New Delhi, Sept 5: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar proved to be a lucky charm for the ex-servicemen protesting at Jantar Mantar.
Their protests have borne fruits after about four decades when Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said that the One-Rank-One-Pension would be finally implemented, despite a financial burden that the government has to face, given the fallacies and miscalculations of the previous government.
After much dilly-dallying and several rounds of negotiations, the government decided to give in to the demands of the servicemen. Much to the satisfaction of the ex-servicemen, the government agreed to most of their demands, barring a few which include equalization of pension once in two years, issuing the upper limit of the pension slab and not calculating an average etc.
What Manohar Parrikar said
Accepting that the government has accepted the concept of OROP and will be implemented with effect from 1st July 2014. This is what he said:
- Proud of the devotion to duty and bravery of the soldiers
- As mentioned by the previous government that the exchequer drawn for the purpose would be Rs 500 crore, which is a wrong estimate. The cost of it would be amounting to Rs 8000-10000 crore.
- The present government took time to fulfill its promise because of the legacy of errors and administrative fallacies left behind by the previous government.
- Will be implemented from 1st July 2014, but the arrears would be paid in 4 half yearly installment. However widows would get the benefit immediately.
- Pension would be refixed with immediate effect for the same rank. An average of the pensions would be done and provided for. However, those who are drawing a pension above the average would be protected.
- Pension would be refixed in five years in future