The Ministry of Defense will issue long awaited notification on One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme after Bihar polls. The notification is likely to come before Diwali, said sources in the ministry.
Earlier, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has also said that the 'One Rank, One Pension' for retired military personnel will be implemented after the Bihar elections.
He has also said that contentious issues including those related to premature retirement had been resolved, conceding that the inclusion of the phrase Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in the declaration announced by his ministry in September had triggered confusion.
"I think I will have to wait up for the Bihar elections. Because Election Commission is in no mood to give permission to actually issue the order. This is my understanding. I will not like to be in part of controversy," Parrikar has said during a public interaction two weeks ago.
Parrikar has clarified that "those who get premature retirement will get OROP even in future". "That confusion started because the word VRS was a part of the declaration. The interpretation got slightly mixed up. It was not (done) intentionally," he has said.
Voting for the 5-phased elections in Bihar ends on November 5, while the results will be declared on November 8. Diwali will be celebrated on November 11 this year.