Further update on OROP

Meeting of IESM Delegation with RM Sh Manohar Parrikar on 2 Mar 2015

IESM contacted Sh Manohar ParrikarRakshaMantri at the end of the budget presented on 28 Feb 15 and communicated to him that ESM in general are disappointed because OROP has not been mentioned in the budget speech of Finance Minister and allocation of funds for OROP has not been announced. RM explained on telephone that OROP has been approved in two budgets and hence it is considered approved and therefore there was no need to mention in the budget speech. He was kind enough to invite the IESM delegation at 1400h on 2 March 15 to clear any doubts if we had any.

Following five members of IESM met Sh Manohar Parrikar RM at 1400h on Monday 2 March 2015.   

1.    Maj Gen Satbir Singh SM

2.    Col KiritJoshipura

3.    Col Anil kaulVrC

4.    Wg Cdr CK Sharma

5.    GpCapt VK Gandhi VSM

6.    Major DP Singh was also invited by RM for discussion on disability pension issue.

RM made everyone comfortable in the beginning itself that OROP for Armed Forces and Ex-servicemen is NDA Government’s commitment and he has worked out the expenditure for the OROP. He advised that there was no need to cover this issue in budget presented by NDA Government on 28 Feb 15  as it already stands approved by Parliament as part of budget for financial year 14-15. He confirmed that he had discussed the issue with officers of MOD and ironed out all issues of OROP. He also confirmed that OROP is genuine demand of Armed Forces and must be met in full; hence there is no difference in thinking of Armed Forces and MOD. Accordingly file has been prepared and is in process for approval from Ministry of Finance. After approval of the file from Finance Minister, it will be put up for approval of CCPA (Cabinet Committee for Political Affairs). RM has confirmed that MOD has recommended giving OROP for X group and Y group separately. He also confirmed that all ranks including widows have been included in the OROP. He further confirmed that he is attempting to meet the date line for issuance of Government letter (OROP Notification) given by him on 1 Feb 15 meeting with IESM delegation.

There was no doubt left in our minds after such a clear statement by RM and IESM delegation was convinced that OROP is now in safe hands will see the day light soon. General Satbir Singh thanked him and told him that it is first time that the demands of ESM are being given proper consideration and attention. IESM delegation then discussed following issues with RM.

1.    Increase in Widow’s pension w.e.f 24 Sep 12; General Satbir Singh informed him that widow’s pension was not increased in 2012 when pension for all ranks was increased as per recommendations of 6 CPC. Widows must be given that increase in pension. RM expressed concerned on this issue and asked the delegation to give him the note for his consideration.

2.    Major’s Pension Retired pre 1996; It was brought to RM’s attention that MOD is not paying Lt Col pension to Major rank officers who retired pre 1996 on completion of 21 years of service. Major Thomas of pre 1996 retirement had gone won the case in AFT and had been paid enhanced pension. It should be applicable for all Majors who had retired pre 1996 and had completed 21 years of service. RM asked for a detailed note on the issue for his consideration.

3.    Major’s Pension who had retired on completion of 20 yrs but with less than 21 yrs of service; RM was informed that there will be only few hundred Majors who will fall in that category and MOD must consider giving them Lt Col Pension with Major’s grade pay as a special case. RM demanded a paper on this issue also for his consideration.

IESM will be sending the detailed paper on above issues to RM at the earliest.

IESM delegation was encouraged with the response and encouragement given by RM. One can now say that OROP is in safe hands will soon be approved.

GpCapt VK Gandhi VSM

Gen Sec IESM

2 Mar 2015

 


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MILITARY PENSION UPDATE - MEETING OF MR RAJIV CHANDRASEKHAR WITH DM

 

On Monday, 2nd of March, 2015, Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament, met Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar to enquire about the status of implementation of One Rank, One Pension (OROP) for our Armed forces veterans. The Minister informed Mr. Chandrasekhar the main reason for the delay in implementing OROP were the complexities involved in the process of calculating the OROP scheme and updated him that Government has made good progress in this regard.


