Thursday, May 7, 2015
OROP - Update & Trivia
The file has since been sent back after the necessary clarifications from MoD.
The confusion about the file being sent by MoF to CGDA appears to be misinterpretation of the what Defence Minister is reported to have said at the IFAs Conference at O/o CGDA a few days ago. The Defence Minister is reported to have told the assembled that all issues on OROP have been resolved and the Govt letter would be issued within a week or 10 days.
Apologies for my putting down what I thought I had heard.
Now to the trivia. In the Finance Bill 2014-15, Budget Estimates (BE) for OROP was shown as Rs 1500 crores but in the Revised Estimates (RE), the amount was removed.
In Finance Bill 2015-16, against Demand No. 24 there is no mention of any amount towards OROP.
Does this mean the Govt will, if it approves payment of OROP, compel the Armed Forces to surrender Rs 8300 crores (the latest estimate for OROP) from its Capital Budget mentioned in the Finance Bill to pay for OROP?
Does it mean one less Rafale or one less Div in the Mtn Corps or one less MiG-29 for the Vikramaditya?
Also, shocking news is that as per the latest Govt directive, prior IFA sanction is necessary even to spend Re 1/- (Yes, Rupee One only)!!!!
Achhe Din is Good days or Good Noise!
(Source- Aerial view blog)