Chandigarh, September 7 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, said that ex-servicemen would get arrears to the tune of crores of rupees under the ‘One Rank-One Pension’ scheme. This would give a fillip to the economic development of Haryana.
The Chief Minister said here today that the sum of nearly Rs 1,000 crore that would be received under the OROP scheme would be spent in Haryana in one way or another, which would lead to the strengthening of the economic condition of the State.
He added that the matter had been hanging fire for the last 42 years. However, Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, had been working towards fulfilling his promise to resolve this issue since he came to power on May 26, 2014.
Mr Manohar Lal said that the previous Congress government had been talking about provision of Rs 500 crore for the OROP scheme, and the Koshyari Committee too talked about expenditure of Rs 300 on this scheme. However, when in-depth research was done, it was found out that there would be expenditure of Rs 8,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore. He added that the Government was still working to fulfil its promise. “It is a matter of pride for me that one out of every ten soldiers of the Indian Army belongs to Haryana,” he added.
The Chief Minister exhorted ex-servicemen who had retired under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme or on medical grounds to beware of misleading information being spread by certain political parties about the OROP scheme. He added that the welfare of such servicemen who retired after 15 to 20 of service was the responsibility of the Government, so the benefits of the OROP scheme would be made available to all.