OROP stir: Veterans meet Parrikar

New Delhi, Sep 5 (IANS) Veterans demanding the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday and are hoping the government will make an announcement on this soon.

“We have some minor differences. A meeting with the defence minister is underway. The picture will be clear soon,” Atul Dubey, a volunteer with the the ex-servicemen’s front, told IANS.

Earlier, Major General Satbir Singh (retired), the adviser of the ex-servicemen’s front, told reporters that the OROP scheme should be applicable to all retired officers, following reports that it will not be for those who take voluntary retirement.

“We heard that those ex-servicemen who took VRS will not be given the OROP. This is totally unacceptable,” Major General Satbir Singh said.

Saturday is the 82nd day of the agitation.

The defence ministry has called a press conference at 2.30 p.m. which is likely to be attended by three service chiefs and secretary ex-servicemen welfare as well.

According to sources, a draft of the OROP proposal was circulated in the RSS-BJP meeting on Friday.

The draft put 2013 as the base year and July 2014 as the date of implementation along with a review every five years.

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