OROP likely to be announced today
The government is all prepared to announce the implementation of the one-rank, one-pension (OROP) scheme bringin cheers to over 25 lakh ex-servicemen.
Government sources indicated that the OROP is likely to be announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Mathura on Monday to mark the first anniversary of the NDA government.
OROP implies payment of a uniform pension to personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their retirement date. For instance, two officers who served as colonels for seven years will get the same pension even if they retired a decade apart.
Past governments had contended that granting full OROP was neither financially nor administratively possible since it could lead to a cascading effect with similar demands from others like paramilitary personnel. But the government is convinced that the service conditions of other government employees simply cannot be equated with those of the military , who retire at a much earlier age and undergo prolonged hardship tenures. The majority of soldiers, for instance, retire at 34-35 years of age.
The OROP announcement will come as a big relief for ex-servicemen, who have been agitating for it for several years now, with many even forgoing their medals to voice their outcry .