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SC grants Centre time till 15 March to clear OROP arrears

By LawStreet News Network      10 January, 2023 04:56 PM      0 Comments
SC grants Centre time till 15 March to clear OROP arrears

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday granted Union government time till March 15 to make payment of arrears of One Rank-One Pension (OROP) to all the eligible pensioners of the armed forces.

Attorney General R Venkataramani, representing the Centre, submitted before a bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice P S Narasimha that the tabulation process has been completed by the Comptroller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA).

He said that the tables have been sent to the Ministry of Defence for final approval.

The bench asked the central government to ensure that armed forces pensioners received all arrears expeditiously and there was no further delay.

The AG submitted that by March 15, the money would be deposited into the accounts of 25 lakh pensioners of armed forces.

The bench allowed ex-servicemen association to move an application if they have issues in connection with the payment of arrears.

Last month, the central government approached the court seeking extension of time till March 15, 2023 for payment of arrears of OROP scheme to the eligible armed forces pensioners.

On March 16, 2022, the top court, in its judgement, said OROP scheme is a policy decision and the court finds no constitutional infirmity in the OROP principle as defined by the communication issued by the government on November 7, 2015. “Arrears payable to all eligible pensioners of the armed forces shall be computed and paid over accordingly within a period of three months,” it added.

Subsequently, in June, 2022, the Centre filed a plea seeking time to compute and make payments in accordance with the March verdict, which came on the plea filed advocate Balaji Srinivasan on behalf of Indian Ex Servicemen Movement.

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