The United Front of Ex-Servicemen will organise a state-level rally against the alleged dilution of One-Rank-One-Pension demand on October 18 outside Punjab Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) Garha road, Jalandhar.
The front announced this in a press meet held by the front on Wednesday. The front members are demanding that the OROP should be implemented in letter and spirit. They blamed the government for diluting the provisions that were demanded under OROP.
Lt Col Balbir Singh, president, Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, said, “The government thinks that a bunch of old men will just stop after small agitation but our fight will continue till the government accepts all our demands.”
“Though the government has announced that they are accepting the OROP, it has failed to keep its word. They have played a trick on us and neglected some of the important demands that we made under OROP,” he further said.
“Only 2 per cent of the veterans are satisfied with the government’s move and the rest are still agitating,” said Brigadier Amarjit Singh Minhas, when asked about a section of agitators who have welcomed the government’s move.
The ex-servicemen present there said the government has decided to revise the pension of ex-servicemen after five year against one year that was earlier demanded. They mentioned that the government has changed the base year for the calculation of OROP from 2013-14 to 2012-13 because of which the ex-servicemen will not get the increment of last one-and-a-half-years.
In addition to this, they have demanded the OROP benefits should be given to all ex-servicemen who have taken premature retirement. They also raised their voice against the government decision of appointing a single-man judicial committee which will work on the OROP details.
“How can a single man handle such a big responsibility and that too without having any army background? They should at least form a five-member committee that should include people from the service, bureaucrats and someone having a law background.”
‘PM Modi has insulted army’
The ex-servicemen also spoke strongly against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They alleged that during the PM’s visit to Chandigarh in September, he said the money that will be given to ex-servicemen through OROP is taken from the poor people of the nation.
“He has insulted the defence fraternity by making such statement. We had never imagined that the PM of the country can stoop so low,” an ex-serviceman said.