As hectic back channel talks continued, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag met representatives of ex-servicemen at his South Block office but there was 'no forward movement', they later said.
"We met the Army Chief but there has been no forward movement. We are firm on our stand that the base year has to be 2013-14 and that payment should begin from April 1, 2014. OROP should not be left to the 7th Pay Commission and the definition has to be the same as accepted by the Parliament," Maj Gen Satbir Singh (Retd), Chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement said.
The government wants 2011 to be the base year besides no three percent annual increase. It also wants payment to begin from April 1, 2015, which has been rejected by the veterans. Sources in the government said it was fully committed to OROP and was in the process of finalization.
Two more protesting veterans, Major Piar Chand and Hav Sahib Singh who were on 'fast unto death' were evacuated to Army Research and Referral Hospital here on advice of the doctors.

Close to 22 lakh retired servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.


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