WE WANT REASONABLE PENSION NOT NECESSARILY O.R.O.P.
The main demands of the lower ranks of the PBOR are a reasonable pension that need not be One Rank One Pension. Reasonable pension means, a pension amount sufficient to live a peaceful life after sacrificing the youthful part of their life in the defence service.
It is not necessary that it should be OROP. It can be IP (Improvement in Pension) or CP (Compensating Pension) or in any name that can give them reasonable pension.
The basic principle is that the ex-servicemen demand is to compensate the truncated service and honour them with full pension that is given to other ordinary civil servants. In other words, the minimum pension should not be less than 50% of last pay drawn equated with the latest pay commission scales by giving them full weightage in service.
Let the Government reject the OROP. But accept our demand for a reasonable pension for a rigorous truncated service or give a suitable re-employment for completing 33 years service.
It is the military discipline that prevents these 17 lakh men not to go in for any sort of agitation for their pension hike. But it does not mean that they will remain disciplined for ever.
It is high time that the Government should take up the grievances of the lower ranks (PBOR) without delay and settle with a reasonable pension for Sepoys, Naiks and Havildars and equivalent ranks in the other services.
It may please be understood by the authorities that the ex-servicemen (PBORs)don’t need liquor. Instead they need rice and atta through canteen and better pension. If they understand the motive behind the issue of liquor to the ex-servicemen and widows, the situation will become worse.