OROP Row: Decoding The Demands Of War Veterans And Ex-Servicemen

| September 6 , 2015 , 08:48 IST
As the government on Saturday announced acceptance of the long-pending demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ but the ex-servicemen who have been on agitation rejected the key details of the decision and said their 84-day long stir will continue. [caption id="attachment_115237" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Fasting veterans at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi (File Photo: PTI) Fasting veterans at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi (File Photo: PTI)[/caption] Leaders of agitating ex-servicemen over OROP met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Saturday night after which they said the government was likely to come out with a “clarification” on its applicability to those who have opted for premature retirement. Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, who met the Minister along with few others, for the second time, said the veterans would take a call on continuance of the agitation, that entered its 84th day, after a core committee meeting of the veterans.
“Defence Minister has confirmed that there is no VRS in defence services and so OROP will be applicable in PMR (Pre-mature Retirement). An official note would be given in a day or two after having a word with the Prime Minister", he said.
The following are the main points of what the ex-servicemen have agreed to and what they are asking for: Including those with voluntary/premature retirement:
The government announced excluding those with voluntary retirement under OROP. The veterans met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over the issue, and said they were satisfied with the assurance that those with premature retirement will be included.
Calling off indefinite fast:
The veterans say they will end their indefinite fast when the government gives a written confirmation on including those with premature retirement under OROP.
Agitation to continue:
The agitation will continue till other issues are sorted out. This includes revision every five years, while the veterans want it every two years.
No one-member judicial committee:
The veterans want a five-member committee which is directly under the defence minister. Members should include three retired veterans, one serving member of the forces and one person designated by the government.
Committee report time:
While the government sought the one-member judicial committee report in six months, the veterans want the report in one month.
Calculating pension:
The government's formula for calculating pension is taking out an average of different pensions for the same rank, but those above average will be protected. The veterans want average of top pensioner to be considered for formulating the quantum of the pension.

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