BJP National President Shri Amit Shah welcomes NDA government decision on One Rank One Pension and congratulates Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
BJP national president Shri Amit Shah has welcomed the decision of Shri Narendra Modi led NDA government to accept the principle of One Rank One Pension. Terming as "historic" the Centre's decision on 'One Rank, One Pension', Shri Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fulfilled the commitment he made to ex-servicemen and provided them economic security.
BJP President said that government of India has accepted the four decade old demand of ex-servicemen regarding the ‘One Rank, One Pension’. On behalf of BJP, he congratulated all the ex-servicemen in the country. Shri Shah expressed thanks of Prime Minister for this historic decision.
Shri Shah said that in 1973, their pension was reduced from 70 per cent to 50 per cent (of salary) and the demand for OROP has been hanging since. Recalling that it was Shri Modi's poll promise during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, Shri Shah said the Prime Minister had fulfilled it now. He said that the decision would come into effect from the time Shri Modiji came to power.
Shri Shah said that soldiers, widows and those with disabilities will stand to get the maximum benefit of the Modi government’s decision on ‘One Rank, One Pension’. He said that widows will get all arrear in one installment.
Shri Shah said that the Modi Government has finally found a solution to a four decade old problem left hanging by successive governments. With most of their demands being fulfilled by this decision of government, the veterans have much to celebrate today. For the remaining minor anomalies, the government has announced to appoint a one member judicial review committee.
Shri Shah said that for nearly four decades (1973 to 2010), no government paid heed to OROP. After ex-servicemen started demanding One Rank One Pension (which in essence means paying same amount of pension to persons retiring in the same rank with equal length of service) with renewed vigour in 2010, the UPA government after much reluctance allocated only Rs. 500 crore for it and this was a joke with servicemen.
Shri Shah said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi reiterated his government’s commitment while announcing the acceptance of OROP in principle. He said that Modi government has accepted four decade old demand in just 15 months of tenure which is significant. Shri Shah said that on the implementation of this decision of Modi government, ex-servicemen will get an additional amount of Rs. 9,000-10,000 crore annually.
He said that we all are grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modiji for this historic decision. It shows the feeling of government towards ex-servicemen. BJP President also congratulated the Defense Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and all the ex-servicemen on the decision on ‘One Rank, One Pension’.