Ex-servicemen, who are on a relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi for the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP), today reached out to West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee.
They handed over a letter written to Mamata Banerjee, seeking her support for their cause.
Leader of AITC Parliamentary Party in the Rajya Sabha and Chief National Spokesperson, Derek O’Brien met the protestors on behalf of Mamata Banerjee earlier today. He spent about one hour at Jantar Mantar speaking to the veterans. He lent support to their cause on behalf of Trinamool Congress.
The ex-servicemen were given several assurances in the past, as recently as 2013 and 2014, regarding the implementation of OROP; the assurances have still not been fulfilled.
“This letter will reach Mamata di and she will even consider visiting them when she is next Delhi,” Derek said.
Trinamool will extend all support to the agitation by ex-servicemen and raise the issue both in and outside Parliament.
Today the All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation, AIFUCTO, is holding a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to protest against the Government’s step motherly attitude towards college and university professors long pending demands and to highlight their career problems.
Due to inordinate delay of Minister of Human Resource Development’s concurrence, the University Grants Commission decision for the notification regarding modification in UGC Regulations passed by 497th Commission Meeting held on 10 January 2014 i.e. pending for a year, benefits of career advancement scheme are not being given.
Besides this, there is a drastic reduction in budgetary allocations for HRD. This year the budget for education has been slashed by 16.5%. The Government is not considering their demand, to constitute a Pay Revision Committee as the college and university teachers are not covered by the Central Pay Commission.
The Government is not ready to hear their demands or give them an appointment to meet the Human Resource Development Minister.
We urge the Government to immediately call the Federation, the only All India Organisation of College and University Teachers for a discussion and take immediate steps to give the necessary concurrences set by UGC to MHRD. Otherwise, the College and University teachers may go on an indefinite strike.
Statement by Derek O’Brien, National Spokesperson and Chief Whip in Rajya Sabha:
After Rajya Sabha adjourned at 2 PM, I drove to Janata Parivar meet at Jantar Mantar to express solidarity on behalf of TMC. The meet got over a few minutes earlier. We support the cause.