Defence veterans to start returning medals today

New Delhi, (PTI): War veterans will start returning their medals from today to protest the government notification on implementation of ‘one rank-one pension’, which they have rejected, and hit back at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his comments that not all their demands can be met.

“We have one and only demand and that is OROP. It was the government who inserted provisions that has made the issue complicated. We want OROP as per the definition. No junior should get more pension than his senior.

The government had on Saturday formally notified the OROP scheme for the over 24 lakh ex-servicemen and six lakh war widows in the country, which was rejected by the protesting ex-servicemen. dh file photo
“In protest against the government notification, we will start returning our medals from tomorrow. On November 10-11, ex-servicemen across the country will start returning their medals. They have already informed the District Magistrates about this,” Group Captain V K Gandhi (retd), general secretary of Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM), said.

The government had on Saturday formally notified the OROP scheme for the over 24 lakh ex-servicemen and six lakh war widows in the country, which was rejected by the protesting ex-servicemen.

Parrikar had said  that everyone has the right to make a demand in democracy but not all demands can be fulfilled. He said “maximum” demands of the veterans have been fulfilled and that the judicial commission to be set up by the government will look into their “problems”.

In Delhi, the medals will be returned outside Terminal 1 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) tomorrow, Gandhi said, adding selecting crowded places for the purpose was meant to educate the common man about the issue.
The protesting ex-servicemen also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and briefed him about the OROP notification.

“He called us today and asked us to brief him about the government notification. He has said in coming days he will take up the issue, address press conference and also visit the protesting ex-servicemen at Jantar Mantar,” Gandhi said after meeting Kejriwal.

3 Comments

  1. UPA was working on OROP.

    Did Mr Jaitley and other BJP leaders provide support to the UPA?

    And then, the promises-galore globetrotter, made one more grandstanding promise: if elected, his Government would implement the OROP.

    The audience was made up of tens of thousands Ex-Servicemen. The former General VK Singh and Chief of Army Staff standing by his side.

    Watch the feku’s video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r0r6qH3mu4

    And then, like all his promises, nothing really happened.

    The globetrotter was busy with…globetrotting.

    The poor ex-servicemen did not quite give up the fight.

    The globetrotter was busy with…globetrotting.

    The poor ex-servicemen resorted to all sorts of dignified protests, including hunger strike.

    And they waited for the globetrotter to say something.

    But the feku globetrotter was busy with…globetrotting.

    And now, the ex-servicemen have had enough of this feku.

    So, they are contributing their little mite to giving the biggest boot to the globetrotter’s 56-inch rear.

    And sending him back to the epicentre of world’s intolerance: Gujarat.

    • And they waited for the globetrotter to say something….But the feku globetrotter was busy with…globetrotting. – Mr. Mangal

      Boy! You have said it succinctly and summed it up so well! You sure have a way with words. Keep writing, sir. 🙂

  2. Defence veterans to start returning medals today.

    Who would brand this as the “manufactured revolt”? Arun Jailey or Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar?

    Both belong to the Saraswat Brahmin community to which original paimaam belongs to!

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