 The Defence Minister further assured Mr. Chandrasekhar that he wants to ensure that OROP is calculated right and as per the expectations of the Veterans and said Government will finalize & announce the implementation of OROP shortly.


 V.Anand
Principal - Public Affairs,
Office of Rajeev Chandrasekhar,
Member of Parliament
www.rajeev.in


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Enforce ‘One Rank One Pension', Say Ex-Servicemen

KOCHI: Their demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ started in 1983. Even after 30 years, the plea of ex-servicemen, the first to raise such a demand, is falling on deaf ears, when the judges, MPs, MLAs, bureaucrats and many others receive pensions based on their rank.
The former UPA Government has thrice earmarked fund in its budget for ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme. But the ex-servicemen, who once served the country, are yet to get their due. Left with no other alternative, ex-servicemen across the country have decided to go for hunger strike on Wednesday.
“After the sixth Pay Commission in 2006, the Army personnel who retired a day before it and after it with the same rank get a pension with wide gap. Those who retire early gets a considerably lower pension than those who retire recently. It has been 30 years, since we had requested them to bridge the gap,” said  Pratapan, secretary, National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee, Ernakulam.
Many committees constituted to study the subject were also in their favour of the ex-servicemen. In 2009, the UPA government allocated Rs 2,144 crores in the budget for the scheme. In 2012, they allocated Rs 2,300 and finally in 2014, the Central Government set aside Rs 500 crore. The then Defence Minister A K Antony said the ‘One rank one pension’ scheme would be implemented from April 1, 2014. 
The K M Chandrashekar committee also submitted a report in favour of ex-service men. “But the officials conveniently brushed aside the directive by the then Defence Minister aside. The officials of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Department at Delhi is throttling every efforts taken in this regard,” he said. The Modi Government has now allotted Rs 1,500 crore for it. But various other committees state that it needs around Rs 3500 to implement the scheme.http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Enforce-%E2%80%98One-Rank-One-Pension-Say-Ex-Servicemen/2014/09/17/article2435365.ece
OROP under consideration, says MoS 
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 1
The ‘one-rank one-pension’ (OROP) formula for retired soldiers is under consideration, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh informed the Lok Sabha today.
In a written reply to Maj Gen BC Khanduri (Retd.) in the Lok Sabha, Rao assured that the principle of ‘one-rank one-pension’ for the armed forces had been accepted by the government.
He said the modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders. “It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the government,” he said.
On July 30, the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement had wrote a letter to the Defence Minister and also chiefs of the three services saying the delay in implementing the OROP was a cause concern.
A copy of the letter was also sent to newly appointed BJP president Amit Shah.

Budget allocations for one rank one pension ,pl click the link :

 

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/et-now/budget-2014/rs-1000-crore-for-one-rank-one-pension-scheme-fm/videoshow/38127455.cms


ONE-RANK, ONE-PENSION SCHEME 
Ex-servicemen term it eyewash 
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 10
Ex-servicemen were left discontented with the Budget of Rs 1,000 crore allocated for the one-rank, one-pension (OROP) scheme. The retired military personnel alleged that the Budget announced was mere eye-wash.

The defence personnel criticised the Budget and claimed that the BJP government in its manifesto had committed to the armed forces personnel that they would implement OROP in its true form, however they failed to do so.
As per the defence personnel, the OROP policy should grant same pension to two pensioners irrespective of the date of their retirement provided they comply with two conditions, the first being that the persons should have same rank and secondly their length of service should be the same.
The Budget allocated for OROP is a joke. The Finance Minister has bluffed us for this amount is not enough.
— Brig (retd) Harwant Singh, president, All-India Defence Brotherhood

The government has played into the hands of bureaucrats. Though the definition of OROP is very clear, yet the government has failed to allocate the needed Budget for it. Over three decades, the ex-servicemen have repeatedly sought the government’s support on the issue .
 
