Supreme Court solicits response from Centre on OROP implementation in eight weeks
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 12-Jul-2016

New Delhi, July 12: The Supreme Court solicited the response from Centre in the time frame of 8 weeks on a plea of an ex-servicemen's body seeking implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP). The implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) was recommended by the Koshyari Committee. A bench was led by Justice Dipak Misra.
The government had formulated the policy of periodic review of pension once in five years. However, the Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) along with the others with similar agenda challenged it. This approach was dilution of the February 26, 2014 announcement by which the revision in pension was to automatically pass on to the past pensioners on an annual basis, they opined. The plea sought a direction to the Centre "that the pension of past pensioners be automatically and contemporaneously enhanced, whenever there is any future increase or enhancement in the rates of pension."

IESM had demanded OROP for the service personnel who had retired with same length of service in the same rank. However, they asserted that five-yearly periodic review did not meet this demand. IESM had filed a petition in which it gave a reference of 2011 report of Rajya Sabha's Petition Committee then headed by Bhagat Singh Koshyari which rejected all reservation advanced by the government while strongly recommending OROP.

The Koshyari Committee had said, "The Committee strongly recommends that Government should implement OROP in the defence forces across the board at the earliest", in its 142nd report.