OROP row: Will solve pension issues in 2 months, says Manohar Parrikar

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slammed the Congress for using the suicide of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal for “political gain"

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2016 10:13 am
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said the government is studying the report of the Justice L Narasimha Reddy Committee on the issue of anomalies in implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) and action on its recommendations would be taken soon.

Parrikar said, “The OROP is a 43-year-old demand, which was accepted by the government headed by Narendra Modi. Every year Rs 7,500 crore will be incurred and Rs 11,000 crore will be paid in four installments out of which about Rs 5,500 crore has been pain. We also formed the Justice Reddy Committee to go into the issue of anomalies in implementation of OROP. The report is with us and will be implemented soon.” He said the problems being faced by ex-servicemen in getting the revised pension under OROP would be completely resolved within two months.

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Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slammed the Congress for using the suicide of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal for “political gain”. “The government fully sympathises with the defence personnel and his family who committed suicide… It doesn’t behove senior national leaders to exploit a tragedy of this kind, particularly in the intensive care units of the hospital. More responsible behaviour is expected of them.” Alluding to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, he said, “It is equally important that nobody tries to convert a personal tragedy of an individual into political gain for a party whose fortunes are otherwise sinking.”

About Grewal apparently not getting all his dues, Jaitley said, “It obviously seems to be an administrative lapse… it’s not a lapse where OROP was not granted… there seems to be some gap in communication with the bank, therefore he (Grewal) was given pension for one part of his service and not for the other part, which he was legitimately entitled to.” The minister termed the OROP row a “meaningless conflict”, adding that the UPA government did not take any “meaningful step” to address the demand during its 10-year regime.

“Only during elections on April 24, 2014, they said they would set up a committee to work out the functional modalities of OROP. If on April 2014 you are setting up a committee, that shows it is only for election benefit,” he said here. About Union minister V K Singh’s remarks that Grewal was a Congress sympathiser, he said, “Everybody has to be sensitive… we must appreciate the sensitivity of the person who under stress has committed suicide.”

Accusing the Opposition of conspiring to defame it ahead of Assembly elections by “resorting to lies” over the OROP issue, the BJP claimed that similar attempts were made before earlier elections as well. “Rahul Gandhi is in so much frustration over the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he is doing politics over dead bodies, be it of a student or an ex-serviceman. Opposition leaders are defaming the government as part of a conspiracy by resorting to lies. This happens every time elections are around,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said here. He also criticised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his statements on the issue, alleging that he had done nothing about several AAP MLAs facing serious criminal charges.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Nov 5, 2016 at 2:55 am
    All of the govt machinery , Vk singh were claiming that OROP is not an issue. Then what is the defence minister wanting to fix in 2 months.
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      Sunil goyal
      Nov 5, 2016 at 2:47 am
      Govt is doing his best.oppsition is totally irresponsible.
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        Atis Mitra
        Nov 5, 2016 at 1:56 am
        he is our war minister
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          Nov 5, 2016 at 3:58 am
          Sir, With the political cl jumping into the fray, as expected, chaff has clouded the issue in totality. All political parties are guilty in this unseemly and avoidable controversy. For the record. As the adage goes : 'Th elephant (OROP) has ped through the eye of the needle. Only the tail remains to p'. And it is the latter that is at the centre of the controversy !! It is here one suspects the ' Machivalleian ' hand of the MoD 'BABUDOM'. The Netas, seem to have NOT noticed this sleight of hand. There lies the tragedy.
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            SREE KUMAR
            Nov 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm
            Dear All,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Please wait for two year then we will teach NDA and its Alliance. Nothing to say more as this Government is good for nothing repeat good for nothing ried cl employees but they are kewen interest to look after the welfare of Corporates like Adani, Ambani and its similar categories
            1. M
              Nov 5, 2016 at 5:07 am
              Clearly the retired army personnel are falling into the hands of politicians.They should ponder as to what the congress party did towards OROP in the last 50 years.Congress did not even do lip service.RG is the least qualified to do drama on this issue.,He has become so desperate that he does not know what he is doing.The army personnel should be a little more patient considering the lethargy of oursarkari offices.They should not embarr a govt that at least trying to do something meaningful.They should retain their independenceand stay at a distace from desperate politicians.
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                Ashok Mazumdar
                Nov 5, 2016 at 3:46 am
                If OROP was not done Fully,lt;br/gt;Why Drumming With Dhollt;br/gt;All Over, and Posters In UP?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Public ia Hai Kya,lt;br/gt;Which Voted for Rs.15 lakhslt;br/gt;In Each Account !
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                  Dr (Maj)
                  Nov 5, 2016 at 3:14 am
                  Earlier there was a perception that Mr Parikar,a highly literate,honest man is commanding defence of the country,but to utter dismay of the public we r confused.it seems he is loose cannon,firing like unguided missiles.Very Chalu,cheap chap less on substance more on playing 2 the gallery to attract votes much like his master.extremely sick and sorry to say that these chaps r writing BJP'S obituary.the party will vanish4 quarter century to be true.
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