One-person judicial panel to look into OROP implementation
The government on Monday announced that Justice (retd) L Narasimha Reddy, former chief justice of Patna High Court, will head the one-person judicial committee to look into implementation of the one rank, one pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen.
This comes a day after agitating military veterans threatened to intensify their protest against the “diluted” OROP, notified by the defence ministry on November 7, if their demand for removal of seven main anomalies was not met within three weeks.
But the ministry said the Reddy judicial committee would submit its recommendations within six months. “It may, if necessary, give interim reports to the government on any of the matters related to its terms of reference,” it said.
The veterans, however, rejected the move. They said they wanted a five-member committee to be constituted, with three of their representatives, which should submit its report within a month. “The way forward for us now is to approach the Supreme Court, which will be done procedurally as suggested by our counsel Ram Jethmalani,” said Col Anil Kaul (retd) of the United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM), the umbrella organisation spearheading the OROP agitation.