Supreme Court upholds Government’s decision on One Rank-One Pension for defence forces

The Supreme Court today upheld the Government’s decision on One Rank-One Pension, OROP, for defence forces as it did not find any constitutional infirmity on the OROP principle and the notification of 7th November, 2015. A bench comprising Justices D.Y Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath said,  the policy decision of the Centre of OROP is not arbitrary and it is not for the court to go into the policy matters of the government.

While disposing off a plea implementation of the One Rank-One Pension as recommended by the Bhagat Singh Koshyari Committee with an automatic annual revision, instead of the current policy of periodic review once in five years, the Apex Court directed that the pending re-fixation exercise of OROP, should be carried out from 1st July  2019, and arrears be paid to the pensioners in three months.

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