New Delhi: The government is mulling the creation of some sort of a centralized mechanism to check and ratify One Rank One Pension (OROP) of military veterans to ensure there are no discrepancies or anomalies in the amounts disbursed to them by their banks.
This comes after it was found that Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide on Tuesday, was receiving around Rs 3,000 less than what he was OROP 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.
With many other pensioners 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 of defence, officials are discussing the need for issuance of detailed instructions and clarifications as well as a centralized mechanism to double check the figures.
Holding that the “delay in Grewal receiving the proper revised pension was due to problems in calculation at his bank’s end (an SBI bank branch in Bhiwani district of Haryana)”, Defence Ministry officials say now special officers are also being arranged in banks to ensure that the new calculations are carried out properly.
The case of Grewal is 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.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on a visit to Budgam in Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday, said the problems of ex-servicemen still to get revised pensions under OROP due to “some technical difficulty or documentation problems” will be resolved in the coming two months.