OROP row: Veterans sign petition to PM in blood
The protesting ex-servicemen on Sunday in a letter signed in blood demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the early implementation of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme.
On the 133rd day of their relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in the national Capital, the veterans said that the announcement made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on September 5 regarding the implementation of OROP had “seven serious shortcomings”.
If implemented without the removal of the shortcomings, it will kill the definition of ‘One Rank One Pension’, the letter claimed. The letter further accused Parrikar of “changing the goalpost” every now and then.
The protesting veterans asked the Prime Minister to issue notification to implement OROP scheme at the earliest. Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement spokesperson Col (retd) Anil Kaul said the letter was signed in blood by around 200 general officers and others.
It must be noted that armymen across the country have staged protests for OROP implementation.