The Centre’s Narendra Modi government has cleared the payment of whopping Rs 6,177.82 crore to the armed forces veterans in towards One Rank One Pension.
The disclosure has been made by the Ahmedabad-based RTI activist, Parag Patel, the ministry of defence said that the above payments had been made in two installments covering nearly 20 lakh veterans across the country. (see below)
Last year in September, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had announced his government’s decision to accept One Rank One Pension for the army veterans.
In a hurriedly called news conference, the defence minister, Manohar Parrikar had told reporters that contrary to the fund (Rs 500 crore) allocated by the UPA government, his government had earmarked more than Rs 8000 crore to meet the veterans’ demands.
The veterans had rejected the offer then and some of them have continued to protest against the proposals in Delhi.
The protesting veterans demand that the base year for the OROP should be financial year 2013-14, instead 2013, as announced by the central government. They want the date of implementation to be April 2014, instead of July 2014 as announced by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
While the veterans want rationalisation of pension every year, the government has provided for review only every five years.
The veterans also want the one-man judicial commission to be replaced with a five-member committee with their representation.