Pune based entrepreneur & RTI activist Prafful Sarda, had filed an RTI application with Ministry of Defense (Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare – Pension/ Policy)
The RTI was filed on the following issues: ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP)
A) How much money allotted and distributed every year through One Rank One Pension?
B) What is the back log amount is pending?
C) How many people get One Rank One Pension benefit every year?
The Narendra Modi Government have kept their word as mentioned in their manifesto in 2015-16, there was no separate allocation but about Rs.3000 Cr utilized on account of arrears of OROP. In the year 2016-17 Modi Govt allotted Rs.12456 Cr and till 12.11.2016 Rs.3020.97 Cr utilized on account of arrears of OROP.
Government also made sure OROP benefits to reach out maximum people who served our country. Till 31.03.2017 money has been paid in 3 installments. In the 1st installment 20,07,878 people have received Rs. 4090.94 Cr, in 2nd installment 15,70,484 people received Rs. 2331.15 Cr and in 3rd installment Rs. 1707.09 Cr has been paid.
“Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi definitely kept his word & took extra efforts for people who made our country proud. As a result since 2015 more than Rs. 8100 Cr paid to more than 35 Lakh cases and many are in progress. As a citizen of this country I am happy some part of my tax money utilized for Brave soldiers of our country”, said RTI activist Prafful Sarda.
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