06 Sep, 2015 5:21p.m.

Armymen who opted VRS also to get OROP benefits: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that military personnel who retired prematurely will benefit from one rank one pension (OROP), reaching out to veterans a day after his government announced the scheme but differences emerged over entitlements to those who opt for voluntary retirement.

"VRS (voluntary retirement scheme) key naam pe bhram failaya jaa raha hai (Some people are trying to spread confusion in the name of VRS)," Modi said at a rally in Faridabad, stressing his respect for the armed forces.

Modi’s olive branch, however, did not appear to deter veterans who want equal facilities for those who opt for VRS.

"Agitation will continue, and it will intensify further," Maj Gen (retired) Satbir Singh said in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement at a protest in Jantar Mantar. TV reports said veterans want a written assurance from the government on contentious points regarding OROP.

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