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The Protestors sign in Blood demanding OROP
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Ex servicemen deposit their medals at a protest in New Delhi on Sunday.
Collect gallantry medals for returning them to government Around 1,000 retired defence personnel on Sunday staged a protest here demanding “equal pension for each rank” and collected their gallantry medals for returning them to the government. Ex-servicemen from all the three defence forces held the protest at Jantar Mantar. They would also submit a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, one of the organisers said. The main demand is that irrespective of the date on which a soldier retires, he or she should get the same pension. “It is a shame for the country that soldiers have to return their gallantry awards and meritorious medals and come to the streets for redressing their grievances,” they said. The Hindu: ESM hold protest, demand equal pension
IESM: Report of Protest Rally held at Jantar Mantar on 14 Mar 2010
Brig PK Nandagopal, MVC, (who attended the rally at Jantar Mantar New Delhi, on 14 Mar 10), commanded 6 Sikh LI during 1965 War and was awarded MVC in battle for Kalidhar Trig Point 3776
Dear Colleagues, The Jantar Mantar rally was attended by approximately 2000 ESM and families today. Participants had come from many parts of the country. All compliments to the members of the Governing Body who had done meticulous planning and preparations. Every aspect was thoroughly buttoned up and 35 members took their turn at the mike to give vent to their feelings. A memorandum signed in blood by 6,000 members and addressed to the President was handed over to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. 5,000 medals were also deposited by ESM. It had been decided to hand over the medals personally to the Supreme Commander. The Rashtrapati Bhawan had been informed accordingly. Unfortunately the Supreme Commander did not make it convenient to receive the medals in person. In accordance with the plan and as already decided the team did not hand over the medals to the staff and brought these back. A similar rally was also organized at Bangalore by Colonel Rajan, our indefatigable member. The memorandum in blood was signed by 150 ESM (at Bangalore).Best regards,Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSMChairman IESMDear Member of the Media, 1. The Supreme Commander of Armed Forces today did not come to receive medals at Rastrapati Bhawan being deposited by military pensioners to press their demand of One Rank One Pension (OROP). Medal Deposit Rally was organized for the Seventh time at Jantar-Mantar New Delhi today where, 2000 defence pensioners including widows had come from all States of the Country to deposit their medals and sign Memorandum to the President in Blood.2. The Chairman of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) Lt Gen Raj Kadyan had earlier requested the Supreme Commander to kindly make it convenient to receive the medals from military pensioners herself. All veterans in the Rally unanimously decided to bring back the medals if her Excellency the President did not receive the medals herself. With a heavy heart the Ex Servicemen did not handover the medals when they found the Supreme Commander did not come to receive their medals herself. They however deposited the memorandum signed in Blood by 6000 of Ex-Servicemen from all parts of Country with the staff of the President. 3. Ex-Servicemen hope that the Govt will seriously consider their demand and will grant OROP at the earliest. If Govt does not sanction their demand of OROP, all ESM have decided to intensify the Movement. They have resolved to continue the movement in a lawful and disciplined manner as here-to-fore. Jai HindWith Kind Regards, Yours Sincerely,Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SMHindustan Times reportEx-servicemen hold protest, demand equal pension