Friday, July 3, 2015
Government committed to implement 'One Rank One Pension': Manohar Parrikar to ex-servicemen
By PTI | 3 Jul, 2015, 08.29PM IST
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has conveyed the NDA government's "unequivocal commitment" in implementing 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) when a delegation of ex-servicemen, who are on a strike for past 19 days pressing for its execution, met him.
Not happy with Parrikar's assurance, the agitating ex-servicemen said the question of ending the protest does not arise without a government announcement on implementing the long-pending demand.
"A six member delegation of United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM) met the Defence Minister last night. Parrikar conveyed unequivocal commitment of the party (BJP)and the government towards implementation of OROP," said Col (retd) Anil Kaul, spokesman of the Front.
He said Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag was also present at the meeting. "The question of calling off the relay hunger strike does not arise unless a date for implementing it is announced and that too without dilution," he said. Kaul said the minister told the delegation that the file pertaining to OROP with various observations regarding resolutions of complexities had been received by him but he had not been able to study it.
The Narendra Modi government has been maintaining that it is committed to OROP, a key promise made during Lok Sabha poll.
Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.
Currently, the pension for ex-servicemen is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when they had retired.
(Source- Economic times)