New Delhi, Aug 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reiterated his government's commitment over One Rank One Pension (OROP) demand in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort, but came up with no official announcement yet.
This has irked the thousands of protesting ex-servicemen in New Delhi who said they were disheartened with PM Modi's speech.
"Aaj humare dil toot gaye hain (PM's speech has disheartened us today)," said Major (retd) Rajendra Singh at Jantar Mantar after PM Modi's speech.
"PM said we accepted OROP demand, but that happened 17 months back. This is very unfair," said Major General (retd) Satbir Singh.
The protesters have now decided to boycott all government programmes to build pressure over government.
"We will reject all official celebrations, be it for '65 war or for '71 war," added Major Gen (retd) Satbir Singh.
"The talks are on and are at the last stage and it is just a matter of time before the same is implemented," Modi assured the army personnel while delivering the Independence Day address today.
"Many Govternments have come and gone. OROP has come before all govts. They all made small promises. I also couldn't do it. I promise again discussions have come to final leg, we are finding a solution, I hope for a positive result. In principle we have accepted OROP," said PM Modi during his speech from Red Fort.
"I am saying in front of the 'Tiranga' today,have accepted the pending demand of OROP, talks are on and soon a decision will be reached. This government agrees in Principle with OROP we are moving forward with negotiations," added Modi.
Speculations were rife that PM Modi might make an official announcement over OROP amid growing distress among army veterans who are claiming it to be their right.