OROP protests: Veterans start returning medals, Parrikar says they are misguided
The defence minister called the OROP notification his 'single biggest achievement of the year'.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday that the behaviour of the army veterans who are returning their medals in protest against the government's notification on the One Rank One Pension scheme is "unlike that of a soldier". Parrikar added that the protesting ex-servicemen are been misguided about the scheme.
His comments came after the veterans started to return their medals, as promised on Monday, saying that all their demands had not been fully met. Parrikar requested the ex-servicemen to present their case to the judicial commission that will be set up to review the notification.
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 by the protesters as inadequate. The protests have been going on for over four months now at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar.