Indian Army veterans threaten to return medals over OROP delay

New Delhi(ANI): Miffed over delay in the implementation of ‘one rank one pension’ (OROP) scheme, protesting veterans on Friday announced they will return their service medals across the country from next week even as defence minister Manohar Parrikar said the notification will be issued before Diwali.

“The government has changed goalposts several times and we have lost faith in what they say,” Major General Satbir Singh (retd), of the Indian Ex- Servicemen Movement (IESM) said.

“As you are aware, it will be issued before Diwali,” Parrikar told reporters.

Both Parrikar and finance minister Arun Jaitley have been maintaining that OROP has been agreed in principle but there are difficulties in translating it into arithmetic implementation.

Group Captain VK Gandhi, the general secretary of IESM, said that ex-servicemen will return medals at district collectors’ offices across the country on November 9-10. Those abroad will return it at Indian embassies and consulate offices.

Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen, and over six lakh war widows stand to benefit if the scheme if implemented.