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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: As elections in Bihar are around the corner, the Modi government has just one week to negotiate and clinch a deal with the military veterans about OROP. Once the code of conduct sets in, it would be difficult for the government to make any announcements about OROP.

oropEven though the differences between the veterans and the government have narrowed down to a large extent, the bone of contention regarding the veteran’s demand for an annual revision of the increment still remains. The government has called the annual revision as impractical and instead, has offered a revision of increment every five years, according to a report in Times of India.

The seventh pay commission which is scheduled to submit its report next month, may further create complications. The government has suggested that the OROP should be evaluated by the commission, but the United Front of Ex-Servicemen, who are protesting at Jantar Mantar have rejected the proposal.

Meanwhile, a group of personnel below officer rank (PBOR) called “Voice of Ex-Servicemen” has distanced itself from the United Front, as the latter’s demand largely benefits only the officers. The Voice of Ex-Servicemen has submitted a memorandum to the government asking it to restore pre-1973 dispension. It has also demanded a pension of 75% of last salary drawn for the PBOR.

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)