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OROP: Pensions now for voluntarily-retired soldiers

By NewsGram Staff Writer

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.

orop (1)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.

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