Parrikar promises OROP before Bihar elections
As the ex-servicemen continued their protests seeking immediate rollout of one-rank-one-pension (OROP) scheme to revise their post-retirement benefits, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told a delegation of former soldiers that the government would implement OROP before announcement of the dates of Bihar Assembly elections.
When a delegation of four retired soldiers, without any officers, met Parrikar on Wednesday, the minister assured them of OROP implementation before the poll dates are announced. The soldiers pointed out to Parrikar that they need OROP more than retired officers, who retire mostly in the 1950s and get a handsome pension in any case.
“The OROP idea was mooted to compensate the jawans who were compulsorily retiring between 35 and 40 years,” says a statement from Voice of Ex-Servicemen Society, an organisation representing the junior commissioned officers, non-commissioned officers and other ranks (ordinary soldiers).
The OROP controversy was discussed at the ongoing RSS conference in the capital, but what transpired in the closed door meeting remained unknown. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated earlier that the NDA government would not accept the ex-servicemen’s demand of annual pension review.
Rajya Sabha member Rajiv Chandrasekhar, a long-time supporter of the OROP, advised the veterans to accept his proposal on pension revision in every three years. There was no confirmation if the ex-servicemen and the government accepted the proposal.
Friday 04 September 2015
News updated at 6:47 PM IST