Monday, February 2, 2015

One Rank One Pension to be finalised by Defence Ministry this week – Proposal to be sent to Finance Ministry

OROP is expected by more than 20 lakh Ex-Servicemen which was agreed in principal by Govt during February 2014

As retried veterans of the armed forces converge on the national capital to protest non-implementation of the “one rank-one pension” (OROP) scheme on Sunday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the modalities will be finalised by next week and the file will be sent to the Finance Ministry for further action.Parrikar, while speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a defence function, said: “Discussions are on to fix the modalities (for the OROP)… By next week, the view of the Defence Ministry will be formed.”The OROP issue has been fast-tracked, Parrikar said adding he had already held several meetings on it. The scheme was sanctioned by the previous government on February 17 last year. On February 26, the then Defence Minister AK Antony issued executive orders to implement OROP under the “approved” definition at the earliest.
Parrikar said as and when the exact implementation status for the scheme is finalised by the Defence Ministry, it will be sent to the Ministry of Finance. Parrikar had in December said if he could take the satisfaction level (of the retired armed forces personnel) to 80-90 per cent, it should be “a good enough solution”. This had not been taken kindly to by the veterans who wanted a clarification on what the 80 per cent satisfaction level meant.
The Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) wanted to know the formula being adopted for OROP saying it would not accept OROP other than the one already accepted by the government.
The definition accepted by the Ministry of Defence is the one the Rajya Sabha Petitions Committee chaired by Bhagat Singh Koshyari suggested in December 2011.
OROP, it said, “implies that uniform pension be paid to armed forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.”
Source: The Tribune

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015


General Dalbir Singh                                             
PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC                              
Chief of the Army Staff 
Integrated HQs of  Ministry of Defence (Army)
South Block, New Delhi-110011

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha                              
PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC                                                                            
Chief of the Air Staff & Chairman,
Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC),                                  
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Air Force)
Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011

Admiral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC                                                                           Chief of the Naval Staff                                                                                
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy)             
South Block, New Delhi -110011

            On behalf of IESM and on my own behalf I wish the New Year Bring Lots of Happiness, Achievements and Glory to you and Service you are honoured to lead.
            I would like to draw your attention to the most important statement of hon’bleRakshaMantri as reported in The Times of India dated 01 Jan 2015 in New Delhi Edition as New Year gift to Armed Forces. Though we are happy he noticed grave deficiencies of important items such as bullet proof jackets and Snow boots to be given to our troops deployed in extreme High Altitude Areas performing life threatening op duties, what shocked us is his statement “only 80% of veterans will get OROP at a cost of Rs 6,000 per annum.”
RM has been making conflicting and questionable statements ever since has taken over.
·         OROP cannot be dynamic in nature. When pay goes up because of increments it cannot be passed on to pensioners. His interview to The Economic Times.
·         80% Satisfaction is what I am aiming to achieve. Even in real life we cannot get 100%. His comments in The Headlines Today conclave in Dec 2014 in New Delhi.
·         Only 80% of veterans will get OROP at a cost of Rs 6,000 per annum. His statement reported by The Times of India dated 01 Jan 2015 at page no 11.
            You know the implication of this statement which I do not find any reason to disbelieve. This means OROP is given to only 80% who are Sepoys and those of 20% who are NCOs, JCOs and Officers will not be given OROP. The bureaucrats have appeared to have sold the idea to break up this Defence fraternity into majority Sepoy group by giving them OROP and isolate minority 20%.
            Pl consider the after effects of this nefarious design of bureaucrats. The serving community will be divided vertically. You will have to compare this with what Mr ArunJaitely told us “Lower your Expectations”
            I am bringing to your notice a famous quote of Sir Wiston Churchill:   “Indian Army is not so much an arm of the executive branch as it is of the Indian people.  Military professionals have an obligation to ensure that the political leaders are counseled and alerted to the needs and necessities of military life. This cannot be done by adhering to the notion that military profession is silent order of monks, isolated from the political realm.”
            There is need for the three serving Chiefs to speak to RM and PM at the earliest to stop this anticipated division  in the  structure of Armed Forces which will seriously and adversely effect the operational efficiency.  Please don’t let that happen in the implementation of OROP. Dear Chiefs you may not be affected today but future generations will face the ill effects of this policy in five to ten years and it will be difficult to reverse the trend at that time.

            You are therefore, requested to jointly and strongly take up the issue with the Govt.  It will be against the SC Judgement where in while adjudicating a case of Armed Forces Veteran said unambiguously that “Either you give a benefit to all or do not give it at all.  You cannot give something to a few and deny the same to others”.  Defence Forces are composite structure and have set ethos, morals and values which must be preserved.  The very fabric of Armed Forces will be broken if OROP is given to some and denied to some when it has been sanctioned by two parliaments with specific definition for All Armed Forces Personnel. 

