New Delhi: In an interesting turn of the event, the daughter of Union minister and former Army Chief Gen V K Singh’s daughter on Sunday joined the ongoing agitation of ex-servicemen seeking immediate implementation of the long-pending ‘One Rank One Pension (OROP)’ scheme.
Describing the demands of the ex-servicemen as “just”, Mrinalini, who is wife of a serving Army officer, joined the protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi this morning. “This is a just cause and the matter has been pending for many years. I have come here as the daughter of an ex-serviceman to give support to the veterans who have served the country but are now protesting for their rights for over two months,” she said.
Asked if her father, Minister of State for External Affairs Singh, approves her joining the protest since he is serving in the Narendra Modi government, she said, “I have not sought his permission and neither do I need his permission. I have come straight from Hisar because I feel for the cause. A few years down the line, I will also become the wife of an ex-serviceman.”
She added that she has full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has promised the OROP. Representatives of ex-servicemen have been protesting for the implementation of ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme for the last over two months and are likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week to press for early implementation of their demand.