Implement OROP in Urgent Time Frame:10 Ex-service Chiefs to PM

Former Service Chiefs wrote to Modi saying the OROP issue should be resolved within a time frame, any delay will lower the morale of the armed forces.

Published: 17th August 2015 05:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2015 05:36 PM   |  A+A-


Ex-servicemen, demanding OROP being evicted by the police from Jantar Mantar ahead of Independence Day on August 15 | ANI

NEW DELHI: Voicing "dismay" over inability of political leadership to implement 'One Rank One Pension' scheme, ten former Service Chiefs have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the issue should be resolved expeditiously within a time frame as any further delay will lower the morale of the armed forces.

They also sought immediate action against Delhi Police for its high handedness on August 14 against the veterans who were staging protest at Jantar Mantar to demand OROP implementation. The development came on a day when two of the agitating ex-servicemen launched fast-unto-death, stepping up the stir on the issue.

The letter, signed by former Army chiefs V N Sharma, Shankar Roy Choudhary, S Padmanabhan, N C Vij, J J Singh, Deepak Kapoor and Bikram Singh, regretted that Modi did not annouce implementation of OROP in his Republic Day address, dashing the hopes of ex-servicemen.

"We had earlier not approached the Honourable Prime Minister as we had full faith in the announcements made by our senior political leadership from time to time. We were also hopeful that the announcement of the implementation of the OROP would be made to the Nation on Independence Day. Regrettably this has not happened," said the letter.

Former Navy chief Admiral Madhvendera Singh and former Air Force chiefs N C Suri and S P Tyagi were also signatories to the letter.

"We have full faith in our political leadership but their inability to clinch the issue leaves us dismayed. We stand  steadfastly by the side of our colleagues and fully support their just cause," the letter said talking about the ongoing protest at Jantar Mantar by the ex-servicemen community.

The letter said that their silence so far was to observe propriety.  

"As much as the ORP, the respect and dignity of the soldier is at stake here and let it be known that we have extreme concern for the veterans' long pending demands.

"We would strongly urge the Government to settle this issue expeditiously and in an urgent time frame. Any further delays in our considered view will be at the cost of damaging the pride of veterans and lowering the morale of armed forces. The nation can ill afford such an imbroglio," the letter said.

The former Service chiefs said there is only one definition of OROP accepted by Parliament and also by the Defence Minister in the presence of the veterans.

"This is 'uniform pension to be paid to the Armed Forces retiring in the same rank with same length of service

irrespective of their date of retirement'. Simultaneously,  'Annual Review System' would be required to be put in place for equalization of pension of the past and current retirees," it said. PTI

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp