One Rank One Pension Latest News By IESM (11th April 2015)
OROP LATEST NEWS BY IESM
IESM has been spearheading the your fight for OROP. IESM has met almost all the officers in line to sanction OROP, arranged rallies in Delhi and other parts of country, sat on hunger strike, deposited our precious gallantry medals to the President and submitted memos signed with our blood to President and Government. Last but not the least even flexed out muscle of vote power.
All these methods put together had their impact and Government both UPA and NDA agreed to grant our long cherished and most deserving demand of OROP. OROP was finally granted by Government in budget presented in 2014. But this was not the final and last step for OROP, in-fact this was the first positive step to OROP. Most of us are unaware of serpentine galleries of Government which a file has to travel for approval.
It has taken more than one year for IESM to convince the powers that be that ESM will not accept any dilution in definition of OROP. Raksha Mantri Mr Manohar Parikkar is a man of principle and he understood the nuances of OROP and also the neglect of ESM since last many decades. He took it upon himself to over rule all objections raised by MOD/CDA/DESW combine about OROP. He approved OROP and sent the file to Finance Minister.
Good news has just come that OROP file has been cleared and OROP has been given political clearance also.
Mr Nitin Gokhle met RM Mr Manohar Parikkar on 9 Apr 15. RM has confirmed to him that OROP has been approved at all levels and has been given political clearance also. Nitin Gokhle had been cleared by RM to inform the environment. Accordingly he sent a message for approval of OROP . His message is repeated below.
April 10, 2015 12:23 IST
Military veterans are finally set to get their dues following Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s assertion that the ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme is just weeks away from being implemented, reports Nitin Gokhale.
The long-pending ‘One Rank One Pension,’ scheme meant to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, is now weeks away from actual implementation, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.
Speaking to this correspondent in Delhi on Thursday, April 9, the minister said: “All hurdles, including a political clearance on its financial implications, have been removed. Now the actual calculation and administrative details are being worked out. We are sure to get the scheme rolling in the next few weeks.”
Admitting that there is huge skepticism over the implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme, Parrikar said: “This time we have ensured that nothing goes wrong.”
The long-standing demand has been an emotive issue with defence pensioners for almost half a decade with many of them even marching in protest several times to Rashtrapati Bhavan between 2008 and 2010 to return their gallantry medals.
IESM CONVEYS ITS SINCERE THANKS TO THE GOVERNMENT AND RAKSHA MANTRI MR MANOHAR PARIKKAR FOR FULFILLING PROMISE MADE IN THEIR MANIFESTO.
Dear veterans it is time to celebrate. We can have a drink tonight and celebrate OROP which is likely to see day light after 30 years of struggle.
Our real struggles starts today as we have to ensure that language of Government notification is not tweaked to take away the advantage of OROP.
ESM’s have had very sour experience in past wherein advantage of Rank Pay and 6CPC were denied to ESM by tweaking few words in the Government letters. This resulted in long court battles which ofcourse have been won by ESM. Armed Forces Hq and all ESM organisations will have to ensure that the Government letter issued is true to spirit of OROP.
VETERANS; THIS HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY UNITY OF VETERANS FOR OROP. LET US REMAIN UNITED TO IMPROVE CONDITION OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
IESM will report more details as and when received.
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
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