Criticising Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for saying that 95 percent of ex-servicemen have already got the benefits of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, the Congress party on Sunday said he did not deserve to be in the union cabinet.
“How does he (Parrikar) explain that for more than 500 days, ex-servicemen are camping in Delhi and agitating against the non implementation of one rank one pension? Mr. Manohar Parrikar does not deserve to be the defence minister,” Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra.
He said, “He (Parrikar) does not know the difference between salary enhancement and the implementation of what is OROP that is a principal matter and that matter is yet unsettled and that is why we have seen the unfortunate death of Ram Kishan Grewal.”
Parrikar claimed on Saturday that only one lakh ex-servicemen (out of over 20 lakh) are not getting pension as per OROP scheme due to some technical difficulty or documentation problems, which will be resolved another couple of months.