New Delhi: Government on Satturday announced acceptance of the long-pending demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ but the ex-servicemen who have been on agitation rejected the key details of the decision and said their 84-day long stir will continue. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced here that the government has decided to implement OROP under which there would be revision of pension every five years as against two years demanded by the ex-servicemen.
The base year would be calender year 2013 for calculation of the OROP and it will be implemented from July 2014, Parrikar said while making it clear that ex-servicemen who have taken voluntary retirement would not be eligible for the scheme. However, as perCNN-IBN, government sources said that armymen who took VRS due to war injuries were eligible for OROP.
The government is also setting up a one-member judicial committee to work out details of implementation of the OROP which will file a report in six months, the Minister said.
Reacting to the announcement, leader of agitating ex-servicemen Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh said while the veterans were satisfied with Government’s intention to implement the OROP, they made it clear that the proposed benefits were not acceptable to them.
Rejecting the provisions for pension revision after every five years and keeping those who take VRS out of the scheme among others, Singh said, “According to us government has accepted one of our demands and rejected six…At this point we cannot withdraw the agitation based on these details.”
Congress leader and former Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said that the OROP declaration was below expectation. “The BJP government’s announcement on OROP by Defence Minister is totally disappointing, ” he said.
He said that it was the Congress which had implemented OROP and had allocated Rs 500 crore.” UPA government
Manohar Parrikar formally announces the implementation of OROP. But salary revision will happen only five years.
Arrears will be given in four instalments at period of six months.
The formal decision is yet to be taken but already opposition parties have started accusing the government.
Congress Party on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing politics with ex-servicemen over their demands of implementing the one-rank-one-pension (OROP) scheme.
“Prime Minister Modi is playing politics with the ex servicemen over their demands. Their attitude towards our ex-servicemen is really unfortunate,” Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad told ANI.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said government’s delay in this whole issue is unfortunate and their intention is unclear. He said that it is sad that people who have fought for the country has to sit in protest.