Don’t Give Soldiers ‘One Rank, One Pension’ Betrayal: Congress
Congress said Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s ruling denying the former servicemen’s request for “one rank, one pension” was “inappropriate” and accused the Center of not presenting all the facts in court.
Congress General Secretary and Chief Party Spokesman Randeep Surjewala says that by denying ”One Rank, One Pension” the BJP government has betrayed the interests of more than 30 lakh ex-servicemen and asked a series of seven questions about why he denied them this benefit.
He said that while the BJP seeks votes in the name of sacrifice and valor of the soldiers, when it comes to giving them OROP, it denies them the benefit.
He alleged that instead of “one rank, one pension”, the government gave “one rank, five pensions” to ex-servicemen.
”The BJP and the Modi government are demanding votes in the name of soldiers’ bravery and sacrifice, but are fighting ‘One rank, one pension’ in court. Not only that, this right of OROP over them was rejected by Modi government after they told the Supreme Court that it was a political decision and not their legal right,’ Surjewala told reporters. reporters here.
”The Supreme Court’s verdict is not appropriate because it is not based on facts. This Supreme Court decision goes against the interests of more than 30 lakh former soldiers of the three armies.
”We call on the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense and the government to implement without delay ‘One rank, one pension’ as approved by the UPA government on February 26 and April 24, 2014. The victories Elections in a democracy are supposed to keep promises, so as not to break the trust of soldiers and ex-servicemen,” he said.
Surjewala said the Supreme Court’s verdict came after the Center opposed OROP and argued that it was a political decision, which the court cannot decide.
He said the soldiers’ sacrifices are sacrosanct for the 140 crore Indians, but it is the bitter truth that Modi and the ruling BJP have been trying to make political capital out of it.
”Why is it that when it comes to taking credit for their sacrifice and therefore garnering votes, the Modi government is at the forefront, but when it comes to give relief and ‘One Rank, One Pension’ to our soldiers and ex-servicemen, he is obstructing the Supreme Court by telling the Supreme Court that is not their right?’” Surjewala asked.
He said according to the BJP, ”One Rank, One Pension” is not the right of ex-servicemen as it will have financial implications.
The Congress leader said that the UPA government had approved the OROP for the soldiers, but the Modi government had not implemented it in the same spirit.
“Is depriving more than 30 lakh ex-servicemen of ‘One Rank, One Pension’ not a betrayal of the country’s armed forces? What is the reason why the Modi government opposed OROP in the Supreme Court? Why is the government refusing to implement the UPA decisions on OROP taken on February 26, 2014 and April 24, 2014?” he asked.
“What is the reason why, despite the clear decisions of the UPA to implement the OROP, the Modi government refuses to accept them? asked Surjewala.
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