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Narendra Modi and the BJP Have a Lot to Answer for Failing to Implement OROP

A senior air warrior, graduate from the Staff College and a PG in military studies. He is qualified to write on war and allied matters

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Background

Many in America may not be interested in what is happening as far as the Indian army is concerned. However, India is the strategic partner of the United States and in case China has to be faced the Americans will need a strong and motivated Indian army. All army soldiers retire and become veterans, hence One Rank One Pension(OROP) which has been the demand of the services for the last 40 years should have been sanctioned. In my view, the American government can in a subtle way suggest to Modi to keep the morale of the services at the highest level and accept the recommendations of the Koshiary commission regarding approval of OROP.

India is at the moment facing great danger against a rampant China on the northern border and Pakistan which is sending Jihadi fighters into the Indian state of Kashmir. At this critical moment, the importance of the army cannot be underestimated and is the biggest cementing factor in the unity of India. Yet the Modi government is committing the same mistake as Jawaharlal Nehru and he paid a terrible price when the Indian army was defeated in the 1962 war with China.

A lot of blame has to be put on the shoulders of the general staff, in particular the two top generals who are now heading the defense. These men despite holding all the aces have not put any pressure on the body government to sanction OROP.

The charade

Modi started his 2014 election campaign with a speech to veterans in the presence of the Ex-Army Chief of Staff General VK Singh. He greatly announced that he would sanction OROP as required by the army and would implement it once he was voted to power. However, after coming to power he developed amnesia and made only a partial sanction.

Narendra Modi in particular has to answer the points which are mentioned below. These were bought out by General Satbir Singh who is heading the movement of veterans to get OROP approved.

§ Why the NDA Govt has not taken any action on the One Man Reddy Commission report even after 3 years? The government had appointed justice Reddy of the Supreme Court to go into all the anomalies regarding the servicemen and give his recommendations. His report is only gathering dust.


§ Why the Reddy Commission Report has not been placed on the table of the parliament and will it be made public? If not why?. The government had appointed this commission with great fanfare but the report has been kept secret and nobody knows what is the government thinking about it.


§ Has the NDA Govt accepted the recommendations of the Reddy Commission report on OROP? If not why?


§ Ex Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman constituted a committee to further study Reddy Commission recommendations (delay tactics) to implement it. What is the status of that committee report? Why it is still pending? This is another black mark on the Modi government and one fails to comprehend what is stopping him on this matter.


§ Why the Govt failed to revise the OROP as assured vide Govt letter dated 07 Nov 2015 due in July 2019 after 5 years? The government has accepted the revision of the pension of all Ex-servicemen every five years and the same was to be revised in July 2019 but so far nobody has heard anything about it.


§ When will the arrears of OROP due in July 2019 be paid to the Veterans??


§ Will the NDA Govt / PM Modi ever honor its promise of granting full OROP as per the Koshiyari Committee report? If not why? The Koshiyari report is a watershed in Indian democracy and the same was tabled in 2013 and was accepted by parliament but the government has backtracked and nothing is known what it is planning to do on this.


§ Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order dated 01 May 2019 had asked, MOD to resolve all anomalies of OROP rising out of Govt Notification dated 07 Nov 2015. What action has been taken and if anomalies have been resolved? Please give full details. Sadly the government has been adopting dilatory tactics in the Supreme Court and the advocate general has been beating around the bush

Future

The Indian state is facing great danger from the Republic of China which is in a belligerent mood. Due to a lack of strategic concepts and treating the army more like an appendage the previous leadership led by Jawaharlal Nehru and even leaders after he, failed to exert on the northern border and this resulted in almost 30,000 mi.² being occupied by China. India is facing an insurrection aided by the mujahedin in Kashmir as well as in the Maoist insurgency in Central India. In such a scenario it is imperative for the government to forget about politics and concentrate on the armed forces and the defense of India.

All serving soldiers have seamless integration with veterans and it is imperative the government follows what the great political thinker Chanakya had written. He wrote the political treatise, the Arthashastra that any country that neglects the Armed Forces is doomed. I sincerely hope Mr. Modi has read the writings of Chanakya.


Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 16, 2021:

Thanks Tom, this government wastes money on infructuous things but OROP not sanctioned.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 16, 2021:

Thank you Denise.I admire your guts to have taken the vaccine.I don't plan to take it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 16, 2021:

It seems like China will ultimately be a danger to the whole world, and I am sorry to hear of the attacks on India.

Isn't it interesting how our leaders make promises during their election campaigns, then they do not don't act on those promises. It is a sad state of affairs around the world with the pandemic and the political shenanigans are in full force.

On a more positive note I had my 2nd vaccine yesterday will no ill effects.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 16, 2021:

Thank you Colonel Parduman for your comment.

Lt Col Parduman Singh on February 16, 2021:

The non-sanction of 0ROP by the Modi government has got no rationale. I feel saddened that the old policies of the Congress government are still being followed by the Modi government. The government can spend Rs.30,000 crores running into almost $2 billion on a fancy new parliament building and also put money in the pockets of farmers who in any case are not supporting the government. It can subsidize loss-making banks for millions of dollars but yet unable to sanction the legitimate demands of the soldier. I hope sanity will prevail and something will be done.

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