One Rank One Pension to be approved by April end: Army Chief
Jhajjar, March 14
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Saturday said the long-standing demand of Armed Forces veterans' for One Rank One Pension (OROP) would be approved by the end of April.
The scheme is currently being studied by the Finance wing of the Defence Ministry following which will be sent to the Finance Ministry for its final nod.
The government has already announced that the scheme will be implemented with effect from April 1, 2014.
Addressing a rally of 17,000 ex-servicemen, the Army Chief said: "The OROP will come out in the same principle as desired. It will be effective from April 1, 2014 and may be approved latest by April 30 this year. However, delay does not matter as arrears will be given."
The OROP scheme, which aims to bring about uniformity in pension for defence personnel regardless of date of retirement, has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen in the country.