India’s army veterans forcibly stopped from protesting for OROP at Jantar Mantar


Delhi police on Friday forcibly evicted the ex-servicemen from protesting against the delay in implementing One Rank One Pension at Jantar Mantar.

Police said that the army veterans were being removed  “as part of normal security drive on 14 and 15 August every year” adding that 25 ex-servicemen were being allowed to stay.

Delhi Police’s DCP Vijay Singh said, “The drive is conducted by New Delhi Municipal Corporation. All temporary structures will be removed ahead of Independence Day.”

This forced eviction of India’s ex-servicemen comes a day after India’s four ex-service chiefs wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee asking him to intervene warning that the delay in rolling out of ‘one rank one pension scheme’ would be a danger to political military ethos of the country.

The letter written by  General SF Rodrigues (Retd), Admiral L Ramdas (Retd), Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) and Admiral Sureesh Mehta (Retd) said, “It is with a sense of deep anguish that we are writing to draw the attention of the Supreme Commander to the dismal spectacle of our veteran soldiers, driven to undertake public protests and demonstrations to press their demand for the – long overdue grant of OROP.”

These former chiefs warned that delay was bound to adversely impact the morale of serving officers.

Major Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, had told that the ex-servicemen blamed Prime Minister Modi for betraying the trust of Indian soldiers.

Implementing OROP was BJP’s important election promise during the Lok Sabha elections and the soldiers are angry with ‘PM Modi’s U-turn’ on his ‘yet another poll promise.’