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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Government is reviewing all aspects of OROP: Manohar Parrikar
"Government is reviewing all aspects of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme and best interests of Armed forces will be taken into consideration," said Parrikar
In an exclusive interview to India Today, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the government is reviewing all aspects of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme and best interests of Armed forces will be taken into consideration.
"Want to differentiate between voluntary retirement for better prospects and premature retirement in the interest of the Army," Parrikar said. He added that a judicial commission has been set up to look into the issue of premature retirement.
Expressing concern over safety and security, Parrikar said that security at Pathankot airbase had gaps and there were 6 terrorists, not 4. "Local labourers might have helped the terrorists", said Parrikar.
"Pakistan SIT will not be allowed to visit the airbase," added Parrikar.
The Defence Minister also said he is hurt by US decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. India was annoyed after the US government had said it had approved the sale to Pakistan of eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radars and other equipment, in a deal valued at 699 million dollars.