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Friday, November 4, 2016
EXCL: Parties Gave Only Lip Service For 43 Years, Says Parrikar
As politics over the ex-serviceman's suicide continues, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that political parties have only spoken about One Rank One Pension instead of acting upon it.
Nov 04, 2016 | 17:39 IST | SOURCE : Times Now
"Parties gave only lip service to the OROP demand for the past 43 years," Manohar Parrikar exclusively told TIMES NOW.
Parrikar rejected Congress' charges that Modi government has not implemented OROP.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi first accepted OROP and provided ₹11,905 crore in the budget for arrears and ₹7500 crore for pension payments. The Modi government has fulfilled the promise of OROP," Manohar Parrikar added.
Meanwhile, sources have told TIMES NOW that the Centre has accorded highest priority to the complaints regarding the implementation of OROP. Ex-servicemen Welfare Cells have been put in place in order to sort complaints over the implementation of OROP.
Sources add that special officers – in rural branches, in particular – will be brought on board to make the task easier. Within the next two months, remaining 1 lakh pensioners will avail the benefits of OROP.
The Defence Minister also called for a meeting with senior officials from the Ministry of Defence as well as the Finance Minstry to discuss the problems in the disbursement of OROP funds, sources add. This comes after MoD sources indicated that around 1 lakh veterans are still awaiting their pensions because of banking delays.