Hundreds of ex-servicemen from Uttarakhand would participate in the protest rally called by the Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IEM) to press for the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on June 14. The armed forces veterans belonging to various organisations assembled at a hotel here on Friday and resolved to fight for OROP. Speaking on the occasion president of Ex-services League Brigadier RS Rawat said all the ex-servicemen of the nation had come under one umbrella of IEM for OROP.
He informed that more than 20 buses had been booked by the League in which the veterans from the State would participate in Jantar Mantar protest. Giving an example of stark disparity, Colonel MMP Kala (Rtd) said a pre 2006 retiree Major General with 36 years of service was given a basic monthly pension of Rs30,350 while a time scale Colonel retired after 2006 is receiving a pension of Rs37,831. He said pay parity in the armed forces was what the veterans were demanding.
Lt General HB Kala (Rtd) said the Government should hand over the decision making power pertaining to armed forces to the serving and retired armed force personnel. Air Commodore Arun Kapoor (Rtd) said unity among all Ex-servicemen was the need of the hour. He said that it was really surprising that the Ex-servicemen who joined politics have forgotten the plight of their mates who served along with them.
The veterans decided to hold a protest meeting at State Capital on June 15 to express their solidarity with the IEM on the issue of OROP. The meeting was also addressed by Brigadier KG Behl (Rtd), Colonel DS Jhinkwan and Brigadier RS Kala.
(source- Nyoooz) .