            I rest my case here and leave judgment to you to do what you want.
            With regards
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
Chairman IESM
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Monday, December 29, 2014

PIB release on below circular

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
12-August-2014 12:46 IST
Payment of DA on Pension of Ex-Servicemen
Guidelines issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare for payment of Dearness Relief to re-employed pensioners have been extended by this Ministry to the ex-servicemen re-employed in civil posts. These guidelines are as under:-

• The pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts of the ranks of Commissioned Officers at the time of their retirement is fixed at the same stage as last drawn before their retirement. These pensioners are not entitled to any Dearness Relief on pension on their re-employment in civil posts.

• The pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts below the ranks of Commissioned Officers (PBOR) at the time of their retirement is fixed at the minimum of the pay scale of the post in which they are re-employed. Such pensioners are entitled to Dearness Relief on pension on their re-employment in civil posts.

• If the pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts, below the ranks of Commissioned Officer (PBOR) at the time of their retirement before attaining the age of 55 years, is fixed at a higher stage because of advance increments and no protection of the last pay drawn is being given, the pay is treated as fixed at a minimum of the pay scale for the purposes of ignoring the entire pension and allowing Dearness Relief on pension.

It is expected that the aforesaid guidelines are being implemented by all banks uniformly without prejudice to the ex-servicemen category. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to ShriMahendra Singh Mahrain Rajya Sabha today.



Circular 166

Sunday, December 28, 2014

‘One rank, one pension’ scheme before next Budget: Parrikar

The Tribune

Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister
Panaji, December 26
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the ‘one rank, one pension’ policy would be implemented in the defence forces before the next Budget.
“One rank, one pension policy will be implemented. We are right now working on its detailing,” Parrikar said. The implementation has lot of financial implications which are being worked out, he said.
“It has a lot of financial implications. Details would be available only once we work it out,” Parrikar said.
‘One rank, one pension’ policy means soldiers of the same rank and same length of service get the same pension irrespective of their retirement date. Parrikar said the announcement to implement the policy was made in the last Budget.
“Now we will have to implement it. I have kept a target that it will be implemented before the next Budget. My effort is to ensure that it should be implemented as soon as possible. My target is that it should not wait for the next Budget,” he said.
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha recently, the Congress had accused the government of delaying the implementation of the scheme. The OROP had been announced in the Interim Budget in February, but was yet to be implemented, Congress MP from Rohtak, Deepender Hooda, said in Parliament.
Deepender Hooda accused the bureaucracy of trying to dilute the original meaning of OROP as defined by the Koshiyari Committee, which was the petition committee of the Rajya Sabha. Hooda had asked the government to come out and announce the implementation of OROP. — PTI

Thursday, December 18, 2014

One Rank, One Pension: Is the bureaucracy back to the same old game of delay dilute and deny?

