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Agitation demanding implementation of OROP would be intensified: UFESM

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New Delhi: Ex-servicemen, who are demanding early implementation of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme, on Sunday said their agitation will be intensified and they will seek an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a press release, Col. Anil Kaul, media adviser of the United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM), said that ex-servicemen were coming from almost

New Delhi: Ex-servicemen stage a demonstration to press for `One Rank One Pension` at  Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on June 15, 2015. (Photo: IANS)
New Delhi: Ex-servicemen stage a demonstration to press for `One Rank One Pension` at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on June 15, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

all the states to join the relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

He said agitations were also being organized in 65 towns across the country.

Kaul said the agitation has entered its next phase. Its intensity will be increased and marches will be taken out in various parts of the country.

“The UFESM has decided to increase the intensity of the agitation. Ex-servicemen will boycott government functions,” the release said.

The UFESM will seek a meeting with the prime minister at the earliest and if a meeting was not granted, its members will return another tranche of gallantry medals.

It said UFESM was considering moving court if the government does not approve OROP “as per its approved definition” by August 15.

At present, the pension for retired personnel is based on the Pay Commission recommendations at the time the personnel retired. This leads to a difference in pension for officers of same rank who retire on different dates.

(IANS)

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OROP estimates annual expenditure at Rs 7500 crore, arrears at Rs 10,900 crore

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New Delhi: The defence ministry on Wednesday estimated the annual expenditure of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme to be around Rs 7,500 crore.

The arrears from July 1, 2014- the date of implementation as announced by the government- until December 31, 2015, will be approximately Rs.10,900 crore, the ministry said in a statement.

This is set to push the defence budget for pensions, which is estimated to go up from Rs.54,000 crore as per Budget estimates of 2015-16 to around Rs.65,000 crore, the proposed Budget estimate for 2016-17.

This is an increase of about 20 percent of the defence pension outlay.

The statement said 86 percent of the total expenditure on account of OROP will benefit Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and other ranks.

“The government of India had taken the historic decision to implement OROP in November 2015. This fulfilled the long standing demand of the defence forces personnel after 42 years benefited over 18 lakh ex-servicemen and war widows,” the statement said.

Payment of arrears and revision of pension under OROP is to be made by the Pension Disbursing Authorities in four installments, except for family pensioners and pensioners in receipt of gallantry awards who will be paid arrears in one installment.

Asked about the development, Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement spokesperson Col Anil Kaul (retd) said it “seemed ok”, but they would be studying it and come out with a detailed reaction later.

“We are still studying it. It seems ok… so far it seems to be almost there, except that they are paying out from July (2014), not April,” Col Kaul told reporters. (IANS) (picture courtesy: huffingtonpost.in)

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