After the DA/DR hike announcement, its another bonanza for the ex-servicemen. The union government has set aside Rs 2,300 crore for the implementation of the one-rank-one-pension - a demand that has been pending for years. This has been a major irritant between the armed forces and the bureaucracy.
In recognition of this demand, the Prime Minister in his Independence Day address this year, had mentioned about the OROP, apart from several other measures. A high level committee was formed to look into the demands of the ex-servicemen. According to the scheme, every ex-serviceman will be eligible for the same pension at his rank, regardless of when he joined or retired.
The Union Cabinet secretary Ajit K Seth was put in charge of a committee that has submitted its report, though after more than a month's delay.
OROP implies that servicemen of the same rank and same period of service should get the same pension, irrespective of when they retired. It also means that as and when pension is enhanced, the benefit will also be passed on to those who have retired earlier.
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