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One Rank One Pension – Annual Equalisation of Pension Not Feasible: Defence Minister

It is money which determines whether you can implement a particular promise or not – Defence Minister

Speaking at a function at the BJP’s state headquarters in Panaji, the Defence Minister Mr.Parrikar  said, “the demand to equalise the pension for retired armed forces personnel annually was difficult”. Mr.Parrikar also took a dig at former defence minister AK Antony saying money was more important than principles to implement promises.

He went on to add, “Every one was saying Rs.1,000 to Rs.1,200 crore. Everyone was talking about principles, but they were not talking about… it is money which is important. I do not want to criticise, but Antony should realise that ultimately it is money which determines whether you can implement a particular promise or not.”

As we all know, the Government wants to equalise the pension every five years and the Veterans demand for the process is, every year. However, Mr. Parrikar had this to add, “We have said five years with some logic. And that demand, if you ask me, is difficult.”

The Veterans who were on hunger strike in New Delhi, withdrew their hunger strike last week after the scheme was announced by Mr Parrikar. However, they are continuing their protest insisting that many of their demands vis-a-vis OROP have not been met with.

Source : NDTV