Defence Minister meets army veterans agitating for OROP


By NewsGram Staff Writer


New Delhi : Veterans agitating for OROP to become a reality met Union Minister of Defence, Manohar Parikkar on Saturday and are hoping that the Government will take a positive decision in the regard soon.

“We have some minor differences. A meeting with defence minister is underway. The picture will be clear soon,” Atul Dubey, a volunteer with the the ex-servicemen’s front, told media.

Earlier, Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retd), the advisor of the ex-servicemen’s front, told reporters that the OROP scheme should be applicable to all retired officers, following reports that it will not be for those who take voluntary retirement.

“We heard that those ex-servicemen who took VRS will not be given the OROP. This is totally unacceptable,” Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh said.

Saturday marks the 82nd day of the agitation.

The defence ministry has called a press conference at 2.30 p.m. However, the subject of the press conference has not been disclosed.

(With inputs from IANS)