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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Thoda hai thode ki zarurat hai.

A day after the government announced that it shall implement the OROP scheme for the military, ex-servicemen said on Sunday they will continue their protest but end the fast-unto-death.

4_OROP_Protest_Jan_2511711gAddressing a press conference here, Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, leader of the association leading the agitation, said the protest will continue till four specific points raised by the ex-servicemen are not accepted by the government.

The agitation will continue. We will intensify it further,” he told the media near the Jantar Mantar here, adding that not much money was required to fulfill their remaining demands.

“Only Rs.30 crore would be needed,” he said.

He also said that rallies of ex-servicemen would be organised across the country on September 12.

 

(with inputs from IANS)

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OROP estimates annual expenditure at Rs 7500 crore, arrears at Rs 10,900 crore

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New Delhi: The defence ministry on Wednesday estimated the annual expenditure of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme to be around Rs 7,500 crore.

The arrears from July 1, 2014- the date of implementation as announced by the government- until December 31, 2015, will be approximately Rs.10,900 crore, the ministry said in a statement.

This is set to push the defence budget for pensions, which is estimated to go up from Rs.54,000 crore as per Budget estimates of 2015-16 to around Rs.65,000 crore, the proposed Budget estimate for 2016-17.

This is an increase of about 20 percent of the defence pension outlay.

The statement said 86 percent of the total expenditure on account of OROP will benefit Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and other ranks.

“The government of India had taken the historic decision to implement OROP in November 2015. This fulfilled the long standing demand of the defence forces personnel after 42 years benefited over 18 lakh ex-servicemen and war widows,” the statement said.

Payment of arrears and revision of pension under OROP is to be made by the Pension Disbursing Authorities in four installments, except for family pensioners and pensioners in receipt of gallantry awards who will be paid arrears in one installment.

Asked about the development, Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement spokesperson Col Anil Kaul (retd) said it “seemed ok”, but they would be studying it and come out with a detailed reaction later.

“We are still studying it. It seems ok… so far it seems to be almost there, except that they are paying out from July (2014), not April,” Col Kaul told reporters. (IANS) (picture courtesy: huffingtonpost.in)

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2000 ex-servicemen get job offers at Bengaluru Job Fair

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Bengaluru: About 2,000 ex-servicemen from the army, navy and air force were offered employment in the corporate sector at a job fair here on Sunday.

Air Officer Commanding Chief Air Marshal SRK Nair also expressed gratitude to the corporate sectors for offering this opportunity to ex-servicemen

We are grateful to the corporate sector for employing our well-trained and disciplined ex-servicemen in its private firms,

Organised by the Delhi-based Directorate General Resettlement, the fair was held at the Jalahalli air force station.

Around 55 private firms from five southern states and Maharashtra participated in the fair and offered jobs to our defence personnel,

Jobs were offered in diverse areas such as management, human resource, healthcare, aviation, finance, telecom and safety-cum-security.

(Inputs from IANS)

(Picture Courtesy: sainiksamachar.nic.in)

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Modi tries to reach out on OROP, says he knows what army men feel

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Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached out to the armed forces over the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) issue, and said he knows how officers feel when they are not promoted.

The OROP scheme approved by the government has not gone well with the veterans, with the agitation at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar protest site continuing for the 185th day on Tuesday.

Modi said the government will start programmes for skill training of retired officers.

“I know how an officer, in the prime of his youth, feels when he does not make the next grade, not because he was not outstanding or was less deserving, but because the room above was small,” Modi said at the Combined Commanders’ Conference held on board INS Vikramaditya.

“So, to honour your service and uphold your welfare will always be our solemn duty… For this reason, we have moved with speed to implement the One Rank One Pension promise that had remained unfulfilled for decades,” Modi said.

“And, we will build the National War Memorial and Museum that you so richly deserve in the heart of our nation’s capital.”

OROP, a war memorial and a veterans’ commission are the three demands from the ex-servicemen groups.

“We will also improve skills and opportunities for our ex-servicemen, so that when they leave the service, they can still serve the nation with pride and dignity,” he added.

Modi also paid tributes to the security forces.

Their valour and sacrifices defeat terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, reduce the violence of Left-wing extremism and keep our northeast more peaceful,” he said.

The conference was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh and Indian Navy chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan along with top commanders of the three Services.(IANS)