Protesting OROP schemes, veterans attempt to burn medals
New Delhi: High drama
ensued on Wednesday at Jantar Mantar here where two veterans tried to burn
their medals in protest against the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme
announced by the government. Amid slogans against the government, the two
veterans, who had also sat on a hunger strike, tried to burn their medals
before the camera glare.
However, others stopped
them, with Maj Gen Satbir Singh, (Retd) asking them not to burn the medals.
While officially, the protesting veterans had denied that they will be burning
medals today, the media was tipped off in the morning itself. Later, the
veterans, numbering around 50, marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan in protest
but were stopped by the Delhi Police at Rail Bhavan.
The developments came a
day after some ex-servicemen returned their medals in Delhi, Haryana and
Punjab. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said he was pained to see the
medals being returned. “Medals are given by the country for the service and
gallantry acts that the soldiers have rendered. A section insisting on
returning the medals because one is not happy with certain clauses of OROP, for
which the government is paying over Rs 8,000 crore, is demeaning the medal
itself,” Parrikar had said.