Army veterans plan to meet PM Modi on OROP


Army veterans protesting at Jantar Mantar for last 66 days, may meet Prime Minister over their demands on One Rank One Pension.

Maj Gen (Retired) Satbir Singh, who’s the chairman of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement told PTI  that this meeting could well happen as early as next week.

He said, ” The dates have not been fixed yet. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will meet Mr Modi on August 23 or August 24 and then we will be informed about our meeting with the Prime Minister.”

The army chief has reportedly already spoken to Maj Gen Satbir Singh and Lt Gen (Retd) Balbir Singh, President of IESM on the issue of OROP.

Meanwhile the veterans’ protests entered 66th day at Jantar Mantar. Addressing the crowd, Maj Gen Satbir Singh said that the protests will continue unttil their demands were met.

Three ex-servicemen have already gone on hunger strike demanding government to immediately implement the OROP.

On Tuesday, the PMO had reportedly intervened to pacify the enraged army veterans and authorised PM’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra to hold talks with the soldiers. However, in a statement issued on Wednesday, the veterans made it categorically clear that if government was serious about the interests of ex-servicemen, then it should have implemented at least two promises from its election manifesto- martyrs’ memorial and establishment of veterans’ commission chaired by an ex-serviceman.

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