Sat, Feb 25, 2017 | updated 01:27 AM IST

Parrikar assures OROP resolution within two months

Updated: Nov 05, 2016 17:12 IST

Shiroda (Goa) [India], Nov. 5 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar on Saturday assured that the problems being faced by ex-servicemen in getting the revised pension under One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme would be completely resolved within two months.

"There was a pending demand on OROP for 43 years that we have already accepted. For this on 7-11-2015, the government had brought out an order after Cabinet approval. Later on, in February, the financial order came out, since the earlier order does not contain any financial details. After that, the dispersal began. 95% plus people have already received its benefits. Rest of the 4-5% which did not receive it is due to the fact that many of the soldiers are old pensioners of many years," Parikkar said.

"They are pensioners of the 1962 war. It has almost been 54 years since the 1962 war. Then there are pensioners from the '65 war, '71 war and some of them are family pensioners. So, their old records are not available with the Pension Department," he added, while speaking to the media in Goa.

He further added that the most important clause in OROP is the number of years of service. This criterion is important because the concept is equal pay for equal service.

Some of the service years for family pensioners are not available. That is why some obstructions have been created for that 4-5%. For that I have made a special order that in month they procure it from other records, and whoever won't be covered in this one month, for them we provide affidavit or other and the 4% will also get it," the defence minister said.

Earlier, Parikkar had said that the government is studying the report of the Justice L Narasimha Reddy Committee on the issue of anomalies in implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) and action on its recommendations would be taken soon.

Parrikar said, "The OROP is a 43-year-old demand, which was accepted by the government headed by Narendra Modi. Every year Rs 7,500 crore will be incurred and Rs 11,000 crore will be paid in four installments out of which about Rs 5,500 crore has been paid. We also formed the Justice Reddy Committee to go into the issue of anomalies in implementation of OROP. The report is with us and will be implemented soon."

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slammed the Congress for using the suicide of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal for "political gain". "The government fully sympathizes with the defence personnel and his family who committed suicide. It doesn't behove senior national leaders to exploit a tragedy of this kind, particularly in the intensive care units of the hospital. More responsible behaviour is expected of them."

Alluding to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, he said, "It is equally important that nobody tries to convert a personal tragedy of an individual into political gain for a party whose fortunes are otherwise sinking." (ANI)

61 Cavalry bags Army Polo Championship

Updated: Feb 25, 2017 00:39 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): The famous Army Polo Championship saw a thrilling final match between 61 Cavalry and Army Service Corps with the former bagging the championship.

Full Story >>

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): A 15-member middle level delegation of People's Liberation Army (PLA), China, led by Major General Zhao Jin Song, is on a three-day visit to HQ Eastern Command (EC), Kolkata from February 23-26.

Full Story >>

Telangana CM announces salary hike for VRA's

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:50 IST

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced 64.61 percent hike in the salaries of Village Revenue Assistants (VRA), who are working on hereditary basis.

Full Story >>

TN CM Palaniswami meets PM Modi in Coimbatore

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:44 IST

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): India and Germany on Friday approved on a comprehensive Social Security Agreement (SSA) that will come into effect from May, to improve investment flows between the two countries.

Full Story >>

Yoga a passport to health assurance: PM Modi

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:16 IST

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu.) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Emphasizing the significance of yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the entire world wants peace not only from wars but also from stress and it could only be gained by practicing yoga.

Full Story >>

J-K: Grenade hurled on police post in Pulwama

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 20:40 IST

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): A grenade was hurled on police post by suspected militants on Friday at Kakapora area in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Changez Multani, an independent corporator, on Friday extended his support to Shiv Sena.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against the four men accused of gang raping a U.S. tourist at the Patiala House Court in Delhi.

Full Story >>

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday said becoming militants were sacrificing their lives for the freedom of the nation.

Full Story >>

Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that his nine years in office have been very productive and he has enjoyed them immensely.

Full Story >>

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a 112-foot tall bust of Adiyogi Shiva at the Isha Foundation at the foothills of Velliangiri mountains here.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb.24: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Saturday launched a new party named 'MGR Amma Deepa Peravai' on the eve of the late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's 69th birth anniversary.

Full Story >>

Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): En-route from Kampala to Delhi, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that a significant trade imbalance exists between India and Uganda.

Full Story >>

5.2- magnitude earthquake jolts Manipur

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 18:52 IST

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude jolted Manipur Friday evening.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Friday thanked the people of Maharashtra for showing faith in the party during the recent held Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC polls.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Friday said she would surely contest elections from the former's constituency, R.K. Nagar, in the next elections.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday said he is the true AIADMK leader and added that the MLAs who voted in favour of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during the February floor test don't represent the party in the state assembly.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a mark in Odisha because of its popular schemes.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.24: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Working President M.K Stalin met President Pranab Mukherjee today to seek a fresh trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly through a secret ballot voting procedure.

Full Story >>