Orop likely to be a key issue in hill state with large defence population
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Dehradun on 27 December, 2017, he was not only kickstarting the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) poll campaign in Uttarakhand, he was also announcing the emphasis the saffron party was laying on reclaiming power in the hill state, which it ruled for five years before Harish Rawat's Congress government retook power in 2012.
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One of the key issues Modi spoke about was the contentious 'one rank one pension' scheme, regarding which several armed forces personnel have been agitating. And though their ire has chiefly been directed towards the central government, blaming the Defence Ministry for not paying heed to their demands, the fact that Modi should still highlight the topic proves what a hot button issue it Orop as become, especially in Uttarakhand. Source : Firstpost
The state has a large population of retired and serving armed service personnel, and Orop is likely to resonate deeply here. Modi blamed the previous UPA government. Modi said the forces had been demanding it for more than 40 years, but it was only resolved this year. According to a report in Live Mint, Modi had said his government had disbursed nearly Rs 6,600 crore, and will continue doing more.