New Delhi, October 29: On the eve of festival of lights, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme in a meaningful way.
He asked PM to ensure that soldiers get their dues whether it is regarding compensation, disability pension, or parity with civil employees.
He wrote to PM that the nation owes OROP to the India’s Armed Forces and soldiers should not struggle to claim what is due to them.
In his letter Rahul Gandhi also asserted that the past decisions by the government in last few weeks have adversely affect the morale of the armed forces. By implementing OROP government should show the soldiers that they are cared for.
“Just days after our soldiers conducted the surgical strikes, the disability pension system was converted to a new slab system, that in many instances drastically reduces the pension received by these brave men in case of a disability. The roll out of the 7th Pay Commission continues to keep our defence forces at a disadvantage and further exacerbates the disparity between them and civil employees,” the letter read.
Rahul further accused government for downgrading the status of military officers vis a vis their civilian counterparts in a letter dated 18th October 2016.
He highlighted that the OROP in its current form, does not meet the genuine demands of the ex-servicemen. If it did, army men would not have come out on the streets to voice their demands.
“As a responsible democracy we must make sure that the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for each one of us, feel the love, support and gratitude of 125 crore people.”
He stressed upon the anomalies in the 7th Pay Commission and said it must be addressed at the earliest.
“As we celebrate Diwali, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness, let us send this message to our soldiers that our gratitude is expressed both in words and in deed. This is the very least we owe to those who give up their today to secure our tomorrow,” the letter concluded.