OROP: Ex-servicemen to return medals today to protest against government’s notification

New Delhi: Defence veterans will on Tuesday return their medals to protest against government’s notification on implementation of the OROP scheme.


Ex-servicemen during the agitation for One Rank One Pension (OROP) at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi PTI

Ex-servicemen hit back at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his comments that not all demands could be fulfilled saying they only have “one demand” of One- Rank-One-Pension (OROP) and that they will intensify the agitation by returning their medals.

One rank one pension: Ex-servicemen to start returning their medals today.

“In protest against the government notification, we will start returning our medals from Tuesday. And November 10-11, ex-servicemen across the country will start returning their medals. They have already informed the District Magistrates about this,” Group Captain V K Gandhi (retd), who is the general secretary of Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM), said.

Gandhi said the medals will be returned outside Terminal 1 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). He said the move to select crowded places was to educate the common man about the impending issue.

The protesting ex-servicemen also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

They said Kejriwal had asked them to brief him about the government notification on OROP.

Parrikar on Monday said that everyone has a right to make a demand in democracy but not all demands can be fulfilled.

The government had on Saturday formally notified the OROP scheme for the over 24 lakh ex-servicemen and six lakh war widows in the country, which was rejected by the protesting ex-servicemen.