Tuesday, August 11, 2015

FM Says timeline for OROP should be days and not months

Dear Colleagues,

When it was indicated that OROP was being blocked by the Finance Ministry, I had written to the Finance Minister on 6.6.2015 seeking a meeting. It materialised today, 10 August. A delegation comprising the following met him at 1800 Hours in his North Block office:

1.            Lt Gen Balbir Singh, President IESL

2.         Col HN Handa, President War Wounded Foundation

3.           Col BK Sharma, President RDOA

4.           Col Vijay Kumar, Treasurer RDOA

5.           PO Dhani Ram, NAVY, constituent of UFESM

6.           Sergeant VN Mishra, Gen Secy NEXCC

7.           Self (Lt Gen Raj Kadyan)

Having highlighted our disappointment at the abnormal delay in implementing OROP, we requested him to let us know the present status. He explained in detail the overall picture. He fully accepted the concept of total service being one of the parameters. "If pension is a deferred wage, then it is obvious that longer service should give higher pension" he said. He did sound apprehensive about the demand of frequent increase in pension of old pensioners. It was explained that passing on of any future enhancement to old pensioners is related to the increase in salaries which is presently happening only once a year and is not frequent. The Minister was clearly told that any dilution of this part of the definition will not be acceptable. He understood our stand.   
The Minister further stated that the political decision to grant OROP is already taken and it WILL be given. On being asked to indicate a timeline, he said it should be days and not months.    

PM to announce OROP on I-Day?


Agitating military veterans, on a relay hunger strike for the last 57 days, are now hoping that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce the long-de servicemen say there “are indications“ that government will announce OROP on Independence Day since “the file, after some heated disagreements between the finance and defence ministries, has finally reached the PMO“. It can be expected that, delayed implementation of one rank, one pension (OROP) could be announced by the PM from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15.

Kher: Scheme not a subsidy, but a right.
JP member Kiron Kher on Monday said that one rank one pension scheme should not be seen as a subsidy or a tax cut but as a right. Kher raised the issue in Lok Sabha. 

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