Govt announces OROP for ex-servicemen, pension to be revised every five years

New Delhi (IANS): The government has decided to implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for veterans, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said here on Saturday. The pension would be refixed every five years and the scheme will be with effect from July 1, 2014.


But the ex-servicemen said they were not “fully satisfied” with the government’s decision. Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, spearheading the campaign for OROP said they will take a decision later on whether to continue with the agitation for the implementation of the scheme.

Parrikar said that the arrears for the much-awaited scheme will be paid in four half- yearly instalments. Widows and war widows will get it first in one instalment. “OROP will be fixed on the basis of calendar year 2013. Pension will be refixed for all pensioners on the same rank and with the same length of service as the average of minimum and maximum pension in 2013,” he said.

Parrikar said that the previous government had set aside a sum of Rs.500 crores for OROP, but it was “not based on a thorough analysis”.

He said experts have now estimated that the cost to the exchequer will be Rs.8,000 crores to Rs.10,000 crores. “This will increase further.” The expenditure on arrears alone will be around Rs.10,000 crores to Rs.12,000 crores. Those drawing pensions above the average will be protected.

The minister said that personnel who opt for premature retirement will not be covered under the OROP scheme. “In future, the pension will be refixed every five years.”

Over 25 lakh veterans would benefit from the implementation of the OROP scheme. The veterans have been protesting at Jantar Mantar for nearly three months to demand the implementation of the OROP scheme. They had said they would step up their protest if their demand was not met.

The announcement comes ahead of the upcoming Bihar assembly election. There had been intense speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may announce the OROP scheme during his August 15 Independence Day address to the nation. But, he only said that the scheme had been accepted in principle.

Parrikar made the announcement in the presence of the army chief, General Dalbir Singh, the naval chief, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, the air force chief, Air Chief Marshal Aroop Raha and Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar.

Parrikar said that the OROP issue has been pending for four decades and this was a matter of deep anguish. He said that there were technical and financial difficulties in implementing it


  1. Parrikar said that the OROP issue has been pending for four decades and this was a matter of deep anguish. He said that there were technical and financial difficulties in implementing it.

    So, it is admitted that the BJP supported V.P.Singh government of 2 1/2 years, the Vajpayee government of more than six years and now the Modi government of more than a year now, totally the non-Congress government share more than eleven years of indecision in the forty years of pendency. Yet, the entire blame by the defence forces is on the Congress government alone.



    • One Rank, One Pension may not entirely satify the war veterans. But there is nothing wrong in accepting it and having protracted discussions with the Government to get other sticking points resolved. War veterans have to realise that, “Rome was not built in a day.” I commend BJP for at least tackling this issue. Better late, than never. I found it quite hilarious to see A.K. Antony give a press conference and criticise the BJP for diluting the OROP. What did he do, when he was the Defence Minister? He was not concerned about the Defence Forces, but may have been prompt in attending all the Keeraliya Samajam functions.

      War veterans and servicemen are the real heroes. Servicemen, amongst government employees, are the most professional. In fact, they should be treated with much respect and dignity and they and their families should be given all facilities. I find it funny that the government can bestow honorary Army and Air Force ranks to cricketers who, at best, just whack the cricket ball with a willow and earn millions and the country bestows one of them with Bharat Ratna, as if the recipient is a “Tata” or “Birla” giving employment to millions when, in fact, he, during his playing days, was lining his pockets and enriching himself and obsessed with fast cars and other trappings of wealth.

      The height of the joke is that when it comes to raising politicians’ salaries and perquisites, they themselves will do it after the winter session within a day or two or, maximum, a week. There is no committee or body of retired judges or economists or finance wizards to make a study or feasibility report about whether the hike is needed and the quantum of hike and its impact on the exchequer. For everything, the ruling and opposition benches fight tooth-and-nail, but when it comes to this hike, they will be united, because they have read Jeffrey Archer’s novel, “Honour among thieves”.

      Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh married TV anchor Amrita Rai in Chennai late last month, reported Indian Express quoting sources.

      The ex-CM of Madhya Pradesh is in US at present and Amrita Rai was unavailable for comment, according to Indian Express.
      However regarding OROP -Digvijay singh said OROP for us is One Rahul One Priyanka!!

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