Under fire over non-implementation of One Rank One Pension, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured ex-servicemen that his government is committed to implement the scheme. Failure to keep their promises by successive governments over the implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme has irked defence forces veterans who are now planning to hold a massive protest in the national capital.
In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address, Modi hit out at the opposition for politicising the issue and doing nothing during its tenure. “I am not talking as a Prime Minister. One Rank One Pension- for 40 years this question has been persisting. Nothing happened so far. This government will give the solution to OROP,” said Modi.
OROP has been a long-standing demand of the over 2 million ex-servicemen in the country. It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.
Modi said various departments were working to resolve the complexities as “it is not a simple matter” and added that “running commentary” through the media on the details of the progress will not help.