One Rank One Pension : A new wave of expectation rises; Announcements expected in 48 hours
“Although there is no official confirmation from the government, the ex-servicemen’s United Front are ready to accept the demand if it comes with a once-every-two-years pension revision, instead of five.”
Implementation of One Rank One Pension : After crossing multiple hurdles the One Rank One Pension scheme is stuck at one final block. The Government has clarified that it was impossible to revise the pension each year. It is ready for a revision once every five years. But, there are talks that the Government would relax its stand and agree to revise the pension once every two years.
“There is no confirmation from the Government side, but if they agree to revise the pension once every two years, we will accept the term” Major General (Retd) Satbir Singh, who is heading the protests, said.
Sources claim that a section of the ex-servicemen are not ready to accept the once-every-two-years revision. They want to call a general body meeting and discuss it.
Months, weeks, and days have gone. The announcement from the government is now expected in 48 hours. But, there is always the question of whether one should or shouldn’t trust these news.
Many wonder why the demand, that had remained pending for years, suddenly gained momentum and force now. Plenty of reasons are also being attributed to it. Here are the two most important ones –
1. The fact that Modi had voluntarily offered to implement the OROP if he is voted to power. OROP was also included in his election manifesto.
2. Defence pension has not been revised for more than seven years, since the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission came into being. Thousands of army personnel who had retired before 2006 have not been given any pension revision until now. The Government’s refusal to heed to the countless talks, cases, and judgements of various courts has brought the crisis to this stage.
Subedar Major/Hony Lt Sudhakar says
Sadiyose dhul matti me pada OROP ko announce karke Hamara Poojya Modiji & NDA sarkar Dhanya Huva.
Wish You all da Best
Subedar Major/Hony Lt
Ex Nb/.Sub/Clk Mohd Munir Khan says
With due respect I would like to know about the news that as per information in circulation that those ex-servicemen who took voluntary retirement on compassionate ground are not entitled for OROP.
In my case I took VRS after serving 24 years in Infantry Regiment. My querry is that am I entitled for OROP OR Not.
Thanks and Regards,
BALACHANDRAN NAIR PK says
I have only four years of service, 1962 to 66, and as per Para 132 of Pension regulation 1961 minimum 15 years qualifying service is mandatory for grant of service pension ( OIC Records AMC c/o 99 APO informed me of late). It means that those who have qualifying service of fourteen years and 11 months are not eligible for pension. The moot question, then, is that as to how and why these Lt. generals and Major generals are sitting (hunger strike)in New Delhi demanding one rank one pension. Even retired generals and their families are also supporting for the demand, when they are fully aware that there is no mention, even, in the said pension regulation act for OROP. Here kindly note that those who are getting good pension, better medical treatment in almost all major private hospitals, canteen facilities and other French benefits are going on demanding 3% increment in their pension for every year. Anyhow FM & DM can take relief that there is no demand for last drawn salary as pension which is being given in UN and its subsidiaries like WHO, UNESCO and others. Why the Govt is not going to acceded to their demands when wind-fall revenue received from auction- ing oil fields, 2G spectrum and coal fields? But the question is that whether the so called ex-servicemen’s union, and the veterans, had requested to sanction a proportionate pension, the least, to those who have more than 3 years of qualifying service but, unfortunately, less than fifteen years? Or to extend the welfare schemes available for military pensioners?
In fact there was no war since 1971 (with Pakistan). So those who had joined in the Army post 1971 and retired, do not know what is the wars- the deaths, disabilities and so on. The causalities in SriLanka in the name peace corps sent by India are concerned to someone? But the same people are demanding for more pensions in the name of one rank one pension, which is prevailing in para military and even central civil service. Very recently only Govt has issued orders for fixation of pension of all pensioners, including civilians, right from 1.1.2006 based on Hon’ble Supreme Court judgements. Earlier, many of them received arrears from 24.09.2012 which is now extended from 1.1.2006.(120 months arrears) What is the merit for that? What is the definition for it? Whether army officers, JCOs and others are getting only small pension. My understanding is that better pension is being paid to officers and JCOs. It is all when those who have less than 15 years are not been given any kind of pension or extended welfare schemes. The haves are given more and more but the have not ANYTHING. In other words those who had triple bada khana of army officers mess styles going to give soft bed and cot to relax in A/c room. And those who are not given anything have to relax on the streets drinking water from the municipality taps? I am not against any of the military pensioners. They should be given adequate amount for decent living, especially those who took part in the three wars ie; in 1962 with China and in 1965 & 1971 with Pakistan. Here many of them demanding unknown monies in the shadow of those who took part in the wars, including the widows. A govt, if elected by the people of INDIA, must do justice to all equally (refer article 14 and 21 of Indian Constitution)and who are not capable of showing strength, strikes and such manners where news papers are also supporting them without knowing the actual factors and ground realities. In 1962 our battalion was asked to be ready to go to Himalayas for war with China. It was in 1965 I was posted nearer to Chinese border “Nat hang” when China warned India to withdraw its armed forces from Sikkim within 24 hours. Now Sikkim is one of the Indian States. There was no pakka barracks and family quarters undergrounds as available now. But only tents. Snow-bite was one of the diseases. No demarcation of borders. The stream flowing was the only demarcation. Northern side was for China and the southern side is of ours.(reminisce: On the occasions of festivals we used to invited Chinese soldiers to our kitchen and as well as they too. After all solders world are the same. But there is vast difference between Chinese soldiers and Pakistan. POW returned from China after 1962 war there was good behaviour from Chinese side. But the case of 1965 and 1971 is pain full. All I was received for the service was food for four years and one tooth was taken way during the training period by Usthad just to reminisce of army days. No pension no welfare. But someone taking away the fats in the name of OROP. I have no voice- no union -no leader- to sit in Delhi maiden due to overage -71- and so many diseases one after one when wife is bed ridden after a major surgery. Lesson: Had there was no war with China in 1962. What should have been India’s future. Green flag over red fort?
Now the fortune of ex servicemen is very good. They are getting revised pension from 1.1.2006 (arrears from 224.9.2012 already received and revised Basic pension and DR is drawing since then), One rank one pension, increment once in two years and finally 7th CPC recommendations for them. If govt issued big sack to collect the money from ATM, BANK, it is added flavour for these military veterans?