(EXCLUSIVE)Parrikar had told me he will return to Goa if he failed to keep his word on OROP, today is the time: Gen Satbir


The head of ex-servicemen protesting over the implementation of One Rank One Pension, Maj Gen Satbir Singh on Thursday lashed out at the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for describing the armed forces veterans’ movement as politically motivated.

Parrikar on Thursday had asked the army veterans to ‘prove if they are not political.’

Gen Singh told jantakareporter.com“I don’t want to use harsh words, but the honourable defence minister, this is not the truth… You know and agree that your proposal has not been accepted by the finance minister. Please don’t blame us. We are not here to prove to you any of our political or apolitical stand. Our only stand is that One Rank One Pension must be implemented in letter and spirit of the approved definition by the parliament. Don’t use harsh words against us erstwhile soldiers. It’s hurting and insulting.”

Gen Singh revealed that Parrikar had told them that he would return to Goa if he failed to keep his word on the OROP.

He said, “”Look into our eyes and tell us if this One Rank One Pension. You have not granted us any meeting despite our requests since 5 September. Mr defence minister, you even told us that you will go back to Goa if your right words are not upheld. Mr defence minister, today is the time. for you to take stand.”

On Thursday, Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, visit the protesting soldiers at Jantar Mantar to express his support. Gen Singh said that the movement had received support from a wide range of people belonging to various political parties including Rahul Gandhi, the BJP, the TMC, Samajwadi Party and Nitish Kumar.

“They are Indians. Why shouldn’t support the cause for the nation? Do you think these parties are social outcast? No. They part of Bharat and I love my Bharat. There are 1,67,000 soldiers in Delhi and Mr Kejriwal is the state’s chief minister. He said, ‘I fully support your cause and the notification is not correct. It must be withdrawn. All the seven shortcomings brought out must be removed and a fresh notification should be issued.”

Parrikar had recently said that the central government had fulfilled its promises on the OROP and the soldiers were free to continue with their protests. But, Gen Singh’s revelation on Parrikar may cause further embarrassment for the defence minister.


  1. With PMR excluded for OROP, it would be difficult for the commanding officers to keep the unit fighting fit with about 40% strength not motivated. Army chief should have pointed out this fact. Affected officers and jawans will just about avoid disciplinary action and do nothing to help CO to accomplish tasks. What are the military chiefs afraid of? They have reached highest rank and any pudding dolled out by govt post retirement will not go through their throat in the right conscience. What happened in 1973 is again going to repeat? It will create 2 classes of veterans and possibly rebels against govt. That is what happens when some one feels met with injustice.

  2. How i wish Our DM roared once again like he did a few months back by saying “Why Should my Soldiers die all the time”..Today We look up on him with the same spirit and Hope He again Roared.. ” Why Should My Veteran Soldiers be Denied their legitimate dues & made to Suffer all their Life..”..!

  3. It is crystal clear from Koshiyari committee report how babus opposed OROP on every possible pretext. The same babus now succeeded in diluting very definition of OROP. There was no media for 40 years, so no one other than handful of officers knew why and how OROP was withdrawn in 1973 or how babus managed to deny OROP to military and at the same time increased their pensions manifold. They could even buy some of the veteran leaders, what to talk of service chiefs, who are pawns in their hands. It is only surprising how they could manipulate RM to such an extent that he is openly abusing agitation leaders being politically motivated and himself saying that OROP was BJP promise and not the govt promise? How it will play out in 2019 is for the future but babus have not left any stone un-turned to pack Modi’s bags?

  4. Silent majority of veterans are with agitation members. Even
    all serving members are also with the agitation members. Only difference is
    serving military doesn’t have any association like IAS, IPS or any other
    civilian central service organization. Please don’t live in fool’s paradise
    that both serving and retired military fraternity is happy with notification as
    propagated by Gen Kadyan or veteran leaders like him who have their own axe to
    grind against Gen Satbir. Some of these veteran leaders supposed to toe the
    govt line were AAP candidates in last election and now blame Gen Satbir for
    political ambitions. Is contesting elections from the party of choice debarred
    for veterans? Are veterans BHED BAKRIAN that they will do whatever Gen Satbir
    says and don’t understand what their rights are or where their interest lies?
    What about the older veteran population who are not going to survive to see 2018
    revision of their pension? Chahe DHARTI sikud jaye ya AASMAN fat jaye, chahe
    JATLEE resign karde, veteran pensions should be revised every year. EVERY YEAR