Veteran soldiers to boycott Republic day parade over OROP


New Delhi: The NDA government faced the wrath of the veteran soldiers who threatened to boycott the Republic day parade and every other government functions, over government’s delay in implementing ‘One rank one pension’ scheme.

General Secretary of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, the country’s largest ex servicemen body, Group Captain VK Gandhi said, “We are requesting our members to boycott all government functions in view of the anti-ex-servicemen attitude of theirs. In addition, we are also asking our gallantry award winners to boycott the Republic day celebration of January 2016.”

When asked if this would mean there would be no march by the ex-servicemen contingent down the Rajpath, he said it was very much possible. In addition, the IESM with close to 30,000 members across the country has called for a ‘Maha Rally’ on June 14 in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to firm up its course of action.

One Rank One Pension, simply put is similar pension to all who held the same rank and put in equal number of years of service, irrespective of when one retired. Implementing OROP will ensure that an army Major (example) retired in 1985 will get the same pension as one retiring in 2015, provided they have put in equal number of years in service