The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Dalbir Singh has said that the long-standing demand of ex-servicemen for One Rank, One Pension (OROP) will be acceded to very shortly and implemented from April 1, 2014, with retrospective effect.
The general was addressing a massive rally of army veterans (ex-servicemen) in Jhajjar on Saturday.
He assured the gathering that in view of the hardships faced by soldiers in the discharge of their duties, he had sought a handsome hike in their pay and allowances from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
General Singh added that he had tied-up with the skill development ministry to ensure employment to army retirees in public and private sectors. However, he ruled out any possibility of exempting veterans from income tax as it would be violating the principle of parity.
During the visit, a number of grievance resolution stalls had been set up to process problems related to the preparation of Ex-Sevicemen Contributory Health Scheme and Canteen Stores Department cards.
Eligible ex-servicemen were given modified scooters and wheel-chairs.