OROP final nod likely by April-end: Army Chief
Tribune News Service
Jhajjar, March 14
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag has said that ex-servicemen need not worry about the ‘one rank-one pension’ scheme as they would be able to get its benefit with arrears from April 1, 2014. The process to implement the scheme was on and was likely to be completed by the end of April, he said.
General Suhag was addressing a gathering during the ‘Veer Senani Rally’ organised by the Army at the Police Lines ground in Jhajjar today.
It was General Suhag’s first visit to his native place after assuming charge over seven months ago. He belongs to Bisaan village in Jhajjar district. He was accompanied by his wife Namita Suhag.
“I admit the delay in the execution of the one rank-one pension scheme but there were many technicalities that needed to be resolved before taking a final call on it. I am in touch with the Union Minister for Defence over the issue, who has recently dispatched the file to the finance department for the final nod,” said the Army Chief. He said that the matter would be placed in the meeting of the finance department scheduled next week.
“The scheme is likely to get the final approval by next month, but ex-servicemen need not worry if it takes more time. The delay will not cause any loss to them as the scheme will be executed from April 1, 2014 and the beneficiaries will be able to get arrears from that date,” he said.
General Suhag said the Indian Army was being equipped with ultramodern weapons and ammunition. An amount of Rs 15,750 crore had been approved for buying artillery guns and Rs 3,500 crore would be spent to purchase other equipment. Later, he interacted with ex-servicemen and assured them of redressing their grievances
Source: Tribune News Service