Delhi: Defence veterans and widow of soldiers are soon to take a sigh of relief with the expected announcement of implementation of One Rank One Pension within the next 48 hours.
The veterans had demanded that the scheme should be implemented from April 1, 2014. It is expected that the date of effectiveness of scheme will be July 1, 2014 and the base year will be 2014.
Another hindrance which is seen in the draft is related to time duration for the equalisation of pension. The defence veterans have put forward that the time duration for the same should be one year or at least once in two years. However, the draft released by government states the time duration to be five years.
The ex-servicemen, who are protesting at Jantar Mantar, in the National Capital, held a discussion with regard to the time duration with Army Chief General Dalbir Singh. They came to a conclusion and finally conveyed the same to the government stating their acceptance on a two-year review but not on the five-year one, as suggested by the government.
The ones entitled to lifetime pension total up to around 30.25 lakh, wherein 24.25 lakh constitute the military veterans and 6 lakh, widows. The total increase in pension of defence forces would be around Rs. 21,000 crore, increasing from the current pension amount, Rs. 54,000 crore to Rs. 74,000 crore, once the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme is implemented.
One Rank One Pension scheme pursues to build a platform which provides uniform pension to defence personnel, who retired at the same rank and completed same tenure of their service, without taking into consideration their date of retirement.