OROP: Army plans special day for veterans
The Army headquarters has identified January 2016 as the month for launching these initiatives. This coincides with the Army Day celebrations, which will take place January 6-15.
As the protests by military veterans over their demand for “One Rank, One Pension” (OROP) continue, the Army is planning a slew of measures to honour and engage the ex-servicemen community. These include establishment of a new Directorate of Army Veterans, launching a veterans magazine and institutionalising a “veterans day”.
The Army headquarters has identified January 2016 as the month for launching these initiatives. This coincides with the Army Day celebrations, which will take place January 6-15. The celebrations will include debate, quiz and painting competitions, besides a band concert at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, an Army Raahgiri Day at Delhi’s Connaught Place and a two-day Army seminar. The celebrations will culminate in the traditional wreath-laying at India Gate and an Army Day parade at Delhi Cantt.
Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark the ascension of the first Indian officer, Lt General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa, as the Commander-in -Chief of independent India.
As part of these 10-day celebrations, the Army has mooted plans to celebrate January 14, 2016, as Veterans Day or the Army Veterans Remembrance Day. It will also launch a veterans magazine and inaugurate the Directorate of Army Veterans the same day. The Directorate of Army Veterans will be established in the Army headquarters, and will be the first such organisation among the three defence services. These issues will form part of the deliberations during the Army commanders’ conference scheduled to be held October 12-16.
The “revision of policy related to pensions and pensioners grievances” is also on the agenda of the meeting. Sponsored by the Army’s Adjutant General’s branch, the discussion is expected to cover all the issues related to OROP.
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