Brig. K.G. Behl (Retd.)
Patron, Dehradun Ex-services League
As we know a team of ex-servicemen was carrying out a protest in support of full implementation of OROP at Jantar Mantar for a long time and has now been removed from that place forcefully by sending police on the plea that it is a residential area and the noise disturbs the peace of the place. Its not only the ex-servicemen who were protesting from there but many other organizations put up their tents to make their protests. In fact Jantar Mantar is known for making such protests and practically all parties use it for the purpose.
The protesting ex-servicemen could have been removed more gracefully without use of police force by listening to their demands which are very few. The main points is that the definition of One Rank One Pension be accepted as given by Koshiyari Committee report in Parliament. The definition of OROP gets twisted if the pension is not revised every year. As we know servicemen retire every year and to implement One Rank One Pension, the pension needs to be revised every year to bring parity as per the definition of OROP.
Our Hon’ble Prime Minister has recently announced that two parts of OROP have been implemented and third will be done soon. Keeping this in view it is hoped that the disputed points are going to be resolved soon. If so the person sitting on protest at Jantar Mantar could have been apprised of the situation so that they would have themselves left gracefully.
Ex-servicemen hope that the issue will be resolved soon amicably to the satisfaction of all.