New Delhi, Sept 24: It looks like recent announcement of One Rank One Pension for Armed force has opened a Pandora box. Reportedly, the paramilitary forces are seeking a similar deal and are planning to protest against the government.
The Government had this apprehension in their mind right before the announcement of the pension scheme for the Armed forces. That was the reason Modi Government consciously delayed the announcement of the implementation of OROP.
According to TOI report, paramilitary veterans will launch an indefinite dharna at Jantar Mantar from November 2. Apparently, these veterans believe that putting pressure will force government to meet their demand.
"Even a mother would not breastfeed her baby till it cries", P S Nair who is the national secretary of All-India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association (AICPMFEWA) said.
Veterans say that their demand is quite justified as it is the first line of defence in every security operation.
"It is a known fact that paramilitary forces are the first line of defence in every security operation, whether it is on the border or internal security. Paramilitary forces are in the war field 24x365 days, while the defence forces enjoying 'peace time' comfortably in their well secured barracks.
The government is pouring all facilities to them and totally neglecting paramilitary men. We need equal status and equal facilities," AICPMFEWA was quoted by the newspaper.
At a time when economy is facing tough time and OROP (armed forces) will put extra burden on the exchequer, it will be really tough for the government to oblige paramilitary veterans.
According to an estimation recent announcement of OROP will cost exchequer around 8, 300 crore annually.