Thousands of gallantry medals may be returned to the government soon, if veterans who have been protesting the delay in the implementation of the one rank one pension policy have their way.
Ex-servicemen, who have been on a relay hunger strike since June at Jantar Mantar, will be asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet them and take back 10,000 medals as a mark of protest. Though the government announced on September 5 that OROP would be implemented, the protesting veterans said there were seven major flaws in the plan.
Major General (retd.) Satbir Singh, who has been leading the agitation as an adviser to the United Front of Ex-Servicemen, said on Tuesday that they would be writing to the Prime Minister seeking appointment.
“Over the past year, 10,000 medals have been sent or given to us by ex-servicemen across India. We will be asking the Prime Minister for time so that we can return the medals to him. The apathy of the government has left us with no other choice,” said Maj. Gen. Singh.
He said that in the past disgruntled ex-soldiers had returned their medals to the President, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
“But, this time we want to give the medals to the Prime Minister, as it was he who promised during the election campaign that we would get OROP. Returning the medals will send a message to the entire country that assurances given have not been fulfilled,” said Maj. Gen. Singh.
The veterans said the government had not issued the notification to implement OROP, which it said would do so within a month of the announcement on September 5.
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij today said all the formalities for construction of war memorial at Ambala will soon be completed.
The war memorial would be a true tribute to the freedom fighters, he said.
Vij said the First War of Independence of India in 1857 had started from Ambala district. Its entire history would be projected with light and sound in the ‘War Memorial’, he said
He said the war memorial would display historical events of the freedom struggle from Ambala to Rangoon and information about all known and unknown freedom fighters of Haryana would also be inscribed.
Vij said as per an estimate about 3,500 people had lost their lives in 1857 struggle, out of which about 1100 have been identified. Not only this, at that time the British had completely destroyed 115 villages, he said.
Vij said that the war memorial would also project important historical incidents right from revolution of 1857 to Bahadurshah Jafar including events related to life of Jhansi ki Rani, Tantya Tope, Mangal Pandey and other freedom fighters.
The war memorial would have the facilities like auditorium, library, tower museum, food court, reception, covered parking and helipad, he said.
New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) Ex-servicemen, pressing for ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) for nearly four decades, today won a partial victory with the government announcing that it would implement it, but the veterans rejected the decision and decided to continue their agitation. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters here that OROP, that implies uniform […]
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