The date of our rally on 22 August was decided mainly on the consideration that we wanted it while the Parliament was in session. That the MsP created a ruckus for their salary raise on the preceding days was a happenstance. It led to a good spin off, with support for OROP pouring in from various quarters. In the same vein I reproduce below a 23 Aug letter from Dr (Mrs) Mohini Giri, Chairperson War Widows Association addressed to me as Chairman IESM. Notably, in the last over 28 months that the IESM has been pursuing OROP through public platforms, this is the first communication from her.
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Copy of Letter From Mrs Mohini Giri, Chairperson War Widows Association
"With great anguish and pain we read and heard the news of the 5000 ex-servicemen return their gallantry medals to the President of India to express their disappointment and anger over the repeated hikes in the pay and allowances of the Member of Parliament while all their requests for a justified pay hike and other demands have fallen on deaf ears. At this juncture on behalf of the War Widows Association and my personal behalf I wish to convey our solidarity with you on this cause. May you all get strength to fight your battle and make the authorities see and deliver justice".
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