Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the government has fulfilled its promise of ”One Rank, One Pension” to ex-servicemen to a large extent and it would refer “minor issues”, if any, to a one-man commission for redressal.
As promised by BJP, the government has already issued tables of various pensions as per the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) Scheme, which involves an annual fund requirement of approximately Rs 7,500 crore and Rs 10,980 crore of arrears which would be paid in four instalments, he said.
“This is one promise which is to a large extent — minus minor issues raised by a few people — has been fulfilled and we have made provision to also hear any other small, small issues…For retired community from defence forces is huge and a common formula cannot solve all the issues,” Parrikar told reporters on the sidelines of an international maritime conference here.
“So, if there are some issues left, they can be raised with the government, we will refer it to the one-man commission and then we can come out with a redressal of those mechanisms,” the minister added.
The government had last year announced that it will implement OROP under which a uniform pension would be given to armed forces personnel retiring at the same rank with the same length of service.