OROP: Ex-servicemen to boycott govt functions
A group of ex-servicemen on Monday announced that they will boycott all official functions, including ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations of the victory in 1965 war, in protest against delay over implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ by the government.
Protesting against the delay in implementation of OROP, ex-servicemen in various cities across the country are holding relay <g data-gr-id="13">hunger-strike</g>, which entered the eighth day.
"Our protest will continue till our legitimate dues of OROP is met by the government. We have decided to boycott all official functions including the ongoing commemoration of the victory of 1965 War and the upcoming Independence day celebrations," said <g data-gr-id="16">chairman</g> of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement Major General (<g data-gr-id="17">Retd</g>) Satbir Singh. Hitting out at the government over non-implementation of their long-pending demand of OROP, Singh, who is also Convenor of the United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM) said, "The <g data-gr-id="18">widows</g> of 1965 war are not getting their dues and nor the soldiers who fought the war. What the government is commemorating?"