1. OROP scheme notification before Diwali: Manohar Parrikar

OROP scheme notification before Diwali: Manohar Parrikar

Miffed over delay in the issuance of the notification for 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) Scheme, protesting veterans today announced they will return their service medals across the country...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2015 10:42 PM
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Manohar Parrikar said the formal OROP notification would be issued before Diwali. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Miffed over delay in the issuance of the notification for ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) Scheme, protesting veterans today announced they will return their service medals across the country from next week even as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the notification will be issued before Diwali.

“The government has delayed the notification of OROP under the pretext of Model Code of Conduct in place due to Bihar polls. We fear that the notification will not take into account our demand for which we have been on protest over the last 145 days at Jantar Mantar and across the country,” Group Captain V K Gandhi (Retd), general secretary of Indian Ex-servicemen Movement said.

He added that they will also scale up the protest next week.

As per the plan, Gandhi said that the veterans will hand over their medals to the district magistrates across the country on November 9 and 10. He said that if they don’t accept the medals, they will be left in their offices which can be later sent to either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or President Pranab Mukherjee.

“Time is over for the government to shift the goalpost,” said Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, Chairman of Indian Ex-servicemen Movement.

Meanwhile, Manohar Parrikar said the formal OROP notification would be issued before Diwali.

“As you are aware, it will be issued before Diwali,” Parrikar told reporters here in reply to a question when the notification on OROP will come out.

Though the government had announced OROP scheme on September 5, a section of the veterans had continued their protest citing seven lacunae, including annual equalisation, 2013-14 as the base year among others.

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  1. Major
    Nov 7, 2015 at 4:45 am
    The OROP for the veterans will be dela till such a time the Railways and others resort to violence with similar demands. The patience of the veterans on various counts were misunderstood by the government till now. The day is not far off for the serving soldier to raise his voice in our support.
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      Dr GS
      Nov 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm
      It is so unfortunate that a dignified person like Mr Parrikar is made to OK like a fool, ( repeatedly forced to go back on his promise. And eat his own words) by the Babus in finance ministry. Soldiers expect their Def Min and PM to be men of their words who don't break their solemn promises made repeatedly in public. What is being done is just be fooling the veterans by juggelery of words
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      1. Pete Woodman
        Nov 6, 2015 at 11:06 pm
        these three rapidly approaching obese and unshaven guys seem to have been on an indefinite fast since their breakfast today. Sorry, I cannot accept these sort of people speaking on my behalf. I won my medals the hard way.
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          pkpk
          Nov 7, 2015 at 8:42 am
          Please be calm. They already know that everybody is watching including active soldiers. That is the reason why the press was gagged. We should never allow our internal issues to be staged in open before the world including China and stan. Such issues concerning soldiers should be addressed quietly. Our unity and solidarity in defense forces should be above party politics. Government will hopefully act responsibly and fast and close this chapter amicably.
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            Rajesh Taneja
            Nov 7, 2015 at 1:48 am
            Well politicians are politicians always dilly dallying still not given date when it will be announced. Wait till Diwali Hmmm still waiting for babus in his office for their approval.
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            1. Ramapati Sahana
              Nov 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm
              Yes ... wear one on ur backside too .. who wants jaychands like u any way.
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