The Supreme Court, on Friday, asked the Central Government to disburse the arrears to eligible pensioners of the armed forces within a period of 3 months. It extended the three months period granted to the Central Government in its judgment dated 16.03.2022, wherein the Apex Court had upheld “One Rank One Pension” (“OROP”) Scheme in Defence Forces.
“Time period of 3 months fixed in the judgment of this Court passed on 16.03.2022 is extended until 3 months from today.”
As per the OROP scheme, uniform pension is to be paid to armed services personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement and the rates of pension would be revised at periodic intervals.
A Bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Hima Kohli noted that the Cabinet note in this regard has already been put up and the Central Government has sought some extension of time to make the payments.
Senior Advocate, Mr. Huzefa Ahmadi appearing on behalf of the petitioners, including Indian Ex Servicemen Movement, apprised the Bench that the payment of the arrears was supposed to be made by 01.07.2019, which the Central Government had failed to comply with. Thereafter, in its judgment dated 16.03.2022, the Apex Court had directed Centre to compute and disburse the arrears within 3 months. Since the same has not been paid till date, Mr. Ahmadi requested the Bench to direct the Central Government to pay interest for delay.
The Bench was hopeful that the payment of arrears would be made at the earliest. Justice Chandrachud asked Additional Solicitor General, Mr. Venkataramanan to look into the same.
[Case Title: Indian ex servicemen movement & Ors v UOI MA 1590/2022 in W.P.(C) No. 419/2016]
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