Govt sensitive towards ex-servicemen but some elements playing foul: Bhamre

NEW DELHI: The Centre is sensitive towards all issues of ex-servicemen, including OROP, and aware of their grievances, but some “elements” are trying to project a negative image of the Government, Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said here today.

“Our Prime Minister, Defence Minister are sensitive towards all your questions. We will try to address your grievances but unfortunately some elements are making wrong statements regarding defence affairs and creating myth, which is not right,” Bhamre said on the inaugural session of the first Armed Forces Veterans’ Day here.

The Union Minister was joined by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

Criticising the previous Government for not taking any action on ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP), Bhamre said the Prime Minister has fulfilled his promises on this issue which had been pending for the past 40 years.

“The Government had issued orders for OROP on February 3, 2016. The details regarding revised pension of different ranks and categories are available in 101 tables of implementation orders,” he said.

He said that till December 8, 2016, out of 20,71,103 OROP beneficiaries, 20,06,003 have been paid the first instalment and lump sum amount. A total amount of Rs 4,115.65 crore has been paid in this regard. (AGENCIES)