Ex-servicemen to go on hunger strike over One Rank One Pension

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The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) said on Saturday that it would launch protests and go on a hunger strike from June 14-15 if the government does not clear its stand on “one rank, one pension” (OROP) scheme.

Former military servicemen met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag to discuss the OROP scheme on Saturday morning and reportedly said that the meeting was inconclusive.

“The chief of Army staff had told us to meet the defence minister before holding a meeting. We, the members of Indian Ex-servicemen movement (IESM), met the defence minister. He told us that the ministry is working on it (OROP). We will meet him again, once it is finalized and the date is given to us, we will inform the rest,” Major Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh told a news agency.

He further added, “If we won’t get specific date, then we’ll start agitation from June 15 and we’ll go on a hunger strike.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the eighth edition of Mann Ki Baat said that a lot of issues need to be fixed regarding the OROP but promised to clear them for the armed forces. He asked them to be a little patient and not to pay heed to rumours or political tangles which have hindered the clearance of the OROP.

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