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United and undefeated: OROP protest at Jantar Mantar

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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

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Though the government has persistently ignored the clamoring crowd protesting at Jantar Mantar, the grey haired ex-servicemen of our country haven’t forsaken their hope for one rank one pension (OROP).

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Toeing the steps of a rebel, they vehemently demanded their share. The streets of Jantar Mantar reverberated with relentless cries of Vande Mataram, with their feet moving forth in unison towards India Gate today against the crimson colored sky of dusk.

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In an attempt at cracking down upon the inaction of the central government, our nation’s ex-army men exemplified their solidarity through a candle march at Jantar Mantar, demanding the much awaited one rank one pension (OROP).

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With Pension for Acid Attack Survivors, ‘Chhapaak’ Serves ‘Purpose’: Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar

"Chhapaak", starring Deepika Padukone is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor. The film was released on January 10

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Meghna Gulzar's Film "Chhapaak" addressing the issue was released on January 10. (IANS)

Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar is over-the-moon with her latest directorial “Chhapaak” as she says the movie has succeeded to serve its “purpose” after Uttarakhand announced pension for acid attack survivors in the state following the release.

On Sunday, she took to Twitter, where she shared a news headline, which read: “Uttarakhand announces pension for acid attack survivors in state after release of ‘Chhapaak'”.

Meghna wrote: “PURPOSE.”

The newindianexpress.com on Saturday had reported that “as of now, there are 10-11 acid attack survivors living in the state of Uttarkhand”.

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Actress Deepika Padukone has multiple reasons to celebrate. She turned a year older on Sunday and is starting the new year with the release of her special film “Chhapaak” that launched her as a producer. Wikimedia Commons

Rekha Arya, the State Women and Child Welfare Minister, while announcing the scheme said that the government was planning to start a pension scheme under which Rs 5,000-6,000 will be provided every month to the survivors so that they can live a life with dignity.

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“We will be bringing the proposal in the cabinet to get it approved to further implement the scheme. The idea is to support the brave women in achieving their dreams,” Arya was quoted as saying.

“Chhapaak”, starring Deepika Padukone is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor. The film was released on January 10. (IANS)