Veter­ans at­tempt to burn medals in Delhi

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NEW DELHI: High drama en­sued on Wed­nes­day at Jan­tar Man­tar in New Delhi, where two veter­ans tried to burn their medals in protest against the one-rank one-pen­sion (OROP) scheme an­nounced by the gov­ern­ment. Amid slogans against the gov­ern­ment, the two veter­ans, who had also sat on a hunger strike, tried to burn their medals but were stopped by other ex-ser­vice­men.

Later, around 50 of them took out a march from Jan­tar Man­tar to Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van, say­ing a “di­luted” OROP scheme was not ac­cept­able. Delhi po­lice, how­ever, stopped the march be­fore it could reach Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van.

“The OROP scheme was cleared by Par­lia­ment. Then why were the changes made in the scheme? Why did they put con­di­tions?” said Group Cap­tain VK Gandhi (Retd), gen­eral sec­re­tary of the In­dian Ex-Ser­vice­men Move­ment. Gandhi said the veter­ans de­manded re­con­sid­er­a­tion of the changes made by the gov­ern­ment in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the OROP scheme.

The devel­op­ments come a day af­ter some ex-ser­vice­men re­turned their medals in Delhi, Haryana and Pun­jab.

De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar had said he was pained to see the medals be­ing re­turned. “Medals are given by the coun­try for the ser­vice and gal­lantry acts that the sol­diers have ren­dered. A sec­tion in­sist­ing on re­turn­ing the medals be­cause one is not happy with cer­tain clauses of OROP, for which the gov­ern­ment is pay­ing over Rs8,000 crore, is de­mean­ing the medal it­self,” Par­rikar had said.

RE­LATED RE­PORT, P7

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