EC asks Cabinet secretary to clarify on OROP
Wed-May 06, 2009
New Delhi / Press Trust of India
Taking note of reports of government coming out with sops to attract ex-servicemen in its favour, the Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar to clarify on issues like One Rank-One Pension (OROP) and higher disability pension.
The Commission has asked the Cabinet Secretary to clarify as to any special committee or panel has been set up for the OROP demand of armed forces.
The Cabinet Secretary has also been asked to clarify whether any notification has been issued for higher disability pension to those injured or killed in battle, both in times of war and peace.
He has been asked to reply by 5 pm on May 8, Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan told reporters.
Reports said that UPA government has set up a high-level committee under the Cabinet Secretary to consider their 'One Rank-One Pension' (OROP) demand and reduce the gap in pensionary benefits of the 1.5-million-strong armed forces.
Government has also notified new, increased disability and family pension benefits across the board for those injured or killed in battle, both in times of war and peace.