OROP – Notification is likely to be issued before Diwali…
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the government will issue a long-awaited notification that will clarify the specifications of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme after the Bihar assembly elections.
The notification is likely to be issued before Diwali.
Parrikar said an announcement will be made after the Election Commission’s model code is lifted in Bihar where the five-phased assembly poll is going on.
Veterans have been on a hunger strike at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding the implementation of OROP at the earliest.
Some veterans though have objected to the scheme. They claim that the government has created confusion by including the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in their announcement. That’s because the VRS doesn’t exist in the defence forces and those who have taken premature retirement must come under OROP.
The ex-servicemen have also objected to the government using the calendar year 2013 for fixing the base, instead of the financial year 2013-14. In addition, they are against the formation of a one-man judicial commission and demand that a commission should consist of three ex-servicemen, one serving officer and one bureaucrat.
Source: The Times of India