Modi to announce implementation of OROP on 28 Aug

Modi to announce implementation of OROP on 28 Aug

PM Modi met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

Under intense pressure, the NDA government is likely to announce the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for retired armymen on August 28, the day country will mark 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan.

According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet the protesting ex-servicemen soon and will announce the implementation of OROP on August 28. PM Modi met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, more veterans joined the fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar demanding early implementation of OROP. Total 6 ex-servicemen are now protest. Havildar Ashok Chauhan was taken to the Army Research and Referral hospital after his health deteriorated on Tuesday. Colonel (retired) Pushpender Singh was shifted to hospital on Monday after his condition deteriorated.

Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the OROP scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when he or she retired. So, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws a lower pension than a Lieutenant Colonel who retired after 1996.

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