Veterans reject Centre's OROP scheme, to return medals tomorrow
Defence minister Mohan Parrikar said that not all demands of the ex-servicemen can be met.
The One Rank One Pension agitation will intensify, promised ex-servicemen on Monday after the government's notification on the scheme failed to meet their demands. To protest against the notification, the veterans announced they will return their medals across the country from Tuesday, reported the Press Trust of India.
Earlier in the day, defence minister Manohar Parrikar had rejected the veterans' observations and stated that the "core demands" had been fulfilled. He said that all demands cannot be met in a democracy, but added that a judicial commission would be set up to look into the matter.
The government had formally notified the OROP scheme for over 24 lakh ex-servicemen and six lakh war widows in the country on Saturday. The notification, however, was rejected as inadequate. The protests have been going on for over four months now at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar.