Govt of India today announced the implementation of the OROP scheme i.e One Rank, One Pension scheme.
What is One Rank, One Pension?
The ‘one rank, one pension’ rule defines that retired soldiers of the same rank and length of service will receive the same pension, regardless of when they retire.
Under OROP, a sepoy who retired in 1995, for instance, would get the same amount of pension as the one who retired in 1996.
The implementation of OROP is expected to benefit about 25 lakh ex-servicemen and around 6 lakh widows, who are entitled to lifetime pension.
3:25pm: Retired Major General Satbir Singh said they want five members in the commitee of which 3 would be veterans, one serving serviceman and one of their choice.
3:23pm: All widows, including war widows, will be paid arrears in one instalment, ANI quoted Defence Minister as saying.
3:20pm: We need clarification of VRS issue, says veteran Satbir Singh
3:18pm: We are not fully satisfied with implementation of OROP scheme, veteran Satbir Singh.
3:16pm: Retired Major General Satbir Singh speaks on OROP implementation.
3:14pm: A one-member judicial panel will be constituted. The committee will give reports in six months.
3:12pm: Pension would be re-fixed every five years: Defence Minister
3:10pm: Army personnel who retire voluntarily will not be covered under OROP.
3:07pm: Defence Minister said the government respects its defence forces. They display courage and bravery in difficult circumstances, he added.
3pm: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrives to address the media on OROP along with three service chiefs.
2:32pm: All issues except 5-year revision clause sorted, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav.
2:24pm: BJP President Amit Shah to address media at 4pm.
2:11pm: Veterans said the government has accepted their proposal on VRS in principle, TV reports said.
2:03pm: Veterans said they will respond after studying the detailed order,
2pm: BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said the Defence Minister will hold a press conference on OROP at 3pm.
1:58pm: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar leaves BJP chief Amit Shah’s residence.
1:38pm: Veterans positive on first draft, await final briefing by government.
1:30pm: Defence Minister said that the concept of One Rank One Pension has broadly been accepted.