• Rajasthan

    Cong 98
    BJP 74
    RLM 3
    OTH 24
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 111
    BJP 110
    BSP 2
    OTH 7
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 67
    BJP 17
    JCC 6
    OTH 0
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 95
    TDP-Cong 21
    BJP 1
    OTH 2
  • Mizoram

    MNF 26
    Cong 5
    BJP 1
    OTH 8

* Total Tally Reflects Leads + Wins

Anna Hazare to join protest at Jantar Mantar for OROP

By: | Published: July 8, 2015 9:13 PM

Social activist Anna Hazare will soon join the ongoing relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here in support of 'One Rank One Pension', a group of protesting ex-servicemen today said.

Social activist Anna Hazare will soon join the ongoing relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here in support of ‘One Rank One Pension’, a group of protesting ex-servicemen today said.

Hazare has already expressed his support to the long-pending OROP scheme, saying it is a “fair demand”.

“Anna Hazare has written to Prime Minister and others. He has also assured that he will be joining the relay hunger strike on Jantar Mantar shortly,” Col (Retd) Anil Kaul, media advisor to United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM) said.

Peeved at not being able to meet Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar this week, he said that UFESM has decided not to request for meeting with anyone.

“The onus of any further meeting lies with the establishment,” he said.

The Modi government has said it is committed to OROP, a key promise made during the Lok Sabha polls. It has, however, not implemented it till now. Also, there has been no official word on why the scheme is getting delayed.

Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when he or she retired.

Therefore, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws a lower pension than a Lieutenant Colonel who retired after 1996.

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