Anna Hazare joins OROP protest at Jantar Mantar, says soldiers fighting for the country denied their due

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Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday joined ex-servicemen fighting for One Rank One Pension at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and said the veterans serve the country but don’t get their due.

While addressing the former servicemen at the venue, Hazare said the government should not go back on its promise to implement the OROP scheme.

“It is because of the soldiers, civil persons can sleep in relief. Why are the soldiers denied fair pensions? Why can’t they be given their due respects,” Hazare asked.

When politicians can make Rs. 50000 per month then why does a war widow gets only Rs.3000-4000 in this inflated market, the anti-corruption crusader asked.

“He committed to implement OROP and bring back Black Money. Based on these promises lakhs of people voted for him (PM Modi). However, no money returned to India,” said Hazare.

Hazare is also scheduled to meet Delhi Chief Minister and his former protege Arvind Kejriwal at the capital’s Maharashtra Sadan at 8 pm today.

“I will do everything possible to get OROP implemented. Government is wasting public money in Parliament and denying pension for its soldiers,” Hazare said.

During the speech, Hazare also announced that he will go on an indefinite strike in New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on October 2 over the controversial Land Acquisition Bill and OROP issue.

As per the current law, pensioners who retired before 2006 draw less pension than their counterparts and even their juniors. Under OROP, someone who retired in 1996 will get the same pension as someone who retired in 2006.

Retired soldiers have been on a relay hunger strike for over 40 days demanding that the OROP is implemented without further delay.

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