Only Modi govt implemented OROP, says Manohar Parrikar

The Union minister said the government has already disbursed more than Rs 5,500 crore for implementing the OROP scheme.

By: PTI | Panaji | Updated: November 2, 2016 1:50 pm
Parrikar, Manohar Parrikar, orop, modi government, narendra modi government, congress, congress orop, bjp, bjp orop, one rank one pension, india news “No one did anything for OROP for 43 years, but only talked about it,” he said. (Source: File)

In a veiled attack on Congress over One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) for soldiers, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said Narendra Modi government was the first regime to implement this scheme unlike others who merely paid “lip service” to the issue. “No one did anything for OROP for 43 years, but only talked about it. OROP is an issue of 43 years. All others who are talking (on OROP) are only talking and they have been talking for 43 years. It is not a demand of last year… This government has fulfilled it,” he said.

WATCH VIDEO:Ex-Serviceman Allegedly Commits Suicide in Delhi: Here’s What Happened

He was talking to reporters after inaugurating a multi-storey parking facility in Panaji. The Union minister said the government has already disbursed more than Rs 5,500 crore for implementing the OROP scheme. “The annual cost of OROP is around Rs 7,500 crore. We are giving arrears as well as the current payment,” he said.

He said around 20,69,000 ex-servicemen are benefiting out of the scheme. “This assurance (OROP), which was given by the Prime Minister, has been kept by his government and (it) has actually given money,” Parrikar said.

Reacting to the jawans getting killed on border, the minister said, “For any jawan who loses his life, I always feel pain. I salute them for their courage and bravery.” Over the ongoing tension on LoC, Parrikar said, “The briefing on how we are responding was given by Army headquarters. We have given appropriate reply in this matter.”

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. A
    ashwin
    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm
    Nautanki shoro hogya iska....why don't you go and act konkani movies ..
    Reply
    1. R
      Ram
      Nov 1, 2016 at 5:02 am
      NDA II was forced to take this decision on OROP but actually Babus prevailed and govt had to listen to them to give few bread crumbs to forces. it is sad but due to deep selection only lickers went up in ranks and did nothing for forces. But I am glad present chiefs have shown some guts, BUT NOW THEY SHOULD TAKE OVER THE GOVT AND PUT ALL CORRUPT BABUS AND POLITICIANS IN JAIL
      Reply
      1. S
        suppress
        Oct 31, 2016 at 7:21 pm
        thoda ruk jaavo bhai, abhi thodi derr mein congress gulam bhaunkne lagenge comments section mein. Dimaag aur logic to hai nahi to bas bakwas chaapte rahenge taaki koi ek sensible comment aaye to woh inke bakwas ke neeche dab jaaye
        Reply