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Will soon sort out paperwork on OROP: Parrikar

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday that the government is working to resolve the technical glitches to ensure ex-soldiers get full benefits of OROP.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2016 15:25 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said the government will soon sort out the paperwork to ensure ex-soldiers get full benefits of OROP.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said the government will soon sort out the paperwork to ensure ex-soldiers get full benefits of OROP.(ANI Photo)

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday that the government is working to resolve the technical glitches to ensure ex-soldiers get full benefits of OROP.

His comments came a day after a former soldier killed himself in Delhi, allegedly over non-implementation of the one rank one pension scheme, sparking an ugly political row.

Government sources added that 100,000 former military personnel were yet to receive benefits under the uniform pension scheme rolled out last year.

At a function in Badgam, Jammu & Kashmir, Parikkar said, “There is some technical issue in it, we will soon sort out the paperwork.”

Opposition leaders accused the government of insensitivity after 70-year-old Ram Kishan Grewal’s friends said the soldier tried unsuccessfully to meet Parrikar before killing himself.

In a bid to beat back the criticism, government sources maintained that 20.6 lakh eligible pensioners have received disbursements and that Parrikar himself had sorted 500 complaints.

“Among the remaining cases, there is a speedy mechanism to sort out complications. A majority of cases are being sorted out by the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Cells in each district,” official sources said.

“The raksha mantri (defence minister) continues to receive a least 10-15 emails which are forwarded to the right agency as soon as possible.”

Government sources said the delay in Grewal’s pension was due to a bank glitch and could have been solved if he had approached the ex-serviceman welfare cell or even the ministry.

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