New Delhi: About 70 ex-servicemen on Wednesday sat on a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the delay in implementation of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ or OROP scheme even as the relay-hunger strike by retired soldiers on the issue entered its ninth day.
The ex-servicemen demanded that the government fulfill the promises made with regard to implementation of the long- pending OROP scheme. The Narendra Modi government, has said it was committed to OROP, a key promise made during Lok Sabha polls. It is, however, yet to implement the scheme.
Around 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 ex-servicemen is based on the recommendations of the Pay Commission of that time when they had retired. So, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws a lower pension than a Lieutenant Colonel who retired after 1996.
However, the real crisis lies in the ranks below the officers as their pension is very low. There is a possibility that the government might extend OROP to non-officers first.