‘Substantial amount disbursed under OROP’

The Supreme Court on Monday said the government had already disbursed Rs. 10,794 crore towards the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for retired defence personnel.

“We cannot say the government has not done anything. It is not that they have not acted. They have disbursed substantial amounts,” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud observed orally.

The petition filed by the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, represented by senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi and advocate Balaji Srinivasan and Shadan Farasat, accused the government of reneging on its promise to implement OROP.

The bone of contention in the petition is that equalisation of pension would happen every five years.

It wanted automatic equalisation, whenever there is disparity.