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Re: One Rank One Pension for Retired Army Personnel ( OROP )
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2012, 05:42:06 PM »
Govt moves closer to one rank, one pension; clears Rs 2,300-cr package..Cabinet nod for enhancement in family pension schemes for armed forces

New Delhi, September 24
The Union Cabinet on Monday approved a Rs 2,300-crore package that will take retired armed forces personnel closer to their long-pending demand of one rank-one pension (OROP). It also cleared three other demands relating to ex-servicemen of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.

Defence Forces and Ex-Servicemen Associations have been demanding uniform pension to be paid to the Defence forces personnel retiring at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, and that any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.

Implementation of the scheme will cost the exchequer a sum of Rs 2,300 crore in total and will benefit lakhs of servicemen, who unlike their civilian counterparts, retire early -- sometimes even in the forties -- making it harder for them to make both ends meet in the twilight years.

Todays announcement is not OROP in the classic sense, but will bridge the gap between existing pensions and pensions under OROP. One possible reason why the government did not meet OROP in totality was that similar demands would have poured in from civilian employees.

The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh okayed the scheme. In May this year, Defence Minister AK Antony, while replying to a debate in Parliament, said, "We are as near to the goal as possible and I will get maximum for the forces. ¯

The Cabinet also cleared the following: Enhancement of family pension for those who retired before 2006; dual family pension and family pension to mentally/physically-challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage.

The move comes after the Prime Minister had on July 8 formed a committee headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth to study a series of pension and pay related issues of the forces and ex-servicemen that had been downgraded in the Sixth Pay Commission report of 2008. On the agenda of the committee was to study the following: Common pay-scale for in-service JCOs/Ors; initial pay-fixation of Lt Col/Col and Brigadier/equivalent; review and enhancement of grade pay; placing of all Lt Generals in HAG-plus scale; grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel; one rank-one pension; enhancement of family pension; dual family pension and family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage The Department of Expenditure will service the Committee. Only the demands of the ex-servicemen were taken up at todays meeting.

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Re: One Rank One Pension for Retired Army Personnel ( OROP )
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2012, 04:24:05 AM »
Ex-servicemen reject hike in pension, say it is ‹“misleading

Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25
As the fine print of the Cabinets decision on additional pension for ex-servicemen emerges, it is clear that the government stopped short of accepting the ‹“one rank, one pension (OROP) formula but there will be an across the board increase in pension for all those who retired before January 1 2006.

Depending on which side you stand, opinions are sharply divided on the hike and the last word on the matter is yet to be spoken with ex-servicemen groups rejecting the additional pension benefits.

The basic pension of all officers who retired before January 1, 2006 will increase between Rs 1,800 and Rs 3,600. The existing 65 per cent of dearness allowance will also be admissible over the increased amount. However, this is not as per the OROP formula.

Despite the increase, officers who retired after January 1, 2006 will get pensions that are way ahead of those who retired before January 1, 2006. The other measures on dual family pension and family pension for physically and mentally handicapped children after marriage have been welcomed.

Sources said as per calculations made so far, the following will be the tentative hike in basic pension for officers who retired before January 1, 2006: Captain Rs 13,850 (existing) to Rs 15,350 (after hike); Major Rs 14,100 to Rs 18,205; Lt Col Rs 25,700 to Rs 26,262; Colonel Rs 26,050 to Rs 27,795; Brigadier Rs 26,150 to Rs 29,145 and Major General Rs 26,700 to 30,350. These figures could be more, depending upon several other factors. This DA would be paid as per prevailing rates. Other payments of military service pay and grade pay factored into the pension calculation formula remain unchanged.

Maj General Satbir Singh (retd), vice-chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, rejected the announcement terming it as "misleading ¯. "What has been given, albeit grudgingly, does not even meet provisions of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) judgments on the matter, ¯ he said in letters shot-off to the Prime Minister with copies to Defence Minister AK Antony and the three Service Chiefs. Two summers ago, the General had led a march to Rashtrapati Bhawan where hundreds of retired personnel returned their medals.

Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa and Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda have welcomed the decision. Bajwa said the remaining demands of serving officers should be met immediately, while Hooda praised Sonia Gandhi for the move.

Explaining the intricacies of OROP, Maj General Singh said, "OROP means that defence personnel with the same rank and same length of service must draw the same pension irrespective of the date of retirement and any future enhancement would be automatically granted to them. What has been announced is not OROP. ¯ The hike has come about after a change in calculations. Till now, the pension for ex-servicemen retiring before January 1, 2006 was calculated as per the lowest pay in the existing pay band.

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Re: One Rank One Pension for Retired Army Personnel ( OROP )
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2012, 09:10:47 AM »

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Re: One Rank One Pension for Retired Army Personnel ( OROP )
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2014, 10:43:24 AM »
Rahul Gandhi backs one rank, one pension demand
Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2014
Around 3 million defence pensioners may finally see their long-standing demand of ‘one rank, one pension (OROP) fulfilled with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reportedly backing the proposal.


 
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Gandhi will meet a delegation of ex-servicemen (ESM) on Friday to discuss the OROP issue, which could boost the Congress’ fortunes in an election year.

"He is taking personal interest in the OROP issue and there could be some forward movement,” a source said. The Congress vice-president will also address an ESM rally in Uttarakhand on February 22.
 
