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New Delhi:

Former servicemen on Friday boycotted the golden jubilee celebrations of the 1965 war after rejecting Government’s latest offer to end the 75-day-old One Rank One Pension protests.

Maj Gen Satbir Singh (Retd), Chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement said that the offer is not acceptable to the protesting ex servicemen.

“Whatever they have finally offered is not acceptable to us. Yesterday what was told to us is nowhere close to the definition,” he said. “They were saying it will be done after five years which is totally incorrect because it will defeat the very definition of OROP.”

He said that the ex-servicemen have turned down government’s offer to increase pension every five years instead of doing it annually.

“We are also firm on our stand that the base year has to be 2013-14 and that payment should begin from April 1, 2014. OROP should not be left to the 7th Pay Commission and the definition has to be the same as accepted by Parliament,” he said.

Unhappy with the delay by the Government in setting a timeframe for OROP, the servicemen boycotted today’s golden jubilee celebrations of the 1965 war with Pakistan.

Military Veterans Boycott 1965 Golden Jubilee Celebrations