New Delhi: A government notification implementing 'One Rank One Pension' scheme may take another month,…
New Delhi: The Government on Saturday issued the notification on implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) for defence personnel, amidst refusal on its provisions in current form by ex-servicemen.
The notification came late in the evening, even as ex-servicemen, protesting over non-implementation had threatened a day before to return their gallantry medals beginning Sunday to pressurise for it.
The ministry of defence (MoD), which had announced implementation of OROP on September 5, on the other hand, said in a statement that notification delay was due to model code of conduct in Bihar for assembly elections.
According to the notification, pension of the past pensioners would be re-fixed on the basis of pension of retirees of calendar year 2013 and the benefit will be effective from July 1, 2014. Pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners on the basis of the average of minimum and maximum pension of personnel retiring in 2013 in the same rank and with the same length of service. Further, pension for those drawing above the average shall be protected.
Arrears will be paid in four equal half yearly instalments. However, all the family pensioners, including those who come under special categories like gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment.
Whereas the protesting ex-servicemen has been demanding re-fixing of pension every year, government said it would be done every five years.
Reacting to the notification, Major General Satbir Singh (retired) of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement said it was not acceptable in the current form and that veterans will decide their further course of protest soon.
Also, personnel who opt to get discharged now onwards on their own request will not be entitled to the benefits of OROP.
The government has decided to appoint a Judicial Committee to look into anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP.
While the previous government had made a budget announcement to implement the OROP and made a provision of Rs500 crore, the actual additional annual expenditure would be Rs8,000-10,000 crore at present and will increase further in future.