‘One Rank One Pension’ rollout just weeks away
Military veterans are finally set to get their dues following Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s assertion that the ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme is just weeks away from being implemented, reports Nitin Gokhale.
The long-pending ‘One Rank One Pension,’ scheme meant to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, is now weeks away from actual implementation, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.
Speaking to this correspondent in Delhi on Thursday, April 9, the minister said: “All hurdles, including a political clearance on its financial implications, have been removed. Now the actual calculation and administrative details are being worked out. We are sure to get the scheme rolling in the next few weeks.”
Admitting that there is huge scepticism over the implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme, Parrikar said: “This time we have ensured that nothing goes wrong.”
The long-standing demand has been an emotive issue with defence pensioners for almost half a decade with many of them even marching in protest several times to Rashtrapati Bhavan between 2008 and 2010 to return their gallantry medals.