After Defence Personnel, Railwaymen Demand OROP

Published: 15th August 2015 05:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th August 2015 06:00 PM   |  A+A-

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Railwaymen restoring the track between Bisra and Bhalulata stations on Wednesday.

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Now, Railway employees too have raised the demand for One Rank One Pension, saying that they should not be ignored, as like the defence personnel they also have dedicated their services to the nation.

The issue of OROP for railway employees was discussed in the Seventh Pay Commission and we will raise the issue again, Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary of All-India Railwaymen's Fedration told PTI.

Currently there are 13.26 lakh employees working in the Railways.

"Railwaymen are performing dedicated service for the nation. Railway is the lifeline of the country. Employees are working round the clock across the country," Mishra said.

He, however, said servicemen in defence forces should get OROP but the same principle should also be applicable to Railways.

"Our brothers in defence should get it as soon as possible. But at the same time we should also not be ignored," AIRF leader said.

Expressing disappointment over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Red Fort speech, Mishra said "PM should have offered something concrete on the OROP issue. Though there were expectations for an announcement on the issue, nothing happened."

PM, in his Independence day speech, said in-principle the government has accepted the demand for OROP but it is a long pending issues, and discussions are underway and in the last stages.

Taking on lawmakers, he said, "MPs are increasing their salaries whenever they want to increase. They even get full pension irrespective of their term or attendance."

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