The long awaited announcement on the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme is likely to…
New Delhi: The Modi government is all set to announce One Rank One Pension (OROP) for the ex-army men in next 2-3 days, reports news agency ANI.
The government is in a hurry to announce the dates as it would not be able to do so once the dates of the Bihar assembly elections are announced by Election Commission. The ex servicemen are have been sitting in agitation at Jantar Mantar in Delhi for past 82 days, demanding speedy implementation of OROP as promised by the Narendra Modi government.
However there are several roadblocks still in the way of the government. According to NDTV, veterans may reject the draft proposal, terming it unilateral.
The government, according to media reports, has decided to use 2013 as the base period and money will be paid from July 2014. The arrears are likely to be paid in four instalments spread over two years. In total, the government will need around Rs.8,000-10,000 crore as of now to implement the OROP.
But the major hurdle still seems to be veterans sticking to their demand of yearly revision of the pension. The government is determined not to concede ground on this issue and wants the pension to be revised every five years. However, even on Friday, veterans have refused the formula calling it ‘one rank five pension’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day had promised that OROP will be implemented soon. The veterans have accused Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of creating hurdles in the implementation of OROP.
OROP scheme ensures that ex-serviceman who have retired with the same rank will get the same pension irrespective of their year of retirement.
Input with ANI