Ex-servicemen demanding ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) on Saturday rejected the government notification, and said their agitation will continue.
“This is not OROP. The notification that has come is not acceptable to is,” Col. Anil Kaul, spokesperson of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, told IANS.
The spokesperson said they will get a legal opinion on it.
“Once we get legal opinion, we will come out with a statement. The people of the country must understand, this is not OROP,” he said.
The government on Saturday had announced modalities for implementation of OROP on September 5. About 25 lakh military personnel are going to benefit from the schem
The government on Saturday issued the notification regarding implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ for defence personnel.
The government had announced on September 5 the modalities for implementation of OROP. About 25 lakh military personnel are going to benefit from the scheme.
According to a defence ministry statement, the pension of past pensioners would be re-fixed on the basis of pension of retirees of the 2013 calendar year and the benefit will be effective with effect from July 1, 2014.
Pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners on the basis of the average of minimum and maximum pension of personnel retiring in 2013 in the same rank and with the same length of service. Pension for those drawing above the average shall be protected.
Arrear will be paid in four equal half yearly installments.
However, all family pensioners, including those in receipt of special/liberalized family pensioners, and gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one installment.
In future, the pension would be re-fixed every five years, the statement read.
“Personnel who opt to get discharged henceforth on their own request will not be entitled to the benefits of OROP. It will be effective prospectively.
“The government has decided to appoint a judicial committee to look into anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP. The Judicial Committee will submit its report in six months,” it said.
“Detailed instructions along with tables indicating revised pension for each rank and each category, shall be issued separately for updation of pension and payment of arrears directly by Pension Disbursing Agencies.”
The annual expenditure on OROP would be Rs.8,000-10,000 crore at present and will increase further in future, the statement added.