Friday, September 28, 2012

OROP: Connect with Congress

Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Subject: Feedback to Congress Party
This is what I sent to the Congress media, Ms Sonia Gandhi and Mr Rahul Gandhi.
Brigadier V Mahalingam
The Government has played a cruel joke on the Veterans community by correcting a 6th Pay Commission anomaly and calling it a One Rank One Pension (OROP). Individuals and businessmen speak falsehood and mislead people but I have been brought up in a family where everyone believed that what the Government says and does will be nothing but the truth and correct. The present Government has betrayed this family belief and faith.
OROP is a method of compensating a solder for his early retirement due to which a Jawan losses over sixty lakhs and an officer over a crore of Rupees. If soldiers were not retired early at a time when their salary and their commitments were at its peak and allowed to serve as long as his civilian counterparts, this would have been unnecessary. Since the children of a soldier are very young at the time of his retirement he spends all is post retirement financial benefits on the education and marriage of his children with very little left for him and his wife for the later years. OROP only ensures that a soldier gets his pension revised after every pay commission to the level of his brethren serving officers and thus lives an honorable life at his old age and at a time when he has practically no means to earn a livelihood.
It is sad the Government running under your stewardship doesn’t think it necessary to provide an honorable living to a soldier after his retirement and consider him a spent force.
Veteran V Mahalingam
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