Again delay in implementation of OROP –II Revision and release of arrears. Maj Gen Satbir Singh has twitted on the update of OROP implementation which has crossed its cutoff date as was fixed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and the msgs are reproduced below :
“1/2. OROP update Govt application for extension of three months from 16 Jun to 15 Sep 22 was heard today. Govt counsel confirmed that all details have been worked out except cabinet approval which will come soon.”
“2/2. Our senior lawyer opposed this extension and asked 8 percent interest Hon’ble Judge did not agree to payment of interest and granted time till 16 Dec 22 for payment of arrears.”
After crossing the cutoff date , 15th September 2022 on which date the OROP -2 was ought to be implemented as per Orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the veterans community are quite disappointed. Moral of the Indian Armed Forces also affected by such ignorance to the Indian Soldiers by our Govt. Even after strict order of the Apex Court of India, veterans soldiers are still deprived out of their legitimate rights.
It might have been ignored by the Pension Sanctioning authority of our country but
the Veterans ESM Associations are still active and trying to convince the
authority to implement the OROP second revision as it is due since July
2019 as stated by the veterans.
It is true that “OROP is now a day dream” and it is a mouth word of ex-servicemen fraternity. Upto some extent it may be true as per the disappointment experienced by the veterans. Actually the reality is something different from it. Some are saying that, Modi Govt will award OROP-2 just before the Central Election of 2024.
The Government authority on a written communication with the Exservicemen Association has expressed that implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) has been done vide MoD letter no. 12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Pol)- Part-II dated 07.11.2015 and tables for fixation of pension were issued vide MoD letter no. 12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy)-Part-II dated 03.02.2016. This was the First time revision under OROP Scheme. The 2nd Revision after 5 Years was due in July 2019.
The MoD has also expressed that the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 16.03.2022 directed that in terms of the communication dated 7th November 2015, a re-fixation exercise shall be carried out from 1st July 2019, upon the expiry of five years. Accordingly the Govt authority has confirmed that “Revision of pension under OROP with effect from 01.07.2019 is under process”.
The 3 months extension of date for implementation of OROP-2, may be proved to be beneficial in a long run for veterans as some veterans opined that.
However we do not have any option other than waiting upto 15th Dec 2022 and it is expected that within the next three months period, all exservicemen and family pensioners of Indian Armed Forces will be benefitted with the OROP Revision and payment of arrears.