The Supreme Court has asked the Central Government to seriously consider the concerns raised by retired army personnels about One Rank One Pension.
It would be appropriate and in the interest of justice if these concerns, which have been expressed on behalf of personnel, who have served the nation as members of the Armed Forces of the Union before retirement, are duly considered by the Union government at an appropriate level, said a bench comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Hemant Gupta.
Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, the petitioners, had raised concerns about implementing OROP by adopting a modified definition of the expression under which the gap between the rates of pension of current and past pensioners would be bridged at "periodic intervals"
In the note, they submitted that the implementation of this new definition of OROP defeats the very principle of OROP by creating a class within a class of the same officers, which in practice tantamount to one rank different pension. They made following submissions:
Listing the petition in August, the bench observed:
"We are of the considered view that it would be appropriate if the Union government scrutinizes the grievances which are placed before the Court in the above note…We would expect the government to seriously consider the grievances and to determine whether and, if so, to what extent, justice can be provided for the satisfaction of all concerned."