A first-day cover being released during 9 Guards golden jubilee celebrations.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Antony holds another meeting on OROP
Even as retired armed forces personnel are on the lookout for any signs of the implementation of the much-awaited "one rank-one pension" scheme, announced in February, the wheels are quietly turning in South Block. Defence Minister AK Antony reportedly called a meeting in this regard last week and ordered the authorities concerned that the issue be finalised in three weeks. Directions have been issued to set up a committee comprising representatives of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), three Services and the Controller General of Defence Accounts. The committee has been tasked to hold regular meeting for firming up modalities of the scheme that would ensure same pension for same rank and same length of service. At present, there are disparities in pension of similarly placed personnel retiring at different times. On the other hand, sources in the armed forces claim they are yet to receive any communication on the convening of the said committee meeting. It remains to be seen whether Antony's deadline will be adhered to or not.