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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
TMC pledges support to ex-servicemen over OROP demand
New Delhi, July 15 ANI – 5 hours ago
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday said that it will support ex-servicemen's demand of One Rank One Pension (OROP) policy, adding that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may even come to Delhi to show her support. "Mamata di was approached and as per her advice I came here, they have handed over the letter to implement One Rank One Pension. We told them that we are with them and we will do all it takes in Parliament and outside Parliament to have One Rank One Pension. This letter will reach Mamata di, and after that if need be, she will come to Delhi to show her support," TMC leader Derek O'Brien told ANI at ex-servicemen protest over OROP here.
"The last government tried, this government promised, but did not deliver, we want this OROP to be delivered," he added. Earlier, social activist Anna Hazare had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to implement the OROP scheme at the earliest, failing which, he would launch a countrywide agitation for the same.
The OROP scheme has been a long-standing demand of ex-servicemen's associations and relates to payment of uniform pension to defence forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.