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Veterans pour out worries before OROP committee

Panel’s term comes to an end on June 15 but Justice L.N. Reddy may ask for an extension

As part of the consultative process to address issues in the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, the one-man judicial commission appointed by the government met with representatives of ex-servicemen organisations protesting for ‘rightful’ implementation of the scheme.

“We sought a meeting with him and he was kind to grant us time. We met him and explained the anomalies and the change of definition. He evinced keen interest in knowing the details,” Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retd.), Chairman Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) told The Hindu on Sunday.

Gen. Singh said that he explained in detail the four major anomalies — equalisation of pension every year instead of every five years, fixation of pension at top of the bracket instead the average, implementing it from April 1, 2014 instead of July 1, 2014 and taking financial year 2013-14 as base year for calculation instead of average of calendar year 2013.

Extension

The six-month term of the Commission is set to complete on June 15 but Mr. Reddy is likely to ask the Centre for an extension to do justice to the issue. Veterans had been on hunger strike at Jantar Mantar since June.

Read at  http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/veterans-pour-out-worries-before-orop-committee/article8693898.ece

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