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On Kargil anniversary, veterans raise pitch for OROP

The events at Jantar Mantar coincided with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the service chiefs laying wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

By: Express News Service | Anand/new Delhi, New Delhi |
July 27, 2015 4:22:09 am

As the country paid rich tributes to martyrs on the 16th anniversary of the Kargil conflict, veterans, widows and disabled soldiers intensified their protest demanding for the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.

The day began with Army’s blade-runner Maj D P Singh running 11 km with a prosthetic leg, while social activist and former Armyman Anna Hazare joined the protests at Jantar Mantar. Ex-servicemen have been sitting on indefinite fast since June 15 demanding immediate implementation of OROP.

The events at Jantar Mantar coincided with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the service chiefs laying wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

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“In Kargil, each of our soldiers proved more than a 100 of the enemy. I salute the brave soldiers who thwarted the evil designs of the enemy without caring for their own lives. The Kargil war was not fought only on the border but every village, every city contributed to it,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat.

“This war was fought by those mothers and sisters whose sons and brothers were in the battlefield. It was fought by those girls who had just been married, those fathers who gave their sons and felt young themselves and those sons who had not even learnt to walk properly holding the finger of their fathers. It is because of their sacrifices that India can move in the world holding its head high,” Modi said.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accompanied by Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, Vice Chief Of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral P Murugesan, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, paid homage to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate.

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