— Brig (retd) Kuldip Singh Kahlon, president, All-India Defence Brotherhood,

 

 

 



08 Jul, 2014 9:09p.m.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF  DEFENCE

RAJYA SABHA

QUESTION NO  168

ANSWERED ON  08.07.2014

Implementation of One Rank One Pension scheme


168  DR. T. SUBBARAMI REDDY

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to satate :-


(a) the status of implementation of One Rank One Pension scheme (OROP) for the ex-servicemen;

(b) whether orders have been issued to the concerned pension authorities for re-calculation of pension of ex-servicemen on the basis of OROP;

(c) if so, the details thereof; and

(d) if not, the reasons for the delay in implementing the scheme and by what time it is expected to be implemented covering all the ex-servicemen?




ANSWER

   

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (RAO INDERJIT SINGH)


(a) to (d): The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

(Source-Central Govt Emp blog)

Source of information :areal view blog( Air Marshal (retd) S Y Savur PVSM AVSM )

Minutes of First meeting of the Working Group for implementation of

One Rank One Pension

 

          In order to discuss the modalities of implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP), first meeting of Working Group constituted as per MoD’s decision dated 24th April, 2014 was held on 2nd May 2014 in the conference hall of CGDA’s office. The meeting was chaired by CGDA.

 

2.       Opening the discussion, CGDA welcomed the members and intimated the mandate given to the working group as per MoD ID dated 24th April 2014. CGDA also stated that for implementation of OROP, the solution be practicable and implementable within the reasonable time frame. 

 

3.       Pr, CDA (P) Allahabad made a a presentation amplifying the definition of OROP and key terms used in the same. Pr. CDA(P) presented two options for consideration of the working group for implementation of OROP. Copy of presentation made by Pr. CDA (P) is attached herewith. After presenting the options, it was stated that working group may make a consensus on basic parameters viz. cut off date, definition of current and past pensioners, future enhancements etc to finalise the proposal in real terms. Pr. CDA (P) further opined that option – I which provides revision of pension based on arithmetical mean rates of pension of post-2006 pensioners having equal qualifying service, is practicable one and could be expeditiously implemented by Pension Disbursing agencies in a reasonable time frame.

 

4.       Reps of Services made following points for consideration of the working group: -

 

a)       Enhancement taken place during service of a personnel has been average down in Option –I.

 

b)      Cut-off date shall be taken as 1.4.2014 and pensioners retired prior to this date shall be treated as past pensioners. 

 

c)       As future enhancements have to be automatically passed on to the pensioners, Service proposal for annual revision of OROP tables could also be considered.

 

d)      Option projected by Pr. CDA (P) will just bridge the gap and will not establish OROP.

          e)       Benefits shall also be considered for JCO/OR.

 

5.       After detailed discussion, the following points were deliberated up on: -

 

i)        As mandate given to the working group is to establish parity in pensions, establishing pay parity is beyond its purview. 

 

ii)       In his Interim Budget speech for the years 2014-13 (attached as Annexure -2), the Hon’ble FM announced that Government has accepted the principle of OROP for Defence Forces ad thus decided to close the gap in pensions between Pre-2006 retirees and Post-2006 retirees. He also specifically mentioned that as a result of changes in pension rules applicable to defence Forces notified on three occasions in 2006, 2010 & 2013, the gap between Pre-2006 retirees and Post-2006 retirees has been closed in ranks – Havildar, Nb Subedar, Subedar and Subedar Major. The gap that exists in the ranks of sepoy, Naik, and in the ranks of Major & above is now proposed to be bridged by walking “the last mile and close the gap for all retirees in all ranks.” Based on this inference is drawn that Pre-2006 retirees shall be consideredPast retirees. Accordingly, those who have travelled in the regime of 6th CPC and retired thereafter shall be treated asCurrent Retirees.     

 

iii)      Date of implementation of new recommendations shall be from 1.4.2014.

 

iv)      Annual incremental increase in pension as proposed by Services would lead to change in existing pension structure which is not in the domain of working group and also not practical one. Hence, fur