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95 per cent Army veterans have benefited from OROP implementation, says Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said 95 per cent of retired defence personnel have benefited from the implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme and problems being faced by the remaining 5 per per cent will be resolved in the next two months.

The comments come after the row over suicide by an ex-serviceman from Haryana over the OROP issue and amid the ongoing war of words between ruling BJP and Opposition parties, including Congress.

"More than 95 per cent people (ex-servicemen) are benefiting from (enhanced) pension after the implementation of One Rank One Pension. There are only 4-5 per cent who are facing difficulties in getting their pensions (as per OROP). "Most of these are old ex-servicemen, including veterans from 1962 and 1971 wars, whose records are untraceable," Parrikar said while speaking to reporters.

"Since their records are old, the Pension Department does not have them. The most important record for pension is the years of service put in by veterans. That is not available. These are old pensioners. In many cases, their families are getting the pension," he said.

"I have held meetings with the ex-servicemen associations which have said they are happy with the (OROP) implementation," he added.

While answering a question, Parrikar said, "Only those ex-servicemen who have joined politics are now acting like politicians."