Enforce ‘One Rank One Pension', Say Ex-Servicemen
OROP under consideration, says MoS Tribune News Service
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.
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.
New Delhi, August 1
‘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.
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Chandigarh, July 10
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.
QUESTION NO 168
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
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
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.
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.
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.
of Services made following points for consideration of the working group: -
taken place during service of a personnel has been average down in Option –I.
date shall be taken as 1.4.2014 and pensioners retired prior to this date shall
be treated as past pensioners.
future enhancements have to be automatically passed on to the pensioners,
Service proposal for annual revision of OROP tables could also be considered.
projected by Pr. CDA (P) will just bridge the gap and will not establish OROP.
shall also be considered for JCO/OR.
detailed discussion, the following points were deliberated up on: -
mandate given to the working group is to establish parity in pensions,
establishing pay parity is beyond its purview.
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.
of implementation of new recommendations shall be from 1.4.2014.
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