Mail from Lt. Gen. Satish Behri
Further to my mail below, to which I have not received a response so far, I spoke to the COAS on telephone a while ago and enquired about the question I had raised in the trailing mail
The Chief said that everything is on track and the three Chiefs have been meeting the bureaucrats to ensure that the DGL issued in Apr 14 is adhered to and the definition of OROP is in no way diluted. In fact the pension of OR is being enhanced over and above those mentioned in the DGL by about Rs 60 pm. He said the recommendations are with the FM and his clearance will take some time. So be prepared for some delay in announcement due to MoF's detailed vetting, which the Chiefs had accepted provided the principle/definition of OROP is not tampered with.
As regards the arrears the Chief said that period and mode of payment has to be decided by MoF keeping in mind their financial ability. You may remember that we had suggested that due to financial crunch the govt may the arrears in installments. On a suggestion received from a Coursemate that people over 80 yrs should not be made to wait for installments as they may arrive posthumously(!), he said that this was mentioned but he will reemphasise this requirement.
The COAS confirmed that I could convey the above to the environment.Lt. Gen. Satish Bahri (Retd)