OROP: Retd paramilitary officials to protest today
After military veterans, retired paramilitary officials will now hold a ‘dharna’ in the national Capital on Monday, demanding One Rank One Pension (OROP) benefits and other privileges under the ex-servicemen category.
An association of former officials of forces such as CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB will hold the sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar for the implementation of their demands, which they say have been in the
waiting for the last over a decade.
“Our major demands to the government are the granting of OROP to paramilitary veterans like military personnel, exemption of serving troops from contributory pension scheme and extending full benefits to these forces under the ex-servicemen category. The ‘dharna’ and protest will begin on November 2 at 10 am at Jantar Mantar,” national general secretary of the All-India Central Paramilitary Forces and Ex-servicemen Welfare Association PS Nair said.
He said the association has already sent a memorandum to the government in this regard and decided to stage the protest after they failed to get a reply.
“The country cannot sleep peacefully even for a day without the paramilitary forces. There is no proper rehabilitation ensured for these forces. We need the support of the government and the public in bettering the lives of these men and women, who are on job 24x7 in hard-working conditions,” Nair said, adding that defence and paramilitary forces should be kept on equal footing while granting service benefits.