news Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 05:30
Image source: ITBP website After intense protests by ex-servicemen demanding the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme, now Paramilitary troops have also demanded that they should be included in the scheme. According to a Times of India report, in a representation to the seventh pay commission, paramilitary forces have said that they are the first line of defence and their work is similar or even tougher than that of the Army, and so they too should be given equal benefits.  They have also made a number of other demands including that there be parity with the Army in spheres of special pay and allowances, similar leaves, peace posting and housing policies. The report also published part of the memorandum to seventh pay commission in which the ITBP DG, on behalf of all central armed police forces (CAPFs), recommended, "Recently government has also announced OROP scheme to the armed forces retirees. As regard comparison between Army and ITBP, the ITBP officers and personnel are deployed 24x7x365 days ahead of Army on the show window on the borders of Indo-China and Army is operationally deployed only after external aggression so warrants. Therefore it is recommended that ITBP personnel including all counterpart of CAPFs may also be granted OROP as in the case of Army keeping in view of the similar or even tougher working conditions which will remove disparity in the service matters and human rights." To know what is OROP read: Explainer: What is 'One Rank, One Pension' scheme and the controversy surrounding it?   
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