The entire one-rank-one-pension (OROP) issue has already seen many twists and turns but no implementation. It reached to another level with the suicide of ex serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal on Tuesday evening. Claiming that non implementation of OROP is an abject failure of the government Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal jumped their own political guns.
Thursday saw a grudging Anna Hazare threaten the central government with agitation for not keeping its promise on the OROP.
“Though the government keeps extolling the Indian army all the time, it has not bothered to fulfil its OROP promise. Ex-servicemen are not begging, nor they are helpless. They are just asking for their rights,” said Anna Hazare while talking to reporters at his home Ralegan Siddhi.
“There is nothing wrong if we start an agitation for the rights of our retired armymen,” he added as ex-serviceman himself, Hazare said there was no point in only praising soldiers and not taking care of them after retirement.
“Ex-servicemen are not spreading their hands before this government,” he said. Last year, Hazare had joined the protests of ex-servicemen over the delay in implementing OROP.
Hazare announced that he would travel across India to raise awareness among the people which would eventually evolve into a protest at the Ramlila Maidan. Close aides to Anna said that he has plans to jump into action now with the political war surrounding over Grewal’s suicide.
Ram Kishan Grewal committed suicide after allegedly consuming pesticides on Tuesday evening having failled to meet Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and defence minister Manohar Parrikar over the non-implementation of OROP.