OROP: What Veterans Want

the main points of what the ex-servicemen have agreed to and what they are asking for

Published: 05th September 2015 11:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2015 11:11 PM   |  A+A-

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servicemen's OROP agitation

By IANS

The following are the main points of what the ex-servicemen have agreed to and what they are asking for:

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* Including those with voluntary/premature retirement: The  government announced excluding those with voluntary retirement  under OROP. The veterans met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar  over the issue, and said they were satisfied with the assurance that  those with premature retirement will be included.

* Calling off indefinite fast: The veterans say they will end their  indefinite fast when the government gives a written confirmation on  including those with premature retirement under OROP.

* Agitation to continue: The agitation will continue till other issues are sorted out. This includes revision every five years, while the  veterans want it every two years.

* No one-member judicial committee: The veterans want a five-member committee which is directly under the defence minister.

* Members should include three retired veterans, one serving  member of the forces and one person designated by the government.

* Committee report time: While the government sought the one- member judicial committee report in six months, the veterans want  the report in one month.

* Calculating pension: The government's formula for calculating  pension is taking out an average of different pensions for the same rank, but those above average will be protected. The veterans want  average of top pensioner to be considered for formulating the  quantum of the pension.

(As conveyed at the Jantar Mantar protest site by Major General Satbir Singh (retd))

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