What is the OROP issue all about?
- OROP demands that every soldier who retires in the same rank gets the same pension, irrespective of his date of retirement.
- As of now, soldiers who retired more recently receive more pension than those who did earlier, because pensions are dependent on the last drawn salary.
- Also, while every pay commission increases the salaries of government servants, pensions of ex-servicemen remain the same.
OROP scheme announced
17 Feb 2014
- Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced that the Government would implement the OROP scheme for armed personnel from FY 2014-15.
- The Government transferred ₹500 crore to the defence pension account to sort the present pension discrepancy.
- This was seen as an effort by the UPA to win the votes of 14 lakh serving and over 25 lakh retired military personnel.
₹1000 crore allocated to OROP in Budget
10 Jul 2014
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed ₹1,000 crore to be added to the budget to address the pension disparities and implement the policy of "one rank, one pension" for soldiers.
- The promise made by Chidambaram earlier, had not been implemented owing to bureaucratic delays.
- This move has received approval from ex-servicemen, who have been demanding the implementation of this scheme for the past seven years
Ex-serviceman plan a rally to question OROP delay
8 Oct 2014
- Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) planned to organise a rally at Nagpur on 12 October 2014, to highlight their disappointment over the Government's delay.
- The Modi government is yet to issue any order regarding the implementation of OROP.
- Despite the Finance Minister's proclaimation of sanctioning ₹1,000 crore for OROP, there have been no formal government orders for the implementation of the same.
OROP soon: Parrikar
2 Feb 2015
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reiterated his Government's commitment towards the 'one rank, one pension' scheme and said that it would be implemented soon.
- He said that his ministry will forward the file to the Finance Ministry by 17 February to take the call.
- This assurance was given after a delegation of 27 servicemen had a meeting with Parrikar.
OROP scheme announcement likely at Mathura rally
25 May 2015
- Implementation of the "One Rank, One Pension (OROP)" scheme for retired personnel of the armed forces may be announced by Modi during his Mathura rally.
- The rally would mark one year of the Modi government.
- The government told the Parliament earlier this year that the principle of OROP had been accepted and would be implemented once modalities were approved by the government.
Ex-servicemen hold protests over delay
14 Jun 2015
- Upset over the delay in the implementation of One Rank One Pension, ex-servicemen held nationwide protests including in Delhi, to express their displeasure.
- There were plans to go on hunger strike from the next day. Over 5000 war veterans are expected to join the agitation.
- The rally came after several rounds of official and back-channel talks failed to make any progress on the matter.
How much will OROP cost the government?
Implementing OROP will cost the government at least an estimated ₹8,300 crore annually and the Finance Ministry has to take the final call on it now. This scheme will benefit 25 lakh ex-servicemen.
SC gives 6 weeks deadline implement OROP
10 Jul 2015
- The Supreme Court had given the government six more months to implement OROP.
- Previously in February, SC had reminded the government of its promise to implement OROP in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and gave a three-month deadline for it implementation.
- The six week extension was given on a request made by Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, on the government's behalf.
OROP: Fasting veteran hospitalized
25 Aug 2015
- OROP row escalated when Col. Pushpendra Singh (Retd) who was on indefinite hunger strike for the last 8 days got hospitalized.
- Singh was admitted to the ICU of Army Research and Referral Hospital. His condition is stable, said sources.
- The colonel along with Havaldar (retd.) Major Singh began indefinite fast after police tried to forcefully evict the veterans from Jantar Mantar on 14 August.
Government announces OROP
5 Sep 2015
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the One Rank One Pension benefits for ex-servicemen.
- OROP would be fixed on the basis of calendar year 2013 and the pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners retiring in the same rank and same length of service.
- Pension will be revised every five years and arrears will be paid in four half-yearly installments.
Veterans unhappy with details of OROP announcement
5 Sep 2015
- The OROP scheme that would cost ₹8,000- 10,000 crore, was rejected by military veterans who have vowed to continue their protest.
- The veterans wanted equalization of pension every two years and not five years as announced by the defence minister.
- They are also unhappy with the government's decision to not give OROP benefits to those who have taken voluntary retirement.
OROP explained: Emotive issue for veterans and soldiers, but reasons for caution | The Indian Express
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