OROP: Defence Ministry plans central mechanism
After Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal committed suicide on Tuesday for allegedly receiving a lesser amount as pension than he was entitled to, the Defence Ministry is discussing the need for issuance of detailed instructions and clarifications regarding the revised pension as well as a centralised mechanism to doublecheck the figures.
It was found that the Subedar was getting around Rs 3,000 less than what he was entitled to after his 30 years and nine months of service. He was getting a pension of around Rs 25,000 per month instead of Rs 28,000.
Many other pensioners are facing such problems because their banks (pension disbursal agencies) have not properly calculated their pensions in accordance with the new tables provided by the ministry.
After notifying One Rank, One Pension (OROP) in November 2015, the government has disbursed Rs 5,507 crore in two instalments to over 19 lakh of the 20.63 lakh retired servicemen till now.
“Around 95,000 pensioners are yet to get their dues due to documentary and other problems,” an official said.
The case of Grewal was among the complicated ones, since he first served for six years in the 105 Infantry Battalion of Territorial Army and then another 24 years in the Defence Security Corps before retiring in September 2004.