After a stint of relentless struggle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has partially given into the demands of protesting ex-soldiers. The PM said he will ensure that OROP will also be applicable to soldiers who have retired prematurely.
Though the protesting ex-servicemen have welcomed the new development and agreed to give up their hunger strike, they will continue to protest till the government doesn’t fulfil their demands.
Modi sounded out the government’s decision after inaugurating the Delhi-Faridabad corridor. Jawans are being misled regarding the new found commission formed in order to look into OROP; this commission would essentially look into the shortcomings of the same, said Modi, as reported in the Indian Express.
“Jawans have to retire after 15-17 years of service. A few people think they will not get OROP they are misleading you by calling it VRS (voluntary retirement scheme)…If anybody gets OROP, jawans will be the first…Those injured, those who had to compulsorily leave, they will get OROP. Can a Prime Minister who loves the armed forces even think of depriving such people of OROP benefits,” he said, as quoted in the leading daily.
Further taking a dig at the Congress, Modi said the party doesn’t have the right to question his government owing to their lackadaisical administration. “Those who did nothing for 40-42 years, do they have any right to misled the country…your sin was that you did nothing for 40-42 years yet you want to hold us accountable,” he added.
It has become a fashion to lampoon the government at the centre and Congress has taken to a similar stance, he said. He further conceded that implementation of OROP wasn’t an easy task and it might have further implications.
The Modi government hasnt scored too well on farmers issues, jobs and prices of essential commodities at the end of its four years in power, according to an online survey that also found a substantial number of people calling its performance “below expectations”.
The survey done by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, says that 43 per cent of those who participated in the poll rated the government as performing below expectations, 29 per cent rated it as meeting them and 28 per cent said the government was “exceeding expectations.
“Most performance parameters (of the government) show a decline over time as the gap between expectations set and impact on daily life rises,” according to the survey done with over 62,000 citizens from over 250 districts across the country. Thirty-five per cent respondents were females.
According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
The respondents have rated the government low on reducing crime against women and children, generating employment, improving farmers life, lowering cost of living and healthcare, the survey says.
However, it has scored well on improving India’s image globally, handling of Pakistan, fighting terrorism, infrastructure development and reducing tax harassment.
“Around 60 per cent citizens said price of essential commodities and cost of living have not reduced. Only 33 per cent believe that the price of essential commodities have come down in the last four years.”
According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.
In the area of healthcare, only 32 per cent respondents believe that facilities and services have improved in the last four years whereas 62 per cent say no it has not.
On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn’t reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise.
Around 46 per cent respondents believe that doing business in India was now easier while 39 per cent say it is not the case.
The respondents were asked if sufficient new infrastructure development — roads, power, irrigation, broadband — had taken place in the last four years.
“Approximately 65 per cent said yes while 29 per cent said no.”
Around 49 per cent respondents believe that corruption in India has reduced in the last four years while 44 per cent believe it has not reduced.
Asked if they felt India’s image had improved, 82 per cent said yes while 13 per cent said no.