Key Outcomes of OROP One Rank One Pension : 5th September 2015 :
1 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced thedecision to implement the One Rank One Pension, w.e.f July 1, 2014.
2 OROP arrears to be paid in four half-yearly instalments; all widows, including war widows, to be paid arrears in one instalment.
3 The ex-servicemen, who have been agitating for the last 82 days, said they will not accept review of the pension after every five years.
4 It is understood that a draft proposal on OROP was circulated at a RSS meeting on Friday, which envisaged commencement of the scheme from July 2014, besides revision of pension every five years.
5 Veterans have opposed to excluding ex-servicemen, who had opted for pre-mature retirement, from the ambit of OROP.
6 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the setting up of a One member Judicial Committee, which will give its report on OROP in six months.
7 Veterans have rejected this committee, and instead demanded a committee under the Defence Minister which will include an ex-serviceman too.
8 To begin with, OROP would be fixed on the basis of calender year 2013.
9 Officials said the annual burden on the pension bill will be about Rs. 8,000 crore which would progressively go up with revision in pensions. The current pension bill of the defence ministry stands at Rs. 54,000 crore.
10 Close to 22 lakh retired servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the scheme.
OROP Will be implemented Soon : Assures Gen VK Singh :
General V K Singh – Minister of State for External Affairs asserted that one-rank one-pension (OROP) scheme would certainly be implemented. “The Prime Minister has made a promise regarding OROP. It would be implemented. There was some delay because calculations are going on. Therefore it is taking time. Let’s not lose heart. I have full faith in the Prime Minister. It would be implemented exactly as wanted by the retired Armymen,” Singh said.
The Negotiation talks between ex-servicemen and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over the OROP – One Rank One Pension scheme failed today (7th June 2015) after which the retired Militiary personnel decided to go ahead with their planned rally on June 14 followed by a relay hunger strike to protest the long delay in implementation of the OROP scheme.
One Rank One Pension :OROP – Demands for equal pensions for those of who’ve retired in a particular year, whilst holding the same position as those who’ve retired in another year. So for instance, a sepoy who retired in 1995 should be paid the same amount of pension as the one who retired later.However, so far, that has not been the case. While every pay commission bumps the salaries of government servants, pensions of ex-servicemen remain unchanged