Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the third round of One Rank One Pension (OROP) arrears will be released shortly.
Jaitley, who was give additional charge of the Defence Ministry this week, was making an intervention in the Lok Sabha during a debate on the demands for grants of the Ministry.
Incidentally, in the supplementary grants table din Parliament on Friday, the Finance Ministry has sought Rs. 3,292.94 crore under the defence head to clear OROP and 7th Pay Commission arrears as well as dearness allowance.
Negating the Opposition’s apprehensions that cut in defence outlay would affect the preparedness of the armed forces due to lack of procurement, Jaitley said the forces were fully prepared to meet any challenge.
He rejected the Opposition’s charge that the government had ignored the needs of defence forces and not allocated adequate budget, saying it had signed 147 procurement contracts worth over Rs. 2.96 lakh crore in three years, and cited the examples of 155 mm ultra light Howitzer guns, Brahmos missiles Apache attack helicopters among others