Exclusive: Narendra Modi has betrayed the very trust of us soldiers: Army General on OROP


By Rifat Jawaid

India’s army veterans have blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for betraying the men in uniform by not fulfilling his promises over One Rank One Pension.

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

Speaking exclusively to Jantakareporter.com, Major General Satbir (retired) said that PM Modi on 15 September 2014 in Rewari had assured that he will grant OROP “the moment government is formed.”

He said, “But he’s (Modi) betrayed the very trust of us soldiers. So, in all my hosho hawaas (consciousness), I have no hesitation in saying that Mr Modi is responsible for causing injuries to hearts and minds of the soldiers of this country called Bharat. They call themsleves nationalists. If they were nationalists, they will honour the commitment made to the soldiers. Let Mr Modi come on TV to say that he doesn’t have money to pay to the soldiers, we will finish our agitation. But has he guts to say that to the country?”

In an extraordinary development, as many as 11 Generals sat on hunger strike on Saturday with their demands on OROP. They were joined by 15 more Generals  that included five Lt Generals, one Admiral of Indian Navy and 10 Major Generals on Sunday.

Maj General Satbir said that the soldiers were determined to take their fight to its logical end adding that “we don’t leave the battlefield until we’ve either won or lost, or we are POWs or we’ve captured.”

He said, “Military training has taught us to finish our task. There’s no middle ground. It’s not a fight against the government. It’s a fight against injustice. 15 months time delay is unacceptable. We are hurt, we are angry with our prime minister, angry to the core. He’s gone back on his assurance. If his finance minister is not delivering, he should haul him up and tell him to clear the Rs 8300 crores. File is lying with the FM since 17 March 2015.”

The Generals were invited by the defence minister Manohar Parriker after the Army Chief General Suhag and the Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar reportedly intervened and facilitated the minister’s meeting with the protesting army veterans.

Parriker has agreed to meet them again early next week.

Maj Gen Satbir said that there were 6,75,000 widows of the defence forces and over 24 lakh retired officers adding that “these thirty lakh believed in Modi, who betrayed them spectacularly.”

Army veterans are also accusing the Modi government of being in contempt of the Supreme Court, which on February 16 this year had directed the central government to implement OROP.

A bench of Justices TS Thakur and AK Goel had warned the government of contempt if it failed to abide by its order within three months. Representing government, the Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand had assured the court of working out the ‘modalities within the specified timeframe.”


Another officer, Colonel Tevatia (retired) questioned the government’s intention to implement the OROP. He told jantakareporter.com that “if the  government wanted to do it, they would have done it in the first quarter of coming to power.”

Colonel Tevatia blamed the bureaucracy for not allowing the soldiers to meet the prime minister.

He said, “There are n number of lies in the bureaucracy’s briefings, which we want to point out. But we are not allowed to meet the PM.”

A visibly pained Colonel said that the army had been denied the natural justice since independence.

He said, “There’s something known as natural justice, which is where we’ve been suffering right since independence. By natural justice I mean that the aggrieved party should have been heard. No body listens to us.

“Even if we go to streets, we are told this is not expected from the men in uniform. We are suffering, what do we do? We are not killing people, we are not burning buses. Although these people (politicians) understand just one language. That language is of disruption of smooth running of the country. That’s the only language these chaps understand.”

Colonel Tevatia said the recent goings on had adversely impacted the morale of the serving officers, who were worried about their loved ones in case they died protecting the country.

“Unfortunately, we cannot cry in public. But surely when we go to bed at night, when lights are off we are forced to reflect as to what we have gotten ourselves into. This is how naxals are made. If somebody turns naxal today, I’m not going to blame the individual, but I will blame the bureaucracy and the politicians. There’s already a massive shortfall of officers. That’s perhaps why people are less inclined to wear the uniform for this country.”

Rifat Jawaid is the founder and editor-in-chief of jantakareporter.com




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  2. Great write up!. Excellently brought out the distinctly mule headed nature of the FM and the babus, who are the sole causes of this situation today. Why can’t they grasp, that you CANNOT compare a govt servant, who does NOT commit ANYTHING, with those who in full presence of mind, agree to stand in front of the enemy, knowing fully well that their lives and/or limbs will be lost. Ask ANY babu (Bureaucrats Always Bugger Up) to consciously give up ANYTHING for the good of ANYONE else other than their own selfish selves, and see the result!

  3. During budjet speech ie 28Feb 15 the FM said the reqired fund could be allocated from the defence budjet by the DM. Then why rejection by FM on the 15th Mar??

  4. Thanks jantaka reporter.com for publication. Good work done. U r actual media for us. Varna jab hamare friends sahid hone k bad photO lena vale media to bahut hain. Majak urane k liye.

