Saturday, June 6, 2009

Defence Pension : One rank-one pension report by month-end

The UPA Govt has now promised tp resolve the long standing issue by this month end.
In her address to the joint sitting of Parliament on Friday, President Pratibha Patil said the committee headed by cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar had "already commenced its work and expects to complete it by the end of June 2009''.

Just before the crucial fourth phase of polling on May 7, the defence ministry had declared that a high-level committee headed by the cabinet secretary had been constituted to "reduce the gap in the pensionary benefits to officers and jawans, bringing it as close to OROP as possible''.

But slapped with a notice from the Election Commission for violating the model code of conduct, the government had swiftly backtracked and denied that the government has constituted any special committee for the purpose.

The grouse of ex-servicemen is that all political parties have used OROP to garner votes but have never implemented it after coming to office. The government had obviously announced the setting up of the committee to counter the BJP's strong `Jai Jawan' tune in its manifesto.

The defence community of 14 lakh serving and 23 lakh retired military personnel, after all, swells into a sizable votebank of around 1.5 crore people if family members are taken into account.

The UPA government, however, is promising only a partial implementation of OROP at best, with the defence ministry itself acknowledging that full implementation is simply not feasible "administratively''.

The defence ministry, however, admits that a case does exist for bringing the quantum of pension of pre-January 1996/October 1997 pensioners at par with post-January 1996/October 1997 and pre-January 2006 ones because the gap between the pensions of past and present retirees has considerably widened after the 6th Pay Commission.

This will entail an additional financial burden of only around Rs 500-600 crore annually, with the government keen to reduce the present four categories of pensioners to only two broad ones of pre and post January 2006 retirees.

"Full OROP implementation, in turn, could mean an annual outgo of around Rs 1,200-1,300 crore, apart from payment of arrears in the range of Rs 4,000 crore,'' said an official.
Source : The Times of India.

8 comments:

Dhayal said...

Sir, Our government is trying to give one rank one pension but it is not able to pay pension equally to those retired during Vth pay commission. Pensioner retired from 01 Jan 1996 to 30 Oct 1997 is getting less pension to those retired after 30 Oct 1997. One hand government given the benefit of Vth pay commission whereas there is two category in same pay commission. I think it is not possible to provide one rank one pension to all.Firstly government should look into matter to give equal pension to pensioner those retired during 01 Jan 1996 to 31 Dec 2005. Why only pesonnel retired during 22 months(ie 01 Jan 96 to 30 Oct 1997)are separted to other pensioners.

shinn said...

One rank = one pay? Why not make name it the Rank Pay program?

alister1967 said...

We are sad to say that the present government of India does not stand by their commitments to ex-servicemen pensioners of defense forces in our country. The one rank one pension is to be implemented.

I think we will have to wait till the next government comes to power.

abha said...

hi.

this time i m very up set fr bank and its working and some my cooligs behavior i had resigned on 15 jan 2010.

alister1967 said...

Sir, I regret to inform you that only the male members are entitled to One Rank One Pension. What about the widow's of defense Personals who have lost their lives protecting our nation at large. I suggest that all wives of defense Personals who have expired during service or otherwise retired from service and expired at a later date should also be entitled to the One Rank One Pension Scheme. The victums are still the ladies who get only half pension and they are the ones who still suffer. We need to look into it with urgency and give the family pensioners the same increment as those defense Personals who are still alive and drawing pension

alister1967 said...

Sir, I regret to inform you that only the male members are entitled to One Rank One Pension. What about the widow's of defense Personals who have lost their lives protecting our nation at large. I suggest that all wives of defense Personals who have expired during service or otherwise retired from service and expired at a later date should also be entitled to the One Rank One Pension Scheme. The victums are still the ladies who get only half pension and they are the ones who still suffer. We need to look into it with urgency and give the family pensioners the same increment as those defense Personals who are still alive and drawing pension

raj said...

DEFENCE PERSONNEL OF CPO/JWO/JCO ARE CHEATED BY GOVT--WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1 JAN 96--TO 09 OCT 97--THEY ARE GETTING PENSION LESSER THAN 10-OCT 97-RETIREES DUE TO SILLY N STUPID OFFICERS MEMBERS OF FIFTH PAY COMMISSION--THE RETIREES OF 1JAN 96 --09OCT 97--HAVE LOST PAY N PENSIONS ARREARS DUE TO THE NEGLIGENCE OF SOME STUPID BOARD/COMMISSION MEMBERS---WILL SOMEONE FROM THE GOVT WILL WAKEUP TO GIVE THE JUNIOR COMMISSINED OFFICERS--CALLED THE BACKBONE OF ARMED FORCES--JUSTICE--OF 5600/-RS P.M N N0T AT THE RATE OF4650/-RS P,M---RAJESH MALHAN EX CPO INDIAN NAVY--A PETINER N WINNER FROM SUPREME /HIGH COURT

raj said...

we of jco/cpo/jwo--ranks retired between 01-jan 96--09 oct 97--have been cheated by govt--we are back bone of the armed forces--commissioned by the president of india--we are getting pension @4650/-p.m--n--not @5600/-rs p,m--also lost the service payment of this period--n--pension also all these years--is there someone in the govt who will give justice--inspite of high court orders--govt not implementing--case no CWP-19637-20008--HNLE--HIGH COURTS OF PUNJAB&HARYANA--CHANDIGARH---RAJESH MALHAN PETIONER

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