Budget: Ex-servicemen hope for OROP implementation
Ex-servicemen are waiting for the implementation of one-rank and one-pension schemes in upcoming budget on Monday. They are expecting the announcement to get more funds for ‘army welfare fund’ and implementation of 7th Pay Commission in the coming budget.
One-Rank, One-Pension (OROP) means that retired soldiers of the same rank and length of service will now receive the same pension, regardless of when they retire. At present, pensioners who retired before 2006 draw less pension than their counterparts and even their juniors.
“I expect that government takes care of ex-servicemen’s need without any discrimination. However, Modi government is only making promises and this is the time to deliver. They must implement OROP as soon as possible. No benefit is given as of now,” said Commando Surender, AAP MLA, Delhi Cantonment area. Surender was a part of NSG Commandos during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He left the army with the rank of Naik (Corporal).
“The Military Service Pay (MSP), which is a compensation for the various aspects of military service should be equal for all ex-serviceman, irrespective of rank. We are expecting that the government will provide job opportunities for the ex-serviceman who retire at the age of 30-35. They donot get good opportunities in the government or the private sector. This is one of the prime concerns for the ex-service men,” said Surender.