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30 August 2015

No solution to OROP row, veterans seek President's intervention

NEW DELHI: The government tonight said it has "significantly narrowed down" the gaps with the agitating ex- servicemen but held out no concrete assurances over 'One Rank One Pension' even as the veterans sought President Pranab Mukherjee's intervention to resolve the vexed issue. 

"I understand that over the last few days the gap has narrowed down significantly... The principle which implements OROP we are committed to it but it has to be based on some principles," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
"Therefore, you have to have a more disciplined economy and therefore, those raising demands in the various segments must realise that the governments can also implement such demands as much as the state of the economy can afford. But I'd like to see people being paid more," Jaitley said at an event here, noting that one cannot have a system where pension of one segment is revised every year. 
"Can it happen anywhere else in the world? And then if you do it one segment you have a demonstrative effect on other segments. And then we can forget about fiscal deficits and fiscal prudence and probably what happened last Monday will probably happen once every month if we discard all fiscal norms," he added. 
The annual revision of pension is one of the keys demands of the ex-servicemen who are seeking implementation of OROP. 
Meanwhile, ex-servicemen took their 76-day-old agitation a notch higher by seeking the intervention of Mukherjee to resolve the vexed issue, stating that if any "damage or mishap happens" to those on hunger strike he and the government will be "solely responsible". 


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