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Army veteran commits suicide over OROP: Rahul Gandhi slams Modi Government

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rahul-gandhi-detained-by-delhi-policeNew Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi earlier today was detained by police and not allowed to meet the family members of the Army veteran who allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at Jantar Mantar in the capital last night as he had failed to receive pension according to the one-rank-one pension (OROP) scheme implemented by the Union Government.

Amid high drama, Rahul Gandhi was arrested for the second time after he had met the deceased ex-Armyman’s family. Even Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrival’s movement was restricted by Delhi Police. Matters got precipitated as many Congress and AAP leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia were detained by the police.

The Congress Vice President lashed out at the Modi Government. He said how can they arrest the family members of the deceased ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who was from Bhiwani district in Haryana. He also described his own detention as undemocratic.

When a media-person told senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad that Union Minister and former Army chief General V.K. Singh had said that the deceased ex-serviceman was of unstable mind, the Congress leader said that the person who has said this should get his mental condition examined.

OROP will be rolled out before Diwali: Manohar Parikkar

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Manohar ParrikarNew Delhi: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar today evening announced that  OROP (one-rank-one pension) for ex-Defence personnel will be rolled out before Diwali.

Meanwhile representatives of the agitating ex-servicemen, who are demanding immediate implementation of OROP scheme, conveyed to the media that they lack confidence in the Government. Instead of calling off their agitation following the Defence Minister’s announcement, the ex-servicemen announced that they would be intensifying their agitation from November 10, ahead of Diwali.

PM clarifies stand on One Rank One Pension issue

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Prime Minister Narendra ModiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today cleared the doubts on the One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue and declared that the defence veterans who who retired prematurely will be entitled to OROP.

The Prime Minister made this announcement at a rally he addressed in Faridabad on Sunday – a day after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the Government’s decision to implement the OROP scheme and said that the veterans who took voluntary retirement would not be covered under this scheme.

The Prime Minister pulled up the Congress and said that justice has been done with regard to the ex-servicemen’s demand for OROP pending for more than 40 years

The veterans sitting on strike at Jantar Mantar here have welcomed the Government’s decision on OROP but rejected the provision to keep the veterans, who retire voluntarily, out of the ambit of the scheme and announced that their protest would continue.

In the meanwhile, Major General (retired) Satbir Singh told reporters that their strike would continue if the Government failed to accept their four-point demands, including equalisation of pension.

 

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.