There are certain anomalies in the implementation of the OROP for retired defence personnel which are being looked into by a Committee, government told Rajya Sabha today.
“There were certain issues which related either to anomalies or about certain other issues which were pending. They have all been referred to a Committee headed by a retired Chief Justice. That Committee is currently hearing all parties. It has asked for a slight extension.
“I do hope that the Committee, headed by a retired Judge, which is the judicial tribunal, is trying to resolve all unsettled views, all ambiguities and anomalies and will come out with its recommendations very soon,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
He said the defence personnel are at an advantage over the civilian employees as their revision of pension would take place every five years against ten years for civilian employees.
“In the case of civilian employees it takes place when the Pay Commission meets every ten years. Therefore, in the case of Armed Forces, it is five years. This itself gives to all retired persons a significant amount of an advantage after the implementation of OROP,” he said.
The Finance Minister said there were seven points in the decision that the Ministry of Defence announced when it announced the implementation of the OROP.
Jaitley said the OROP has been a very longstanding demand as far as the Defence Forces are concerned and OROP did not have a standardised definition as such till government held detailed consultations with retired defence personnel.