Leaders of retired soldiers holding a dragging protest in the heart of the capital said they had written five times to the Prime Minister but there had been no response. "We have written five times to the Prime Minister seeking a direct meeting," Major General Satbir Singh (retired) told the media.

"We would like to meet him," he added. Earlier, saying the government was planning to make a unilateral announcement of One Rank One Pension, he said the ex-servicemen would not allow the authorities to dilute the OROP's provisions.

Addressing retired soldiers at the Jantar Mantar protest venue, Satbir Singh stated they were fighting against 'injustice' and were not against any government or political party.

He pointed out that unlike civil servants, only one percent of military personnel serve up to the age of 60 and that 85 percent retire before the age of 40. "We will intensify our agitation if OROP is not in conformity with what we are asking," he asserted, adding that they were, however, willing to make minor concessions.

"If any announcement (by the government) is against our interests, we will oppose it," he added. Satbir Singh described the Jantar Mantar protest site in the heart of the national capital as a 'Sainik Parliament'.

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