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With their agitation at Jantar Mantar seeking
early implementation of OROP entering the 83rd day on Saturday, retired
personnel of the armed forces made it clear that they would not compromise on
the basic concept of their demand that no senior should get lesser pension than
a junior at any time.
The veterans also said that OROP would be
applicable to those who have sought voluntary retirement and are getting
pension, as well as those getting disability pension.
Amid reports that government would announce
the OROP formula before the model code of conduct sets in ahead of Bihar polls,
Satbir Singh, spokesman of the protesting veterans Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh,
said the condition of revision every five years cannot meet their basic
"Today we have got indication that
government is inclined to implement the OROP. We are meeting the defence
minister... We have discussed what government wants to give. We are going to
the defence minister with an open mind. We will take further decision after
meeting him," he said.
Singh, who is chairman of Indian Ex-servicemen
Movement, said one thing was very important that all those veterans who sought
voluntary retirement and are getting pension, will get OROP and those getting
disability pension will also get it.
On reports that government was considering leaving them out of OROP, he said,
"This is not acceptable. We reject it. OROP will also be applicable on
those getting disability pension. These issues are non-negotiable." He said, "If government agrees on our concept, we are open. If concept is
met, we can think and discuss. If concept is not met, then we will reject
"Our main proposal is that a senior should
not get pension less than a junior. We will wait for full plan of government
and then come with a calibrated response," he said.
Asked if they were ready for a revision every
five years, as sought to be proposed, Singh said, "Whether it is 5 years,
one year or two years. If our concept is not met, then we will reject it and
will fight for it."
He said whenever allowance or slab is increased
it has to be passed on to the pensioners, including previous pensioners and
there cannot be a situation where a junior gets more pension than a senior.
"If senior's pension is less than a junior, government will have to think.
This condition cannot be met if revision is done after five years. For us, it
has to be done every year. If government gives any other time frame when junior
gets less pension than senior, we are ready to discuss it," he said.
The Modi government is set to announce a
"one rank, one pension" package for ex-armed forces personnel that
will kick in from July 2014 and use 2013 as the base year for calculations.
Though military veterans are insisting the pensions be revised at least once every
two years, the government is determined to stick to its position on a five-year
reset clause. The decision to opt for a five-year timeframe - as against 10
years for civilians - factors complications resulting from a quicker
adjustment. The ex-servicemen had originally demanded an annual adjustment.
The benefit of OROP would be available to war
widows too but those who have opted for voluntary retirement would not be