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OROP talks in stalemate; ex-servicemen boycott 1965 war anniversary celebrations

Amid the ongoing deadlock over the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme and government's failure to give a specific date for its implementation, veterans on Friday boycotted the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war against Pakistan.


OROP talks in stalemate; ex-servicemen boycott 1965 war anniversary celebrations

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing deadlock over the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme and government's failure to give a specific date for its implementation, veterans on Friday boycotted the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war against Pakistan.

New Delhi is hosting first of the many functions to mark the golden jubilee.

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The deadlock in talks over OROP continued on Thursday with the group of ex-servicemen negotiating with the Centre a new pension package walking out of a meeting.

Also Read: PM Modi should implement OROP for `real tribute` to 1965 war heroes, says Congress

There were hopes that the stalemate could be resolved at yesterday's meeting and the announcement on OROP made today on the 50th anniversary of the Indo-Pak 1965 war.

As per reports, ex-servicemen have refused to accept the government's proposal to review pension for veterans after every five years.

While the government and the veterans have reached a broad understanding on several issues, still many sticky points remain that are holding up the announcement of OROP.

The government is said to be firm in sticking to its stand with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar saying yesterday that the Prime Minister will announce the implementation of the scheme "as and when time comes".

Also Read: OROP row - No headway yet; two more veterans moved to hospital

The government has already accepted the OROP in principle.

Veterans have been holding a relay hunger strike at Delhi's Jantar Mantar since August 15 when PM Narendra Modi did not announce the OROP in his Independence Day speech as widely expected.

While more and more veterans have been joining the hunger strike, four of them have been hospitalised after their health deteriorated.

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