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OROP: Revised benefits released to over 2 lakh pensioners

The government on Monday announced that it has credited revised pensionary benefits along with arrears under the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme to over 2 lakh pensioners drawing service and disability pensions. 

As to over 1.46 lakh family pensioners, the government will credit the new benefits by the month-end, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

“The Defence Pension Disbursing Offices (DPDOs) under the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA)... have released revised pensionary benefits to 2,21,224 defence pensioners drawing service/disability pension.

“The amount, along with the first instalment of arrears, has been released and credited to the accounts of these pensioners on March 1, 2016,” the statement said.

In the case of the remaining 1,46,335 family pensioners drawing pension from DPDOs, payment along with arrears is expected to be released by March-end, it added. The banks are processing the revised pensions, it said.

These steps are pursuant to a Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW) notification of November 7 last year, ordering the implementation of OROP scheme for defence pensioners.

The total additional annual financial increase for grant of OROP is Rs 7,488.70 crore. The total amount on account of arrears to be paid for the period July 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015, is Rs 10,925.11 crore.

Of the total annual liability of Rs 7,488.70 crore, PBOR (people below other ranks) family pensioners shall get Rs 6,405.59 crore, which works out to 85.5 per cent of the total OROP expenditure, the statement said.
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