1. OROP: Health of hunger striking army veteran Havaldar Abhilekh Singh worsens

OROP: Health of hunger striking army veteran Havaldar Abhilekh Singh worsens

The medical condition of army veteran Havaldar Abhilekh Singh, who has been on a hunger strike over a demand for One Rank, One Pension (OROP), took a turn for the worse on Saturday afternoon, and he has been rushed to hospital.

By: | Published: August 29, 2015 12:59 PM

The medical condition of army veteran Havaldar Abhilekh Singh, who has been on a hunger strike over a demand for One Rank, One Pension (OROP), took a turn for the worse on Saturday afternoon, and he has been rushed to hospital.

Preliminary reports said that he has been taken to the Army Research and Referral Hospital.

Retired military personnel had boycotted the government’s celebrations of the 50th anniversary of India’s 1965 war with Pakistan on Thursday, and expressed their displeasure at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s failure to give a concrete decision on the OROP issue.

Parrikar had earlier hinted at the possibility of the government approving the OROP scheme for retired armed forces personnel, but did not give any concrete ruling on the matter.

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.

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    pkpk
    Aug 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm
    OROP promised by PM - so must be implemented soon. DO NOT COMPARE any other service with MILITARY: 1. Very hard regular physical training to keep fit for war. 2. Regular battle training to prepare for war. 3. Eye to eye with enemy even in peacetime. 4. Siachen and Leh-Ladakh’s sub-zero temperatures and no oxygen for brave soldiers. 5. 24/7 job – no overtime beyond 8 hours – war or battle training, food or no food, water or no water. 6. No fundamental rights - no freedom of expression - discipline - only yes sir. 7. Army/Navy/AF Act - Military Courts - Instant Prison Punishment with Pack Drill - No Appeal - Court Martial can only be appealed. 8. Family separation - no et building - no proper education of children - no regular lovemaking. 9. Retire in prime of life in mid 30s and 40s with no skills useful in civil. 10. And last not the least, be prepared for supreme sacrifice - fight the enemy to kill or get killed, which no other service does.
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      pkpk
      Aug 29, 2015 at 7:40 pm
      OROP promised by PM - so must be implemented soon. DO NOT COMPARE any other service with MILITARY: 1. Very hard regular physical training to keep fit for war. 2. Regular battle training to prepare for war. 3. Eye to eye with enemy even in peacetime. 4. Siachen and Leh-Ladakh’s sub-zero temperatures and no oxygen for brave soldiers. 5. 24/7 job – no overtime beyond 8 hours – war or battle training, food or no food, water or no water. 6. No fundamental rights - no freedom of expression - discipline - only yes sir. 7. Army/Navy/AF Act - Military Courts - Instant Prison Punishment with Pack Drill - No Appeal - Court Martial can only be appealed. 8. Family separation - no et building - no proper education of children - no regular lovemaking. 9. Retire in prime of life in mid 30s and 40s with no skills useful in civil. 10. And last not the least, be prepared for supreme sacrifice - fight the enemy to kill or get killed, which no other service does.
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        pkpk
        Aug 29, 2015 at 9:53 pm
        What happened to the low morale armies in Iraq and Afghanistan? Is it any secret? Once OROP approved in prinl, our FM says reviewing (not necessarily increasing - only parity for same rank with same length of total service) military pensions annually is asking for too much? Why? Are your babus going to calculate the pension parity? No, computer programmers will write programs and everything will be done automatically on set dates. If no pension parity every year, what is then OROP? You will ultimately have to do it but surely not with GRACE?
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