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Thursday, June 9, 2016
OROP: Govt may extend tenure of judicial panel
|Published:June 3, 2016 3:51 am
The Centre informed Delhi High Court Thursday that the tenure of the one-member judicial commission to look into the public hearing of One Rank One Pension scheme will be extended, as representations filed by ex-servicemen and others are yet to be submitted to the Commission.
The central government’s standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia, appearing on behalf of Defence Ministry, told the court that “over 2,500 representations” had been received by the ministry so far. “The representations are now being processed, and will then be submitted to the judicial commission,” said Ahluwalia, adding that the panel’s tenure “would have to be extended”.
Former Chief Justice of Patna High Court L Narsimha Reddy was appointed the judicial commissioner to look into the implementation of the OROP scheme. The commission was expected to submit its recommendations within six months and its tenure is set to expire on June 14.
Ex-serviceman S P Singh filed a PIL before the high court earlier this week, seeking orders to have an “effective public hearing” on the issue and claiming that the “people were not informed” how to submit their representations. The court, however, noted that a particular address had been allocated to the commission, and the representations could be sent viapost.