Saturday, June 13, 2015
UNITED FRONT OF EX-SERVICEMEN FORMED.
THE DELAY IN IMPLEMENTING THE OROP HAS COMPELLED TO FORM THE
" UNITED FRONT OF EX-SERVICEMEN TO FIGHT JOINTLY FOR COMMON CAUSE."
What is OROP? It is payment of the same pension to military retirees of the same rank and same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement. Further, any future enhancement in pension is to be automatically passed on to the old pensioners. This definition stands accepted by the Koshyari Committee and both the UPA government and the NDA have accepted it on the floor of the House. Based on two simple parameters of rank and total length of service, this definition is easy to understand and implement. Besides, it has the widest acceptance.
The veterans have full faith in the Prime Minister's assurance and are certain OROP will come. However, the date of its final implementation remains in the penumbra. With the inordinate delay the veterans are getting edgy. They have already announced the restart of their protest from June 14. For an emerging global power it would be an unhappy spectacle to see its veterans holding a public protest. The Prime Minister needs to take a call. Urgently.
SOI: Ex-Servicemen Welfare.