Supreme Court Review petition against One Rank One Pension decision dismissed said there is no merit in the matter

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Highlights

  • Review petition dismissed against ‘One Rank One Pension’ decision
  • Supreme Court said there is no merit in the matter
  • Court said there is no constitutional loophole in the verdict

Supreme Court: The Supreme Court has dismissed a review petition filed by the Center in relation to its decision to uphold the ‘One Rank-One Pension’ (OROP) principle adopted in 2015. The court said that there is neither any constitutional deficiency in this decision nor is it arbitrary. A bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Suryakant and Justice Vikram Nath said that there is no merit in the review petition. The bench said, “The request for listing the review petition in open court is dismissed. We have carefully gone through the review petition and the documents attached to it. We do not find any merit in the review petition and accordingly it is dismissed.

The court in its judgment on March 16 had upheld the ‘one rank-one pension’ principle adopted by the Centre. The Court had observed that the Bhagat Singh Koshyari Committee report was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on December 10, 2011 and it presents the historical background, the reason for the demand, the view of the Parliamentary Committee. The committee’s report proposed the adoption of OROP for personnel belonging to the armed forces. The Court observed that the report cannot be treated as a statement of government policy.

What is One Rank One Pension

Under One Rank One Pension, military personnel retiring at one rank are paid uniform pension for a similar period, irrespective of the date of retirement of the military personnel. In this way, OROP provides uniform pension to military personnel retiring at different times.

It doesn’t show the arbitrariness of the government

In the One Rank One Pension (OROP) case, the central government has got a big relief even before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, while giving its verdict on this matter, had said that the decision of ‘One Rank One Pension’ taken by the Central Government for military personnel is right and there is no deficiency in this policy of the government. The court had further said that the government should review the pension from the date of July 1, 2019, besides paying the arrears within three months.

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