Centre seeks dismissal of pleas seeking automatic annual revision of pension of ex servicemen; tells SC that it taken policy decision on implementation of OROP

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The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it has taken a policy decision on implementation of One Rank-One Pension (OROP) for ex-servicemen and sought dismissal of pleas seeking automatic annual revision of pension, instead of current policy of periodic review once in five years.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, was told by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the Centre, that the government has taken a policy decision having financial impact and this be not reviewed on judicial side.

The law officer said, more than 10,000 crore rupees have been sanctioned after much deliberation, and any interference would further burden the exchequer.

The advocate, appearing for Indian Ex-servicemen Movement, said he was ready to argue on both maintainability and merits of the petition. The court listed the matter for final disposal after four weeks. It said, pleadings shall be completed from all spectrums by then.

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