The Narendra Modi led government has already disbursed Rs 6,285 crore as arrears under the One rank, One pension’ (OROP) scheme till now. The govt has disbursed Rs 3,995 cr in the first instalment of arrears to 19,69,385 ex-servicemen. In the second instalment, Rs 2,291 cr was disbursed to 15,54,849 veterans. In all, 20,72,457 ex-servicemen are eligible for One Rank One Pension. While the payment of arrears to the ex-servicemen will cost the exchequer a total of Rs 10,925 crore under the OROP scheme, the annual recurring expenditure will be Rs 7,489 crore.

Addressing the inaugural armed forces veterans day function at Delhi cantonment, minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre said, “Veterans are an essential part of the armed forces family, who are the keepers of our values and culture. It’s our duty to respect and honour them as they are an unbreakable link between the present and the past. Our Prime Minister and defence minister are sensitive towards all your questions. We will try to address your grievances but unfortunately some elements are making wrong statements regarding defence affairs and creating myths, which is not right.”

The issue of one rank one pension had been delayed since 40 years and successive governments did nothing on the issue. It was Narendra Modi’s poll promise of implementing the OROP and true to his promise, he implemented the OROP and notified it in November 2015. On the occasion of Army Day, PM Modi took to social microblogging site twitter and conveyed his wishes to the soldiers and their families. “Indian Army always leads from the front, be it in protecting the sovereignty of our nation or helping citizens during natural disasters. We remember with great pride all the sacrifices made by our Army. They put their lives at risk so that 125 crore Indians live peacefully,” PM Modi tweeted.


Kshitij Mohan