Monday, October 26, 2015

No Faith in Parrikar's Statement on One Rank One Pension: Ex-Servicemen

No Faith in Parrikar's Statement on One Rank One Pension: Ex-Servicemen
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar addressing the Naval Commanders, at the biannual Naval Commanders' Conference, in New Delhi on Monday, October 26, 2015. (Press Trust of India photo)
NEW DELHI:  Armed forces veterans staging a protest in New Delhi to press their demand for 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) said today that they have no faith in Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's statement that the OROP notification would be issued after the Bihar polls.

"The minister has changed the goalposts and hence the veterans have no faith in this statement," Maj Gen Satbir Singh (retd), who has been spearheading the Indian ex-servicemen's movement on the issue, told IANS. "Keeping in view the track record of the government and the minister on OROP implementation, we have no faith in this statement. This is just another statement. He has been changing the goalposts," Mr Satbir Singh said.

"He said it is a gift. What gift? It is our right... not a gift. We are very angry and aghast at the delay in (implementation of) an already sanctioned scheme," said the veteran soldier.

On Sunday, the veterans wrote a letter signed in blood to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The government announcement on September 5 regarding OROP has seven serious shortcomings. If implemented without the removal of these shortcomings, it will kill the very definition of OROP which has been approved by two parliaments, strongly recommended by the Koshyari Committee and promised by you to ex-servicemen and armed forces personnel," the letter said.

Mr Parrikar toady said the OROP notification would come after the Bihar polls, and the government was trying to issue it before Diwali, which falls on November 11.

The fifth and last phase of Bihar polls would take place on November 5, with counting of votes on November 8. The model code of conduct will remain in force till November 12.
Story First Published: October 26, 2015 19:13 IST
(Source NDTV)


  1. This man Manohar Parrikar RM, is a lost man with no credibility since he has yet to keep even his one word ever since his first meeting with the ESMs on 1stFeb. And terming the rightful OROP as a gift or doles is simply an unacceptable and disgusting description of the OROP.
    And the man with the largest chest has simply chosen to shrink and keep his mouth shut for any words for the Jawans but is keeping that wide open for all other purposes
    Thankless government, shameless ministers, indifferent media , downright hostile bureaucracy ... Mera Bharat Mahaan........ Best wishes dear Jawans ....

    1. Earlier he was ruling a state like Delhi and claiming to be a champion. He is a failed case in Modi Govt as Modi Ji is proving himself who had ruled Gujarat but unable to understand Centre. They all are going to pay a lot in time to come.

  2. शिखर सम्मेलन के अंतिम दिन पीएम मोदी ने अफ्रीका को 10 अरब डॉलर का कर्ज देने की घोषणा की। उन्होंने कहा कि अफ्रीकी देशों के साथ भारत की साझेदारी को मजबूती देने के लिए अगले पांच साल में अफ्रीका को 10 अरब डॉलर का रियायती कर्ज मुहैया कराया जाएगा, जो मौजूदा ऋण कार्यक्रम से अलग होगा।