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Kapu community stokes quota flame, sets train bogies and police stations on fire

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Kapu agitationKakinada : Kapu community stoked the quota issue and raked it up into violent protest by setting ablaze half a dozen of train bogies and a couple of police stations on fire. The event took place on Sunday as, an agitation by the Kapu community for quotas in government jobs and educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh turned violent, resulting in agitators setting fire to two police stations and at least six compartments of a train in East Godavari district. This was a follow-through support initiative, rendered to a Kapu Leader — ex-Minister Mudragada Padmanabham, who, instigated the large crowd of people, attending a Kapu ‘Garjana’ meet at V Kottur village. The Leader motivated the gathering to revolt against the present scenario and go ahead with agitation using tools such as block of roads and railway lines. The call was laden with adamance, as Kapu supporters were asked to stay firm on their agitation until the AP government issued orders to include Kapus in the backward class list.

A human-chain of Kapu community volunteers gathered at the national highway with violence on their mind. Thousands of people blocked traffic on the Chennai-Kolkata national highway and also brought rail traffic to a grinding halt. The protesters clashed with police personnel injuring ifteen of them. They also damaged 25 police vehicles.

Police was unawares of the strong agitation-builtup, and, the large crowd demanded for additional police forces, which were immediately pooled in from nearby areas and rushed to East Godavari.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu convened an emergency meeting with his cabinet colleagues in Vijayawada to take stock of the situation.

Late Sunday night, Padmanabham called off the blockade, with the caveat that he would launch an indefinite fast if the government did not comply with their demands.

OROP – penultimate bout

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oropNew Delhi : Protests, fast until death, severe health crisis of veterans, rushing to hospitals, ministerial family member pitching in and adding to ruling government’s restlessness – One Rank One Pension (OROP) has seen it all. Yet, the ultimate show hasn’t been staged yet.

Running over more than two months continuously, some relief did pour in when Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar spoke to the veterans few days ago and asked for a moratorium of 10 days to sort things out. Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave it a heartful thought and happened to assure solution sooner than later in his Mann Ki Baat. This move was backed by PMO which took action and worked out talks between Principal Secretary (PMO) Nripendra Mishra and President of Indian Ex-servicemen Movement Lt Gen Balbir Singh some days ago.

The latest ray of hope began to illuminate when Union minister and former Army Chief General (retd.) V. K. Singh stated yesterday that he believed in PM’s committment and was confident that PM would walk the talk and deliver.

The moot point of OROP lies in the retirement age and benefits attached therein. Other services have a retirement age in the range of 55-60, wheras in Military services, a soldier retires around 35. This negates the concept of equal pension distribution amongst varied retirement structures – obviously, one cannot club the two categories and superannuate in same standards. But uniform pension is demanded within armed forces for personnel retiring with the same rank and same length of service. Government has taken the whole matter into consideration, and as mentioned earlier by DefMin Parrikar, the math is being worked out meticulously.

Ex-servicemen do appreciate the intricate detailing that is required to do the arithmetic, but their patience has run out over the decades. That is what has forced them to charge such non-ceasing do-or-die agitations and they seem to be on the verge of reaping its benefits. It is being speculated that tommorow may bring some conclusive declaration with reference to implementation of ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme for ex-servicemen. August 28 happens to be the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan, and it is anticipated that PM Modi himself may lift the curtains of uncertainity on this special day.

Maybe its time for ruling government to deliver on its electoral promises, OROP being one of them. If tomorrow comes with OROP, it certainly will bring benefit to two and a half million ex-servicemen and women immediately. The community of military personnel is looking up to the PM. Its action time for the Modi government.

PMO hears out OROP protesters

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one rank one pensionNew Delhi: The One Rank One Pension protests have finally forced  PMO to take serious cognizance of the matter and hold talks with agitating ex-defence veterans.
Keeping the main focus on toning down the mood of the  protesters, who do not appear ready to concede any ground, the PMO has urged the agitators not to escalate the protest but to continue it on a low key for the next 10 days.
65 days and counting, a third veteran today joined the OROP protest by sitting on a fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar.
Principal Secretary (PMO) Nripendra Mishra met President of Indian Ex-servicemen Movement Lt Gen Balbir Singh today at PMO. It is learnt that Mishra asked him to help in restoring normalcy with immediate effect by calling off the fast-unto-death.
Balbir Singh expressed the views of ex-servicemen and stated that if a concrete assurance is given on OROP then the protest could be terminated. Singh also referred to earlier talks with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar wherein the Minister had sought a 10-day moratorium  to carryout discussions with PM. As a continuation to Parrikar’s demand, and as a consequence of today’s talk with PS Mishra, Lt Gen Balbir Singh (retd) has agreed not to intensify the agitation for next 10 days.