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No more tweaking in OROP: Parrikar.

THE government on Monday firmly ruled out any more concession to the veterans on the pension parity saying that the " core issue" has been settled and there was no room left to meet all the demands.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar dismissed opposition to the notification rolling out One Rank One Pension ( OROP) scheme saying everyone had the right to demand in a democracy.

" This is democracy. Everyone has the right to demand. Maximum demands of the veterans have been fulfiled," Parrikar said at an event.

A section of the veterans, which has been agitating for over 185 days demanding OROP, has rejected government notification saying it was unacceptable in its current form.

They had announced returning of medals in protest against the rejection of their demands.

But Parrikar said that the notification was in line with the decision taken on September 5 on the implementation of OROP. He said that the confusion over applicability of scheme for those seeking voluntary retirement of service has been clarified.

Voluntary retirement seekers will not get the benefit of OROP but it will be applicable prospectively.

The veterans had claimed that the government has offered One Rank Five Pension instead of One Rank One Pension. They had sought pension review after every two years but the government agreed to bridge the gap at five year interval.

While Parrikar stayed firm, Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha called on protesting veterans to call off their stir.

" The government has given directions on the issue and we should accept it. If there are any anomalies which are still persisting, those could be sorted out in due course of time," said Arup Raha who is also chairman of chiefs of staff committee that deals with tri- service issues.

Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Chandrasekhar, one of the mediators between the government and the veterans, also appealed ex- servicemen to end their stir.

He said that significant progress was made on OROP and contentious issues can be sorted out by engaging with the government.

" Some veterans and veteran organisations have expressed dissatisfaction about this notification. I request them not to do so," he said while accepting that some issrequest them not to do so," he said while accepting that some issues in OROP remain contentious.

Says no room left to meet all demands

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Date:Nov 10, 2015
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