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Insulted' by government and fighting for OROP, 1965 war heroes pay homage to martyrs at Jantar Manta
r  Ex-servicemen, many of whom fought during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, boycotted the official function to mark the 50th anniversary of the war at India Gate's Amar Jawan Jyoti which was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the three defence services chiefs. Instead of attending the government function, the veterans and war widows organised their own ceremony at Jantar Mantar where they paid tributes to the soldiers who were martyred in the war. The veterans, some of them on fast-unto-death, have been protesting for the immediate implementation of One Rank One Pension scheme for the last 75 days. Two of those protesting are Wing Commander (retired) Vinod Nebb and Colonel (Retd) VN Thapar, who are disillusioned with the government with the latter calling the official celebration of the 1965 war an insult to those who fought the war.  "It is an insult to veterans to celebrate 50th anniversary of the 1965 war at India Gate as the soldiers who have fought it are languishing here demanding their rights," said Colonel Thapar. Wing Commander (retired) Vinod Nebb, who was a young 22-year-old fighter pilot during the 1965 war, called it "a sad day in my life" as he was at Jantar Mantar protesting for OROP and not at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to pay homage to his gallant fellow soldiers who laid their lives for the country. "The system has compelled me to come here. I have come here to show solidarity with war veterans, war widows and jawans," said the 73-year-old proud former Indian Air Force officer. Wing Commander (retired) Nebb, commissioned into the IAF No, 27 Squadron (Flaming Arrows) in 1963, was just two years into the service when the war with Pakistan broke out. The fighter pilot flew a Hunter jet and shot down one Pakistani F-86 Sabre in the 1965 war and was awarded the Vir Chakra.  He shot down one Pakistani fighter jets in the 1971 war and was once again awarded the Vir Chakra. Now the veteran says he had mixed feeling about the war but was comfortable in the cockpit of his fighter jet.  A sequence of photographs clicked by Wing Commander Vinod Nebb's plane showing a Pakistani jet shot down by him during the 1965 war:   Another veteran Colonel (retired) VN Thapar who took part in the 1962 Sino-India war and also saw action in 1965 and 71 said that war veterans had been insulted by the government. Colonel (retired) VN Thapar, belonging to a family of defence personnel and whose 22-year-old son Lieutenant Vijayant Thapar of 2 Rajputana Rifles was martyred during the 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan and posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra, said while soldiers who fought in the war were languishing at Jantar Mantar, the government was celebrating. TAP Related  'Insulted' by government and fighting for OROP, 1965 war heroes pay homage to martyrs at Jantar Mantar Colonel (retired) Thapar was commissioned into the 17 Maratha Light Infantry in 1962 and served in the 14 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles from 1979 to 1981. He was awarded 15 medals for his gallantry and distinguished service and also received Chief of Army Staff commendation in the 1965 war. But frustrated with the government's reluctance to implement the OROP, the officer returned his medals to the President of India in 2013.

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Govt fillings small gaps' in orop:Parikkar

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The Prime Minister’s Office is “directly involved” in the efforts to resolve the One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) issue and the government is working to fill in the “small gaps” in it, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said today said. He also said that some time should be given to resolve the matter. “Now the small gaps are being filled. Give it some time for completion. In principle, the Prime Minister on August 15 (Independence Day speech) has given an approval. Now, PMO is directly involved...then by saying that do it in these many days will not help.  “All efforts are being made to solve the issue,” Parrikar told reporters here on the sidelines of an event. Talks between agitating ex-servicemen and the government failed to make a headway yesterday in resolving sticky issues for OROP implementation. Asked about the shelling on the border by the Pakistani forces, the Defence Minister said the security forces are on “alert” and taking action. Earlier, addressing a conference, he said the defence industry can give a boost to the ‘Make in India’ campaign through micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “More than 40 per cent of India’s engineering exports are through MSMEs. But for them the defence sector is like a hurdle due to stringent conditions because if one has to export goods, they have to be first sold locally. One has to develop the product first. “I have got letters from over 30 owners of MSMEs expressing their frustration that they have spent crores on technology, but that is not being used,” Parrikar told the India MSME Expo and Summit 2015. He said that “flexibility” needs to be brought into the procurement process and his ministry will bring amendments in the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). Batting for a greater role for MSMEs, Parrikar said it was important to give them a boost ”...if a war erupts it is the local industry a country needs to rely on rather than a foreign one”.

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OROP row: Veterans walk out of meet with Army Chief

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New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2015 10:43 am Comments (47)  Ex-servicemen during their protest over the delay in implementation of ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. (Source: PTI) The government’s efforts to break the deadlock over the demand for implementation of the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) scheme saw another failure on Thursday night. During a meeting with Army Chief General Dalbir Singh, the ex-servicemen’s representatives walked out over disagreement regarding the proposed annual hike in pension and the date of implementation of the revised pensions. The veterans also threatened to intensify their agitation. Some of them have already rejected the government’s invitation for celebrations marking 50 years of the 1965 war, which begin Friday.

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