‘No doubt about it’: Government committed to OROP scheme, says PM Modi

There is no doubt about the govt's commitment to the OROP scheme, said PM Modi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2015 5:00 pm
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Breaking his silence on the One Rank One Pension scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday tweeted that his government is committed to the scheme that is aimed at ensuring that all retired soldiers, who have the same rank and the length of service receive the same amount of pension, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Currently, all those soldiers who retired before 2006 receive less pension than their counterparts and even their juniors.

On Friday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said even though all formalities of the scheme had been completed, no specific time-frame could be announced for its implementation as a couple of administrative steps were still pending. The scheme has been in the midst of a controversy with several war veterans and ex-servicemen communities demanding that the government implement the programme as soon as possible. They were hoping that the government would announce it on the occasion of the completion of its first year in office.

At a function in Pune, two war veterans had even refused to be felicitated by the Defence Minister.

On Wednesday, Parrikar had said that the sacrifices made by defence personnel cannot be measured in terms of money given to them after their retirement.

“The promises we made (during election time) were for five years and not one year. I am sure we will do excellent work in five years. The sacrifices made by our defence personnel cannot be counted in terms of money given to them. I have been to all borders and I know that staying in isolated places for six months at a stretch is virtually impossible for a common man,” he said. “OROP is a part of our promise, but, sacrifices cannot be measured in terms of rupees,” he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. A
    May 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm
    This is the same old hollow, empty, pathetic, sickening, political blabber - just talk with no action behind it. Had a lot of expectations from Modi and Parikar - two honest and upright politicians - but they have done ZERO on this front. And, you are right, Minister Parikar - this is not a matter of money ; but it ABSOLUTELY is a matter of morals and principles and the enormous debt you owe to our veterans and their families. Bluntly speaking, there would be no Modi Sarkar without the support of veterans. Don't let them down, yet again - get the OROP done NOW!!!
    1. A
      May 30, 2015 at 8:32 pm
      Complete different statement...it was supposed to implement and reach to us by april end as per Mr. Parikar....now same Mr. Parikar tells us that they have 5 years to fulfil their promises made durimg election campaign....confused
      1. S
        May 30, 2015 at 9:59 am
        The defenders of Bharat deserves a higher and honourable treatment. So do the nurses in general.
        1. D
          May 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm
          What about other central govt. deptt. like Railways, Judiciary, allied services and ISRO and many more who serve the country, be ready for that. Looks corrupt congress has made defence corrupt like him.
          1. G
            May 31, 2015 at 1:58 am
            OROP scheme should be immediately implemented as it will benefit the retired defense personnel considerably . They deserve the governments help in this regard for the sacrifices they have made for the country and deserve the benefits of extra money , so that they can at least enjoy some material comforts as long as they still have good health.
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