7th Pay Commission: One Rank One Pension (OROP) of defence service personnel has been one of the contentious issues that led to many agitations in the past. Finance Minister Goyal said that due care has been taken of their (soldiers) honour and the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) which was pending for the last forty years has been resolved.
He said, “The previous governments announced it in three budgets but sanctioned a mere Rs 500 crore in 2014-15 Interim Budget; in contrast, we have already disbursed over Rs 35,000 crore after implementing the scheme in its’ true spirit.”
The Government also announced a substantial hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) of all service personnel and special allowances given to Naval and Air Force personnel deployed in high-risk duties, the finance minister said.
Piyush Goyal, while presenting the Budget 2019, also said, “Rs. 3,05,296 crore have been provided in the Budget Estimates for 2019-20, compared to Rs. 2,82,733 crore provided in 2018-19 Budget Estimates.” The figures were revised to Rs 2,85,423 crore in the Revised Estimates of 2018-19.
Goyal said “Our Defence Budget will be crossing Rs 3,00,000 crore for the first time in 2019-20. For securing our borders and to maintain preparedness of the highest order, if necessary, additional funds would be provided.”