Ex-servicemen rally in Delhi against OROP announcement

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Ex-servicemen from across the country on Sunday held a ‘Sainik Akrosh’ rally here to protest the government notification on the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) issue.

The protesting ex-servicemen, who have been agitating at the Jantar Mantar here for the last 183 days, claim the OROP scheme announced by the government is different from its original definition that was agreed upon between the two sides.

“There is no demand… the (OROP) scheme that parliament approved and the notification issued are different,” Major General Satbir Singh (retd), who is spearheading the ex-servicemen’s agitation, said.

“There are seven major mistakes. They (government) are telling the nation they have given the OROP but they have actually finished it,” he said.

Singh also slammed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his alleged statement that more ex-servicemen were satisfied with the OROP scheme announced by the government.

“We are sad (that) Jaitley said most veterans have agreed to the scheme… it is a lie… look at the number of people who have come,” he said.

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