The battle for OROP

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Debashis Biswas, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

 

Narendra Modi and his team of ministers have cracked the hard nut that the Congress government failed to do for the last 42 years, i.e. to deliver One Rank One Pension (OROP) for retired defense personnel.

OROP implies that uniform pension should be paid to Armed Forces Personnel retiring in same rank with same duration of service.

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar held a press conference and declared to implement the scheme which showed the government’s commitment towards Veterans who have dedicated their lives for the service towards the nation.

It was termed historic and aided to the advertisement of the ruling government.

But can these demands be actually met. The doubt arises because promises are made despite of the fiscal burden. There are huge arrears amounting to crores. This is more of proving a point to the opposition than actually being realistic. The Veterans are not very glad because their central issue still remains unresolved about premature retirees, of which government has not spoken clearly about.

The news flashes by the media however convey that this government is the best and long live NaMo.

Let’s wait for the scheme to implement in real and speak for itself.

 

References : The Times of India, Hindustan Times

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