Tricity ex-servicemen decide against returning medals
CHANDIGARH: Some organizations of retired defence personnel from the Tricity have decided that their members will not return their gallantry medals on October 25 in Delhi, which had been planned to push their one-rank- one-pension (OROP) demand. The organizations’ members said they had severed ties with Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM), which had called for this protest Lt Col (retd) SS Sohi, spokesperson of Indian Ex-Servicemen League (IESL) said the decision was taken after prime minister Manmohan Singh assured that he would take personal interest in resolving the OROP issue.
He also stated that PM had spoken against negative remarks by a committee of seven IAS officers regarding OROP last month and directed defence ministry to hold fresh meetings with ex-servicemen to deal with this demand. He stated that surrendering medals despite PM’s assurance would be against the spirit of democracy.
He added that IESM’s Lt Gen Satbir Singh, who gave the call for this protest, was hand in glove with opposition parties.