some bad decisions it must be highlighted. Some of the decisions taken by the govt has really lowered the morale of armed forces.
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                                Bala Kamath
                                Oct 29, 2016 at 11:22 am
                                Rahul, when did you start worring abòut armed forces morale ? Your Govt kept OROP on hold for years. Even today, your party is doubting Armed forces statements. Don be immature, grow or leave politics. Indian politics is not tge fiefdom of your dynasty.
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                                  Barb Dewyre
                                  Oct 29, 2016 at 12:56 pm
                                  Trying to win state elections by trumpeting the valour of our forces is deplorable, but shortchanging them on 'izzat' and their legitimate dues is deable. Perhaps, in "electioneering" terms, and that is the only way this government understands, that's 1.3 million votes plus those of their family members plus those of the veterans that they would have lost.
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                                    Balasubramanya
                                    Oct 30, 2016 at 3:57 am
                                    For Rahul Khan questioning the authenticity of surgical strike is OK and now showing crocodile tears for Indian soldiers for unknown reasons.
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                                      Befizul
                                      Oct 29, 2016 at 9:55 pm
                                      Bhai tere paas dimaag hota to tu dimaaag se baat karta na. zindagi bhar tune slavery wala Corruption wala khana khaya hai to dhaadhi aur ch00t se aage tu soch hi nahi paayega. tere maalikon ne tujhe sahi aur saachi baatein kabhie seekhne hi nahi di. tera jeena be fizul ka hai. useless in english
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                                        Ram
                                        Oct 29, 2016 at 10:18 am
                                        Modiji and jaitliji, Shame on you, people fighting and die on border to save us, have not yet got increase of pay and pension where as all civilian counter parts and babus have been enjoying with higher status since 1973.
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                                          CitizenIndia
                                          Oct 29, 2016 at 10:30 am
                                          OROP is pending during the tenure of UPA/Congress but the said issues was not solved. NDA/BJP-Modiji has solved problem smoothly. Now useless people asking/questioning on that. Very bad Nikkoma Neta log.
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                                            Dev
                                            Oct 29, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                            Great news...Rahul baba actually knows how to write...hopefully no cheat sheets this time.
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