New Delhi: Stepping up pressure on government for implementing a One- Rank-One-Pension regime, ex-servicemen on Sunday staged protests across the country, They also staged a sit-in at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.
According to an umbrella group formed by the ex-servicemen, United Ex-Servicemen of India, the protest was held at around 55 centres across the country.
The centres included Jammu, Jullundur, Ambala, Thiruvanthapuram, Madurai, Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad,Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkatta, Bhopal, Bhuvaneshwar, Ahemdabad, Surat, Vadodara, Pune, Nashik, Chandipur, Nagpur, Bhopal, Meerut, Telangana, Chennai, Jaipur, Nagaur, Alwar and Kota along with others.
The veterans are also prepared to on a relay hunger strike starting Monday. The veterans signed a petition with blood to present to President Pranab Mukherjee, whom they are expected to meet later in the day.
With ‘one rank one pension’, retired personnel would be able to draw the same pension as officers and jawans of the same rank, who are retiring now.
OROP is expected to benefit 25 lakh ex-servicemen and widows of defence personnel.