‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) scheme for the servicemen is being delayed in its implementation. On Sunday, thousands of ex-servicemen came down at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to protest against this delay. Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) is leading the rally. IESM has warned that the retired personnel will go on hunger strike from 15 June if the OROP scheme is delayed any further.
Just two weeks before the PM Narendra Modi has assured the implementation of OROP scheme on his radio show ‘ Mann Ki Baat’ and now the agitation has come up for it further delay in spite of hollow assurances.
PM Modi has called the scheme of OROP scheme to bit complicated and said that it will be brought into effect but needs some time to implement. Time and again Modi has given assurances of its implementation.
But the ex-servicemen are no longer ready to sit simply and wait. Various rounds of conversations with the top ministers have ended without any concrete step, and the ex-servicemen are still clueless about when the scheme will be implemented. Leaving the protest as the last resort for them.
Thousands of ex-servicemen will come to Jantar Mantar on Sunday. Just two days before the ex-servicemen had written a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and sought for the exact date of IROP implementation to be told. Calling OROP an emotional issue, Jaitley has been persuaded to fasten the implementation of OROP.
Modi himself had criticized the previous government for not implementing the OROP scheme that has been ending for the last 40 years.
The OROP scheme will benefit lakhs of ex-army personnel and war widows. One rank one pension implies that two retired soldiers should get same pension irrespective of date of retirement if they have the same rank and same length of service.