Progress in One rank one pension : Parliamentary Panal sought Information
Non-implementation of One Rank One Pension: Parlimentary panel slams govt
Taking the government to task on the issue of implementation of One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme for the personnel retiring from the Armed forces, a parliamentary panel today asked the Centre to work out an amicable solution “within stringent timeframe at the earliest”.
The Standing Committee on Defence, in its report submitted in the both Houses of Parliament, regretted that even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a commitment and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had provided Rs 1,000 crore in the General Budget, the OROP has not been implemented.
“It is beyond the understanding of the Committee as to what reasons are preventing the government from making necessary decisions and arriving at a solution,” the Committee wondered, adding that it was utmost important that requisite modalities were sorted out and an amicable solution brought with regard to OROP within stringent timeframe at the earliest.
The Committee asked the government to apprise it about the progress made in this regard.
REPORT BY DEFENCE MINISTRY
The Defence Ministry has arrived at a consensus formula of One Rank One Pension (OROP) with the defence forces and has referred the calculations to Finance Ministry for its decision. This was informed by the defence ministry to the parliamentary standing committee on defence. In a scathing observation, the standing committee observed that the OROP “issue has been protracted for considerably long passage of time and it is beyond the understanding of the Committee as to what reasons are preventing the Government from making necessary decisions and arriving at a solution”.
“We are pursuing intensively with the Ministry of Finance also. Our target, naturally, is that these are the commitments of the Government. They have to be honoured as fast as possible,” the defence ministry told the standing committee.