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Monday, 23 February 2015

OROP struggle looks nearing end

The Indian Ex-Servicemen’s Movement (IESM) spearheading the veterans’ one rank, one pension (OROP) demand has correctly applied three of the principles of war albeit in a peaceful struggle, namely maintenance of aim and momentum and concentration of force to set themselves on the road to what could be a victory. The timing of their rally in New Delhi pushed all the right buttons forcing the govt to act. It’s now up to politicians to show some decisive will.The rally itself was attended by 10,000 determined veterans and included war widows. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar invited a delegation of the IESM for discussions even as the rally was underway. 

He assured them that the proposal to implement OROP would be despatched to the finance ministry by February 17 (it has been delayed till the 23rd). In the proposal, there would be no dilution of the OROP, which would be as per the definition approved by Parliament. This is welcome news considering all the confusion created by ministers’ ill-considered statements. General Satbir Singh, chairman and members of the IESM, can rightly claim this as a victory.
In addition, the military pension would be treated as a special pension, different from others, because of the hardships innate in a career in the defence services. Another decision communicated to the veterans was that in cases of personnel of the same seniority being promoted at different times, the highest pension of that year of that rank would be granted. Also, OROP equalization will be done annually. Lastly, the OROP would be applicable with effect from April 1, 2014, irrespective of the date the government letter is issued. Now, we await budgetary provisions. This is not the end, however, and veterans need to keep their powder dry. 

http://www.hindustantimes.com/chandigarh/orop 

14 comments :

  1. Preserving 'x' and 'y' group amongst service personnel (pbors) again while implementing one rank one pension will inevitably invite another litigation. No body can even dream such classifications amongst officers of flying/non-flying and or technical / non-technical branches. This ploy of classification even after retirement precludes the spirit of orop as framed by Koshiari Commitment as well as verdict given by none other than Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.

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    1. Sir, As group X and Y still exist in Military service hence can not be ignored while calculating ORPO by considering all ex-serviceman pension in group X and more over OROP can be hardly equated for past and future up gradation of pension Thanks -JCR

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    2. This is not the matter of group X and Y, as per the definition of OROP, it is One rank one pension. In one rank only one pension, it is very simple. Our defence minister being a iitean, is not able to understand simple definition of OROP for last ten months.

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  2. dear sir.is there any change in minimum pension(now 3500) of service element of disability pension of recruits as par orop pl carify

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  3. Sir will the OROP according to the DRaft GOvt Letter or any changes like x and y groups ? Let me us all know the latest likely rates of pension and disability pension. Thanks and hats off to one and all fighting for orop.

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  4. Sir kindly let me know the latest rates of pension and disability pension. Is the orop as per draft govt letter or x and y group wise. Thanks and hats off to one and all who fighting for orop. JAI HIND.

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  5. Categories of gp x y must be dispensed with in terms of the quoted verbatim of orop.

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  6. I do agree with Chandan Kumar Panda.

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  7. The main problem with grouping in orop is every year the difference in both the groups will widen as now group x pay is part of pay which also counts for annual increment of 3%. Earlier, the pay scales for both groups were distinct but used to remain fixed up to next pay commission.

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  8. Why the people bothoring about group,orop means same rank same service same pension,now forget groups

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  9. Reinstating government’s commitment on implementing the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ policy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the issue is pending as the method of calculating pension is stuck between the Armed Services and the Defence Ministry.
    “I have already in the last Budget said that we are going to implement ‘One Rank, One Pension’. This need not be stated on every occasion. We are completely committed to it,” Jaitley told reporters here when asked about the delay in launching the scheme.
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    Explaining the reasons behind the delay, the Minister said: “The methodology of calculating the One Rank, One Pension is an issue pending between the Services and the Defence Ministry.”
    As and when that idea is formulated, not only it should be implemented, it will be implemented, he added.
    “You may only notice that I have today, despite the squeeze, increased the allocation for Defence by almost Rs 25,000 crore,” Jaitley said.
    Last month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that ‘One rank, One pension’ scheme will be rolled out soon.
    The scheme, which seeks 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, has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen in the country.

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  10. Is the rate of special family pension also being revised from sept 2012

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  11. we thank all vetarans and our DEFENCE MINISTER for their full efforts given to this OROP

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