Ex-servicemen may skip president’s function on Sep 22

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New Delhi: To display their disappointment over the shortcomings in ‘one rank one pension’ scheme, the ex-servicemen are likely to skip a function to be hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on September 22 to felicitate the 1965 war heroes.
Ex-servicemen may skip president’s function on Sep 22-1Wing Commander Vinod Nebb (retd.), who is protesting at Jantar Mantar with other veterans, told IANS that he has written a regret letter to the President for not attending the High Tea on Tuesday.

“I am with the protesting ex-servicemen at Jantar Mantar. I echo the voice and sentiments of thousands like me. I expect that the other ex-servicemen would also not join the celebration,” he said.

Nebb said the one rank one pension’s (OROP) offer, as approved by the central government, had so many riders that they changed the actual spirit of the scheme.

In the letter, Nebb said: “I would hope it will give you an opportunity to gauge the morale of ex-servicemen like us, as our supreme commander, and at the very least acknowledge the state of our pride and morale that has steadily been crippled by numerous government and its bureaucratic over the last 40 years.”

“Our prime minister very categorically made the promise of OROP and whilst he had made some change, it still isn’t OROP. And, even that change was not granted willingly, we had to fight for it.”

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