One Rank One Pension (OROP) Policy:
The Supreme Court asked the Centre to show how many persons in the Armed forces have benefitted from ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) policy.
- The court also said that Centre’s stand on OROP presented a much “rosier picture” than what is actually given to the pensioners of the Armed forces.
- OROP means the payment of the same pension to military officers for the same rank for the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement.
- Before OROP, ex-servicemen used to get pensions as per the Pay Commission’s recommendations of the time when they had retired.
- Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have the highest number of OROP beneficiaries.
- Armed Forces Personnel who had retired till 30th june 2014 are covered under it.
- The implementation of the scheme was based on recommendation of the Koshiyari committee, a 10 member all-party parliamentary panel formed under the chairmanship of Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.