OROP: Ex- servicemen thank PM Modi, but refuse to call off agitation

New Delhi, Sept 6 (ANI): Ex-servicemen on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for approving the much awaited one-rank-one-pension scheme (OROP), but refused to call off their agitation until all of their demands were met.

“Yesterday was a historic day for us, we thank the prime minister and the defence minister for approving the OROP. We appeal to the government to resolve all of our four demands, and then we will call-off our agitation,” Major General (Retired) Satbir Singh the chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemens’ Movement (IESM), said here.

“Yesterday, the defence minister, and even today, the prime minister clarified on the point of the voluntary retirement scheme, saying that there is no provision for VRS in the defence forces, but it is PMR( pre-matured retirement), we thank them for that,” he added.

Major General (Retired) Singh also pointed out that the hunger strike will continue until all their demands are met.

“If the government denies any of the four points, we will continue our hunger strike till death. We appeal to the government to resolve all of our four issues, one of which is the equalization of pension,” he added.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi lampooned the opposition for criticising his government over the OROP scheme announced yesterday, and claimed that justice had finally been given to the ex-servicemen after 42 years.

“This matter was pending for over four decades. Everyone had sympathies, but justice was not given to our ex-servicemen,” Prime Minister Modi said. (ANI)

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