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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Govt committed to one-rank, one-pension: PM Modi
NEW DELHI: TNN | May 30, 2015, 10.01 AM IST
The Gujarat government signed double the number of MoU'S during this summit as compared to the previous edition in 2009. But, the quantum of investments pledged was cut to half - about Rs 10 lakh crore!
A day after the protests by war veterans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that his government is committed to the long-awaited One Rank One Pension (OROP) policy for ex-servicemen.
In a tweet, the PM said, "On OROP - the Govt is committed to OROP & there's no doubt about it."
OROP scheme is aimed at ensuring that all retired soldiers, who have the same rank and the length of service receive the same amount of pension, irrespective of their date of retirement. Currently, all those soldiers who retired before 2006 receive less pension than their counterparts and even their juniors.
"The previous goverments don't have the right to speak about it because they did nothing when they were in power," PM Modi said in an interview to an English Daily, The Tribune.
On Friday, defence minister Manohar Parrikar had said that there is no timeframe that could be specified for its implementation as a couple of administrative steps were still pending. "There cannot be a date specified to implement OROP. This scheme was not understood by the previous government properly. There are many fine prints and aspects that need to be considered. After taking a lot of time, I have crystallised the department...There are two-three administrative steps that are still pending," Parrikar had said.