Congress leader Randeep Surjewala accused the BJP government of “betraying” the interests of ex-servicemen and also raised some questions. “OROP Rejected – It is now ‘One Rank, Five Pension’! Ex-Servicemen and Armed Forces betrayed by our own government, which opposed the right of persons of equal rank, to get equal pension, to get equal pension Whatever the date of retirement, Surejwala tweeted.
“Prime Minister and Defense Minister, please answer – 1. Why did you refute and oppose #OROP in the Supreme Court? 2. Why did you refuse to implement the order of April 24, 2014 by the UPA-Congress government giving OROP are you?” she added.
He said the BJP-led government had “rejected the recommendations of the Koshyari Committee on OROP before the Supreme Court.”
“Why did you dismiss (then) Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s speech in Parliament on February 17, 2014 in the Supreme Court supporting the Koshyari Committee?” He asked.
Surjewala said the government told the Supreme Court that the minutes of the February 26, 2014 meeting chaired by then Defense Minister AK Antony was “not a decision of the government”. “Why was this done before the court to deny relief to the armed forces?” He asked.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that there is no constitutional loophole in the One Rank One Pension policy launched by the government. A three-judge bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath observed that the definition as argued by the petitioner is not found to be arbitrary. The court said that it does not find any constitutional flaw in the OROP principle and the notification dated 7 November 2015.
Court disposes of petition by Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement seeking implementation of OROP in Defense Forces. The petitioner had questioned the Central Government’s notification dated 7 November 2015. (ANI)
First published:March 17, 2022, 1:16 am