One Rank One Pension (OROP). Does this phrase seem known to you? OROP is a very common phrase which must have heard lately on news channels. This demand of One Rank One Pension is not new. Indian armed forces personnel have been demanding this scheme for quite a long time.
This term simple means that the retired Indian military personnel of the same rank and length of service will receive the same pension, regardless of when they retire. For instance, a person who retired in 1990 will receive same amount of pension as received by the one who retired in 2005. The personnel who retired after 2005 though are said to be better off, since those retired before 2006 receive less pension as compared to the ones who retired after 2006.
The scheme if implemented, will benefit personnel in all three services namely, Army, Air Force and Navy.
As of now, the pension for ex-servicemen is based on the recommendations of Pay Commission of the time when the person retired. The government decided to implement this scheme in July 2014 budget and allocated Rs 1000 crore for the scheme. But it could not be implemented due to some technical calculation and interpretations.
Modi government announced its commitment towards the scheme during Lok Sabha polls. NDA Government in its Union Budget 2015 even announced that the scheme will be implemented soon, but as of now, there is no official word on why the implementation of the scheme is getting delayed.
Moreover, ex-servicemen from across the country on June 15 began an indefinite relay hunger strike over the delay in implementation of OROP scheme. At Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, more than 50 ex-serviceman joined the hunger strike.
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