Monday, January 18, 2016
AGITATION CALLED OFF FROM FINANCE MINISTER'S RESIDENCE.
In a late development on Sunday night, ex-servicemen protesting outside Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s residence over the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) called off their protest after assurance from the Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha.
Veterans who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar from several months over discrepancies in the government notification, on Sunday, moved their protests outside Mr.Jaitley’s residence. They said that Mr. Jaitley in an earlier meeting on Jan 3 had promised to address their concerns in a week but failed to so.
“Consequent to certain back channel initiative, a meeting between ex-servicemen delegation and Minister of State for Finance took place in a very cordial environment late last night,” Col Anil kaul (retd), media advisor of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) said.
Col Kaul said that despite the late hours Mr. Sinha was instructed by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to discuss the issue and request the veterans to call off the dharna.
SOI: Exservicemen Welfare.