NEW DELHI: The retired army servicemen have decided to launch a protest against the government by giving back the medals they received from the Government for their service in war times.
The war veterans will start returning their awards from Tuesday,in protest over the failure of the government to implement the One rank One pension scheme as demanded.
The retired army majors who were on strike said that they are not accepting the provisions laid under the OROP notification by the Government. “we want the One rank One pension rule to be implemented as defined and there should not be any other provisions to complicate it “, VK Gandhi, the Secretary of the OROP Movement said.
“In protest against the Government, the ex-servicemen from around the country will start returning their awards from Tuesday. we have already informed the District Magistrate court about this and will go ahead, if the government does not make necessary modifications to the notification”, he added.
Earlier, the Central Government has formally released a Gazette notification with provisions for the implementation of the OROP scheme. The notification will be applicable to 25 lakh retired soldiers and six lakh war widows across the country.
The ex-servicemen have reportedly took the decision to return their awards following the comments of the defense minister Monohar Parrikar. “Anyone can lodge a protest in the democracy to fulfill their demands. However, not every demand of the people can be fulfilled. We have already made the best possible things to satisfy most of the demands from the ex-servicemen”, the Minister said.
The protesting soldiers also met the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and briefed him about the One rank One pension scheme and the flaws in the notification released by the Government. The retired soldiers said that they have received support from the Delhi CM in taking the issue to the top authorities.