Monday, October 26, 2015
Manohar Parrikar says OROP notification after Bihar polls
New Delhi: The notification on One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme will be issued “within days” of the Bihar poll process coming to an end as the model code of conduct is currently in place, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday.
Asked if it would be a Diwali gift to the protesting veterans, he said, “I am trying to have it before Diwali (November 11).” The counting of votes in Bihar will take place on November 8 but the model code of conduct will remain in place till 12 November. “It (notification) will be issued within days after the Bihar poll process ends,” Parrikar told reporters in New Delhi.
He said the government did not come out with the notification as the model code of conduct has been in place. The protesting ex-servicemen had on Sunday in a letter signed in blood to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanded early implementation of the scheme. On the 133rd day of their relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, the veterans said that the announcement made by Parrikar on 5 September regarding the implementation of OROP had “seven serious shortcomings”.
If implemented without the removal of the shortcomings, it will kill the definition of OROP, the letter claimed. The letter further accused Parrikar of “changing the goalpost” every now and then. The protesting veterans asked the prime minister to issue notification to implement OROP scheme at the earliest. Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement spokesperson Col (retd) Anil Kaul said the letter was signed in blood by around 200 general officers and others.