The OROP will ensure that retired soldiers of the same rank and the same length of service receive the same pension, irrespective of their date of retirement. The scheme is estimated to cost Rs. 2,000 crore annually.

Currently, all pre-2006 (the year the 6th pay panel report became effective) pensioners receive lesser pension than not only their counterparts but also their juniors. For instance, a major general who retired in 1995 draws a basic pension of Rs. 30,350 but an officer retiring in the same rank after 2006 gets Rs. 38,500. Similarly, a colonel who retired in 2003 gets Rs. 26,150, compared to Rs. 34,000 drawn by a colonel who retired this year.

Gandhi’s now-famous interventions are seen to produce results, be it raising the cap on LPG cylinders from nine to 12 or junking a controversial ordinance shielding convicted lawmakers.
 
The push for OROP, which will benefit about 600,000 widows, comes at a time when Gandhi has made a strong pitch for women’s empowerment.
 
He also seems to have tapped into a potent source of discontent among defence pensioners.

“My pension is lesser than a colonel’s. It is humiliating. The ESM vote will go to the party that implements the OROP,” said Major General Satbir Singh (retd), who heads an ESM outfit. ESM groups claim they can influence at least three crore votes.

Decorated veterans have in the past returned their medals, gone on hunger strikes and signed petitions in blood to draw the government’s attention to the OROP issue.

The government had in 2009 declared that it had earmarked Rs. 2,200 crore annually to improve the pension of jawans, a step it described as “partial implementation” of the OROP that had benefitted 1.2 million pensioners.


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Re: One Rank One Pension for Retired Army Personnel ( OROP )
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2014, 08:25:33 AM »
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Re: One Rank One Pension for Retired Army Personnel ( OROP )
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2014, 03:10:50 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2014, 07:29:58 PM »
What is 'One Rank, One Pension'?
Monday, February 17, 2014  Agency: DNA

In his recent address to a delegation of ex-military, Rahul Gandhi talked of a certain 'One Rank, One Pension' (OROP) scheme. The eventual announcement of its acceptance in today's interim budget was received with much enthusiasm by the service men who had been demanding this financial security for a very long time.

A Supreme Court ruling from 1983 stated, “Pension is not a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer. It is not an ex-gratia payment, but a payment for past services rendered.”

Keeping this in mind, it will help draw context in understanding the importance of the OROP.

So what does the OROP signify?
Basically, it demands for equal pensions for those of who've retired in a particular year, whilst holding the same position as those who've retired in another year. So for instance, a sepoy who retired in 1995 should be paid the same amount of pension as the one who retired later.

However, so far, that has not been the case. While every pay commission bumps the salaries of government servants, pensions of ex-servicemen remain unchanged

“Whenever successive pay commissions enhance the salaries and consequently the pensions, these are effected only prospectively. The gap between past pensioners and their younger equivalents keeps widening with every successive pay commission,” explains Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, chairman of Indian Ex Servicemen Movement.

“The disparity has become uncomfortably stark after the Sixth Pay Commission. For equal service, a Sepoy, who retired prior to 1996, gets 82% lower pension than a Sepoy who retires after 2006. Similarly, among officers, a pre 1996 Major gets 53% lower pension than his post 2006 counterpart,” he elaborates.

Civil v/s Defence
Also, as compared to the other civil employees, defence personnels do not get to serve as many years as required to procure optimum pension amount. This means, while a civil servant may put in as many as 33 years and secure a 50% pension, a defence personnel would probably be retired much before he completes that many years and so will not be eligible for the same amount of pension.

Considering the rising costs of living, such “standard amounts” of pension can prove to be a financial tragedy in the making.

So, it comes as no surprise Rahul Gandhi's push for implementing OROP would be backed with much vigour by the the defence community.

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« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2014, 09:15:31 AM »

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« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2014, 09:26:22 AM »
‘Govt committed to one rank, one pension’
27 Jun 2014
Hindustan Times


GEN WAS APPRISED OF ACTIVITIES OF BJP’s EX-SERVICEMEN CELL TO UNIFY THE VETERANS AND INFORM THEM OF VARIOUS MEASURES OF THE NDA GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR WELFARE

JAMMU: Union minister of state (MoS) for defence and former Chief of Army Staff Gen VK Singh on Thursday said the present government was committed to the implementation of ‘one rank, one pension’ and it would be implemented soon to the entire satisfaction of the veteran community.

During a meeting with Brig (retd) Anil Gupta, BJP state convener of the Ex-Servicemen Cell at Nagrota on Thursday, Gen Singh enquired about the wellbeing of the veteran fraternity and their welfare.

Brig Gupta apprised the minister of the activities undertaken by the Ex-Servicemen Cell to unify the veterans and inform them of various measures undertaken/planned by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for their welfare.

Brig Gupta also discussed with him number of issues related to the veterans. The other issues discussed with the minister were — inclusion of a clause in the GST (Goods and Serves Tax) about partial/full exemption of goods through CSD (Canteen Stores Department), increase of widow pension from 30% to 50%, special recruitment drive in the army and the Central Armed Police Forces for border area residents and ex-servicemen, improvement in ECHS facilities, promotion of Balidan Stambh as a tourist spot, grant of NonFunctional Upgrade (NFU) to service officers and other ranks retirement to be age based rather than the present system of length of service.

General assured him that he would convey these issues to the ministries concerned and also follow them up.

 

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