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    Monday, 13 July 2015

    AGAIN, NO DATE, JUST 'SOON': DEFENCE MINISTER ON ONE-RANK-ONE-PENSION FOR RETIRED SOLDIERS

    Lucknow, July 9 (Agencies): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said there will be “good news” soon on OROP, or one-rank-one-pension, a long-standing demand for which ex-servicemen have been holding protests since last month.

    ”It's an inter-departmental issue. As far as the defence ministry is concerned, our work is almost over. This is taking time but I can say that there will be a good news soon,” he said.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also said that his government is committed to the long-awaited OROP. But no one has set a date.

    Currently, the pension of retired personnel of the armed forces is based on the pay commission recommendations in force at the time of their retirement.

    OROP will ensure that all retired servicemen with the same rank and length of service will get the same pension irrespective of when they retire.

    Currently, all those who retired before 2006, the year of the last Pay Commission, get much less than their counterparts and even their juniors who retired after that year.

    Soldiers and officers also retire much earlier than counterparts in civilian government jobs. 

    Parrikar, who was here to inaugurate an orientation programme for newly-elected Cantonment Board members, said the defence ministry will not be an hindrance in developmental projects. 

    ”The ministry will not be creating hurdles in developmental projects. We have given land for developmental works wherever needed. However, we will not compromise with the security issue,” he said in reply to a question. 

    The minister also hinted at amendments in Cantonments Board Act, 2006.

    The Cantonments Act authorises the Cantonment Boards to take up a number of activities including for social welfare subject to availability of funds. 

    The Orientation Programme will bring together 163 elected members of 24 Cantonment Boards, 114 of them being first-timers, to deliberate on key issues pertaining to the Cantonment Board administration.

    Source:- The Telegraph

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