Wednesday, 7 January 2015

war veterans march on to Delhi for OROP

CHANDIGARH: More than 10,000 restless ex-servicemen from across the country will hold a massive protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on February 1 to pressurize the Centre into keeping its promise on the one rank one pension (OROP) demand.
During the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, both the BJP and Congress had pledged to implement the scheme. But the new government has not implemented it even after completing 200 days in office. Several ex-servicemen welfare organizations have come under the banner of Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) for the protest.
The veterans are also unhappy over defence minister Manohar Parrikar recent statement that he would try to implement 80% of OROP.
"It has to be implemented 100% as promised by the Prime Minister on a number of occasions. Any dilution will not be OROP," said Major General Satbir Singh (retd), chairman of IESM. He also wants a white paper from the Centre on OROP, given that Narender Modi had pledged to implement the scheme in his first election rally at Rewari in September 2013 after he was declared BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
"If it is short of funds, the government should openly say so. We are even ready to accept bonds but give us our 100%," Gen Satbir said.
Brigadier Harwant Singh (retd), president of the all India Defence Brotherhood, said, "As soldiers, we never thought of performing 80% while guarding the nation. We are feeling dejected and restless because of the delay."
Brigadier Kiran Krishan (retd) of IESM said OROP was sanctioned on February 17, 2014. "Ten months have passed since. The BJP government enthusiastically promising to implement it had raised our hopes. But the party seems to be dragging its feet."
In its last budget in February, the UPA government had provisioned for Rs 500 crore for OROP. The BJP government had announced Rs 1,000 crore in its interim budget in July. However, army authorities estimate that Rs 5,000 crore would be required, whereas the accounts department of the defence ministry says Rs 9000 crore would be needed to implement OROP.
Out of 30-lakh ex-servicemen in the country, Punjab alone has around 3 lakh, Haryana has nearly 2.8 lakh, Himachal Pradesh (HP) has around two lakh. Around 10,000 retired ex-servicemen live in Chandigarh.
OROP implies uniform pension to personnel retiring on the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement.


  1. Our PM had been promised in his election campaign that achchhe din aane wale hai
    means one of best government but so far there is no change for veterans. Same situation and same condition is continue after a words given by our Hon'ble PM for his commitments for OROP. Now veterans compelled to agitate for their rights after breaking a great hope from our PM.

  2. I feel that the BJP government is not going to implement OROP in a hurry. It is having a wait and watch tactics about implementation of OROP, now that the elections are over. This is because the army has no power over the politicians who run this country, only Babus have the power as without them the politicians cannot run the country, so they listen to the Babus and do what they tell them.

  3. Dear veterans march on to Delhi for OROP ON February 1 IS THE CORRECT WAY TO SHOW THE GOVT ABOUT OUR UNITY though it is delayed but this time we want our sanctioned orop , if req please continue more agitation till sanction of pay order by govt. No of times they have made us fool but this time please make it do or die. If pm can not give he has to inform the same over our blood in delhi not in sieachin . let babus enjoy our blood along with politicians . please think if orop not cleared before that agitation may please be con as it is a sanctioned promised by pm for the poor and sufferer soldiers

  4. Government thinks veterans as a waste elements after retirement and they don't deserve by government for their welfare by all the government and making fool n fool continuously. There is no way to get their actual right easily by their own government who enjoying due to soldiers by feeling safe environment of our country but they retired from active service who spent their cream life in safeguarding our country keeping away themselves from all the enjoyment and other responsibilities of family but agitation is only way to wake up the government for their rights. It is very shame for our government.

  5. They r keeping us engaged by reading and discussing the subject of orop. The 2ord has lost its significance and and made it a mock

  6. One year of NDA government is complete. But strange they are least bothered about defense.Where is the sanctioned money of OROP is gone? Hope so another scam of 8300 crore does not crop ups.