'Implement OROP or I'll start countrywide agitation', Anna Hazare writes to PM Modi

New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme at the earliest, failing which, he would launch a countrywide agitation for the same.

In his letter, Anna said that the country must take care of its farmers and soldiers, however clarifying that his protest is not political.

Hundreds of ex-servicemen have been protesting against the delay in implementation of the OROP scheme at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital.

Meanwhile, the NDA Government at the Centre has drawn flak from various political parties over its delay in implementing the OROP scheme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation in his eighth edition of the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, had assured ex-servicemen that his government would soon resolve the OROP issue.

The OROP scheme has been a long-standing demand of ex-servicemen's associations and relates to payment of uniform pension to defence forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

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