Veterans sign petition to PM in blood for OROP implementation

  The protesting ex-servicemen on Sunday in a letter signed in blood demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for early implementation of the 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) scheme.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 25, 2015, 23:53 PM IST

New Delhi:  The protesting ex-servicemen on Sunday in a letter signed in blood demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for early implementation of the 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) scheme.

On the 133rd day of their relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here, the veterans said that the announcement made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on September 5 regarding the implementation of OROP had "seven serious shortcomings".

If implemented without the removal of the shortcomings, it will kill the definition of OROP, the letter claimed.

The letter further accused Parrikar of "changing the goalpost" every now and then.

The protesting veterans asked the Prime Minister to issue notification to implement OROP scheme at the earliest.

Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement spokesperson Col (retd) Anil Kaul said the letter was signed in blood by around 200 general officers and others.