Ex-servicemen, who were forcibly being removed from the Jantar Mantar here, today said that they would continue with their agitation for the implementation of One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme even from jail.
“We will continue with the agitation. We are not going to leave Jantar Mantar. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made many promises, but has not fulfilled them. He has just been passing time and nothing else. Now, they (NDA Government) are trying to use force on us so that we can leave this agitation. But we will not end our agitation and will stay here even if they send us to the jails. We are ready for everything,” said ex-sergeant Ajit Singh, who was one of those protesting at the Jantar Mantar.
They were today asked to vacate the Jantar Mantar by the NDMC, which said that it was an exercise aimed at ensuring security ahead of Independence Day.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned this move, terming it as unfortunate and bizarre.
“Ex-servicemen being forcibly thrown out of jantar mantar? Bizarre.They protected us till yest. Now they r security threat for indep day?,” he said in a tweet.
The ex-servicemen, who have been protesting against the delay in the implementation of the scheme, said they will wait till August 15 for the announcement and added that they would step up their protests if the government does not pay heed to their demands.
One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme has been a long-standing demand of nearly three-million ex-servicemen and war widows in the country. It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel, who retire at the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement.