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OROP announced: We are not fully satisfied, says Gen. (R) Satbir Singh

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New Delhi, Sept.5 : Following the declaration of the acceptance of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) on Saturday, Major General (retd.) Satbir Singh said that the war veterans were not fully satisfied with it.

“We thank the Government that they decided to implement OROP, but they have accepted one of our points, and rejected six points. We are not fully satisfied” said Major General (retd.) Satbir Singh.

“Government has said that the people opting for voluntary retirement would not fall under OROP. We want a clarification on the VRS issue, if they still don’t accept, then it is a big blow to the forces,” added Major General (retd.) Satbir Singh.

Talking about the committee that the Government would deploy for the implementation of the OROP, Major General (retd.) Satbir Singh said, “We reject one member committee, we want five members of which three would be veterans, one serving servicemen and one would be the choice of the government or the defence minister.”

“There should be three conditions that the committee must follow. First, the committee would follow the definition of One Rank One Pension in letter and spirit. It should be a pre condition to the scheme. Second being, no defence personnel of a higher rank would receive lower pension than his junior. And the last being, as soon as the pay commission changes, the veterans’ pension would also change,” added Major General (retd.) Satbir Singh.

OROP will be implemented from July 1, 2014, the base year would be 2013. (ANI)