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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

AFVAI THANKS DEFENCE MINISTER ON BEHALF OF ALL VETERANS

From: AFVAI New Delhi <afvaindia@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 1:43 PM
Subject: Greetings for the notification of OROP
To: manoharparrikar@yahoo.co.in, mos-defence@gov.in

 Respected Sir,
At the outset, we, the veteran NCOs & JCOs and widows from all the three wings of the defence forces, who have come together under the banner of 'Armed Forces Veterans Association of India (AFVAI)' extend you a very warm DIWALI greetings! We wish all the staff members of Ministry of Defence too, a very happy and prosperous DIWALI.
Sir, we would also like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to you for the notification of OROP, on 7th November 2015, by which you made our DIWALI colourful. All our family members too join with us in thanking you.
The OROP struggle began four decades ago. While we would not like to particularly blame anyone for the undue delay, we would be failing in our duty if we do not thankfully acknowledge your unflinching commitment to the cause of OROP, due to which the 7th November notification became possible. In spite of all the constraints that come in the process of collective responsibility, you have ensured that this long pending benefit is extended to us without further delay. Sir, we all stand up together and salute you for the same!
Sir, we are also quite aware of the present stand of our government that no further concessions are possible under OROP. Yet we bring to your kind attention that the NCOs and JCOs, who constitute 95% of the total strength of military veterans have some basic and fundamental differences with the very narrative of OROP. This does not address at all the core issue of early retirement and truncated service for which the OROP was originally demanded. Since we were not organised the way we are now, we could not bring these issues to the notice of the authorities in government earlier.
Sir, we would therefore request you to kindly give us an opportunity suitable to your convenience, to felicitate you on behalf of AFVAI and explain our genuine concerns in person to you.
Thanking you.
 Nb. Sub. G.S.SIDHU (Rtd.)
(Chairman AFVAI)
PO S.K.SINGH (Rtd.)
(Gen. Secretary. AFVAI)

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