  5. Dear BJP , Its time for action.
    Never had will to pay the soldier OROP, BJP have mind set that congress not paid 15 years so we will also pass at least 10 years.
    People have given one chance, show action this time 288, next time will be reduced to again 2.
    Mind it.

    • Dear Mr Patel, who say nothing is by previous government , you must remember in 7/2009 and in 9/2012 they have tried to narrow the gap to OROP for rank up to Have and at par with JCO,s. But this Government is misguiding the public as well as soldiers. They shout much and do nothing. Remember Modi ji comes from Gujarat and you know how much Gujrati respect soldiers That is the reason hardly you find soldiers from Gujarat state.

  6. Rifat Jawedji, Salaam.

    I am not here to criticize or praise your good efforts to bring the matter of OROP to the common eyes. I was a soldier (JCO) in IAF and left it in 1998 and I would like to bring some disheartening facts to your knowledge which you may accept as a plea from a Jawaan or reject as useless.

    1. The improvement in basic pension of the Other Ranks (OR) and Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) after the last agitation was around 100/ Rupees. A Havildar who served for 20 years got a hike of only 40 rupees.
    2. The basic pay of an x group corporal was Rs. 350 after 3rd CPC and Rs. 1350/ after 4th CPC which came down to Rs. 4200/ in 5th CPC and again down to PB-1 i.e. Rs. 5200/ + 2200/ grade Pay in 6th CPC, whereas, the Central Government employees, who received Rs 350/ after 3rd CPC and Rs. 1350/ in 4th CPC (Income tax inspectors and Police SI etc.) were placed in PB-2 of Rs. 9300/ and Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/
    3. The basic pay of an x Group Sergeants was Rs. 420/ after 3rd CPC, Rs. 1640/ after 4th CPC which came down to Rs. 5000/ in 5th CPC and, further down to Rs. 5200/ + 2800/ grade Pay in 6th CPC, whereas, the Central Government employees, who received between Rs 350/ and Rs. 420/ after 3rd CPC and between Rs. 1350/ and 1640 in 4th CPC were promoted to the scales between Rs. 4500/ and Rs. 5500/ in 5th CPC and raised to PB 2 (9300) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4200.
    Same are the conditions for JCOs all of whom remained in PB-2 whereas the Asst Commissioners were promoted to PB-3.

    Modi government id right about the meager increase in the Pension of ORs and JCOs since they are paid very less during their service. As earlier, this agitation is originated by Officers who will get the BIG benefits as earlier.

    I request you to INVESTIGATE it and do some basic research in this matter which render justice to JAWANS.
    Thanks and regards.

    • Very well written. I am impressed by the way you pen it down. That brings me to ask you this: Were you really a JCO with IAF? If so, then what did you do since? Sorry, it’s just that I am intrigued.

    • Rafat Javaid , sir if you are really worried about soldiers than look into it do some thing. You may remind the govt the 1973 case when OR,s pension WS reduced from 75% to 50%.thanks in anticipation.

  7. In my opinion the main delay is due to parity between men and officers, Hence the govt is taking a long route to give the justice. While going through this news have seen that Colonel Teotia was only referring to officers…. Colonel hope you know that there is saying “United we stand, divided we fall”. Start fighting with any Babu’s or Govt for the sake of Men you would certainly get your piece of share. Have gone through many news items and blogs you guys (Officers of Indian Armed Forces) are concerned for your self rather than for the men. You guys are never effected while in uniform or in your retired life… Even you are aware of it… Jai Hind

    • Well said, early retirement and reduction of pension is only for the jawans not for officers and these are the main two points for which OROP is being demanded .They should have. Approach for restoring the pension for jawans along with OROP

      • Rastogi ji let me correct you that officers also retire early ,I retired at the of fifty in 1996 as a Wing Commander ,others also retire early based on their branch and last rank .

  8. Who did you trust, brothers? The man who shamelessly betrayed the man who saved his neck in 2002? If not for Adwani, he would have been thrown out by PM Vajpayee. Modi betrayed Adwani. He is wrapped round himself and cares two hoots for any one else. Do you not see it in his chest thumping speeches which blind nincompoops swallow as the gospel truth?

  9. I am ex.Army,joined BSF after 1965 war.Served nation till age of retirement,but what we got, humilation after sixth pay commission recommendation and now exclution in OROP.No one to take up our case,whether Army or Govenment.History shows that when country including Army sleeps we guarding borders work .We keep national pride upright .Is any one thinking of these unsung heros.Dr.Bhatnagar,I.G.,B.S.F(Retd)