One Rank One Pension (OROP), in simple terms, means the same pension to all those who retired from the same rank and served for the same duration. I am sure that any sane mind wouldn’t argue with the logic of having an identical pension for the identical grade. It’s indeed a step towards equality. I totally agree with the point that there could be differences in opinion between the government and those affected by OROP, on various issues like how/when/what all to include in the OROP scheme. However, I fail to understand, that what could be the reason behind lingering on such important issue for that long? Is it so difficult to resolve sensitive issues peacefully, without any casualties?
OROP, at present, seems to be a reason for a lot of tension for the Indian Government, which came into power with majority seats. I hope the Central Government remembers that to implement OROP was one of their pre-election promises. Or, who knows, maybe OROP was one of their Jumlas, on which they won the election, and now, like all other Jumlas, this one is also getting stuck in their neck. What an irony, that on one hand, Mr. Pradhan Sevak urges the nation not to forget our soldiers, and, on the other hand, the Central Government applies such a casual approach towards the demands of our soldiers. If the Central Government was so thoughtful about our soldiers then wasn’t resolving this issue long back, one of their responsibilities? Now, would the government let us know that who is responsible for aggravating this issue to such an extent?
Do remember that when the soldiers, who protect us, themselves have to protest for their rights, then the nation, as a whole, needs to introspect whether we are heading in the right direction or not. The armed forces are always ready to give away their life, for the love of their nation and what they get in return, meager salary? Are they stupid to do so? Don’t they love their life? Don’t they love their family? Is anyone of us ready to sacrifice our life for a meager salary? Then what makes these soldiers live and fight in inhuman conditions? It’s nothing else than pure patriotism that ignites their soul. Their love towards the nation is way above the love for anything else. Salute to their attitude. I know that we can never be like them, but at least, we can show some respect by caring for their genuine demands, right? Or is it too much to ask for?
OROP is the “Mann ki Baat” of the entire nation. I do hope that in the same way, it’s the “Mann ki Baat” of our Pradhan Sevak too. I further hope that Mr. Pradhan Sevak, who is, fortunately, a good speaker too, at least makes an attempt to convince the “true heroes of our nation” that they will get what they deserve in “due time”. However, without any fail, this “due time” should be a reasonably short time because the soldiers are already waiting and protesting since a very long time for OROP to get implemented, in its true spirit.
Herewith, let me make it very clear, that I am not supporting any kind of suicide, but at least we should be sensible enough not to do politics on someone’s death. It sometimes makes me think that can we go to any extent to divert the minds of common citizens from the actual issue or what. Nevertheless, I do hope that all the issues with regard to OROP gets sorted out soon and may there be equality all around. Let us build the world where everyone gets what they deserve.
I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.
God bless you all!