New Delhi: In a public rally shortly after flagging of Badarpur-Faridabad metro, PM Modi tried to clear lingering doubts on the contentious One Rank One Pension scheme.
He said that in the run up to 2014 General Elections, he had promised implementation of OROP and now the government has lived up to its promise. Outlining causes for delay in speedy implementation of this longstanding demand of ex-servicemen, Modi said that this scheme cost nearly Rs.8,000-10,000 crores per annum.
Modi pointed out that previous UPA government had only allotted Rs.500 crores for this scheme and Koshiary committee had estimated approxmately Rs.300 crores, whereas the actual cost is many times over these amounts. Modi hit out at his detractors and said that an effort is being made to mislead soldiers on the issue of VRS.
He said that all those who have had to leave the force after being completely drained out in battle will never be left out of OROP.He said that those in the armed forces who retired prematurely will be entitled to OROP. Modi called himself a PM who loves the army and said that this scheme will be a game-changer. PM Modi also kept the door of negotiation open with the OROP protestors.
Incidentally Modi was speaking in Haryana, from where lot of youngsters have joined the army for the last several decades. PM said that OROP is likely to improve the economy of the state too.