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December 2, 2014, 6:58 pm IST V Mahalingam in In Search of Propriety|India| TOI
The entire military veterans’ community which includes the war disabled and the widows are dismayed and feel betrayed at the inordinate delay in implementing the One Rank One Pension (OROP) by the government.
The Koshyari committee, a multi-party parliamentary committee recommended OROP in its report presented to the Parliament on December 19, 2011. After procrastinating over the report for more than 3 years, the erstwhile UPA government announced the grant of OROP on the floor of the Parliament as a part of the interim Budget presented on Feb 17, 2014.
Immediately thereafter, the then defence minister convened a meeting to discuss the modalities for the implementation of OROP. The meeting was attended among others by the minister of state for defenceJitendra Singh, the defence secretary RK Mathur, secretary ex-servicemen’s welfare SangitaGairola, secretary defence finance ArunavaDutt, the three service vice chiefs  and the adjutant generals or equivalents from the services headquarters.
A Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing) release issued after the meeting stated that the defence minister “assured the services that the government was fully committed to implement the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) policy and that required funds will be made available to ensure its implementation”. It further went on to define OROP thus:
“OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the armed forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners”.
This definition is in conformity with the Supreme Court’s judgment in the famous Major General SVS Veins Vs Union of India case.
The defence minister had also during the meeting directed the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) to initiate immediate steps in consultation with the three services, ministry of defence finance and department of ESW to give effect to the decision. He had also emphasized that family pensioners and disability pensioners would be included.
The BJP government reaffirmed their commitment to OROP in their Budget 2014 – 15 presented at the Parliament on 10 July 2014 (paragraph 140). Prime Minister Modi too had promised OROP in his very first election rally besides echoing his resolve on the issue subsequently during his visits to various defence establishments.
Despite nine months having gone by, the bureaucracy is still sitting in audit of the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations and the Prime Minister’s announcements and perhaps attempting to redefine OROP. If nine months are not good enough for an organisation to work out the details with a clear definition of what they ought to be doing, those in authority in the organisation have no business to continue in service.
It now appears that the CGDA has come out with a projection of 9000 crores as the additional burden on the exchequer to implement the OROP whereas the service headquarters have estimated a requirement of 5000 crores. The CGDA has not provided the details of their calculations to the Service Headquarters. The projection by the CGDA, the veterans’ community therefore believes is flawed and meant to mislead the defence minister. If the calculations are genuine, why keep it a secret ask the veterans. Even if the expenditure is as projected by the CGDA, is it too much of a price for the nation to pay to those who risk their life at the cost of their family’s welfare and their children’s future development at their old age?
Veterans also point to the alacrity with which the bureaucracy implemented the non-functional upgradation (NFU) to officers of organised group ‘A’ services. The report of the Sixth Central Pay Commission was submitted to finance minister P Chidambaram by Justice BN Srikrishna on March 24, 2008. The cabinet approved sixth pay commission recommendations with some modifications on August 14, 2008 and the NFU proposal was implemented on April 24, 2009 vide ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions department of personnel and training 0M No.AB.14017/64/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 24.4.2009 barely 13 months after the report was submitted to the government by the commission.
It is an irony that while 100 % officers of the Organised Group ‘A’ Services are covered under the NFU and thus eligible to draw the salary of a Joint Secretary at a service of 19 years, only 0.8 % of the Defence Services Officers would be eligible for a similar treatment after 28 years of service. The system has been so engineered that it places 100% officers of the Organised Group ‘A’ services under the ambit of OROP. Where is the parity between the Civil and Military now, a plea under which the military was brought within the civil services pay and pension system? How can two streams of services with diverse service conditions and terms of retirement have the same pay and pension structure? Where has justice and fair play gone?
The Veterans point out that before the Government had made the announcement regarding implementation of OROP on 17 February 2014 in the Parliament, the financial effects of implementing the scheme would have been worked out and a green signal given to the proposal by the very same bureaucracy which is now sitting in judgment of the Government’s announcement in the Parliament and blocking its implementation. Is the Government being run by the political leadership or the bureaucracy?
Veterans allege that the bureaucracy acts as a stumbling block in every issue that has a positive impact on the soldiers even going to the extent of challenging court verdicts providing minimal financial benefits to Veterans, war disabled and widows in the Supreme Court. The government is prepared to spend money, time, and effort fighting cases even where the financial implications are insignificant but supporting the soldiering community is a total No No. The aim is to frustrate the community and make them run around lawyers and courts at their advanced age spending their valuable time and money fighting a legal battle with the mighty state.
It is time the Prime Minister sees the plot. Delay is an instrument which is exploited by the bureaucracy to deny people their right besides forcing people to pay a bribe to get their file moving. In this case it is a fundamental ethos of the bureaucracy to keep the soldiers begging for everything that they rightly deserve.
The Veterans are an aging community. Inordinate delay in implementing a long standing issue which could provide them with some relief at their old age only gives a feeling that those in the Government who have a moral responsibility to look after the soldiering community at their old age are merely waiting in anticipation for the aged to wither away as time passes. A large number passed away without seeing the Rank Pay arrears. Let that not happen in the case of OROP.

Friday, October 31, 2014

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Will clear hurdles, hike OROP funding: VK Singh

  Hindustan Times  Arainpura (Karnal), October 13, 2014 
Aiming at gaining support of ex-servicemen in the Haryana assembly elections, Union minister and former army chief VK Singh said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would “soon clear bureaucratic hurdles” to implement the ‘one rank-one pension’ (OROP) scheme for the armed forces. Urging the people to “throw stones” at other parties, Singh said the Centre had allotted Rs. 1,000 crore for the implementation of the OROP scheme in the budget. He was addressing a rally in support of the party’s nominee from Gharaunda, Harvinder Kalyan, who had recently joined the saffron party. Once a close aide of late chief minister Bhajan Lal, Kalyan quit the Congress in 2005 and joined the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) floated by Bhajan Lal. Then he joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and contested the 2009 elections unsuccessfully as its candidate. 
Meanwhile, Singh, Union minister of state for external affairs, said the Centre would increase the OROP allocation and “may start disbursing dues in installments”. He claimed, “The Congress government did nothing for the ex-servicemen. The BJP upon assuming power paved the way for fulfillment of the long-pending demand. Though the Centre has made up its mind to implement the scheme, files are pending with bureaucrats. I am sure these would be cleared soon.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One Rank One Pension: Why are ex-servicemen disillusioned with successive govts?

Why are ex-servicemen disillusioned with successive govts?

 Ex-servicemen have protested to PM Modi that his government
 too has failed to fulfil the promise of 'one rank, one pension' –OROP
 that was part of his party's poll campaign and a definite promise to
 our veteran soldiers. Embarrassingly, for the BJP government, 
ex-servicemen plan a rally to ask why this government has yet 
to issue an order demand OROP 

The long-standing demand of ex-servicemen for ‘one rank, one pension’
 (OROP) was accepted by the Indian government in February 2014
with the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram making an announcement
 in this regard in the Interim Budget. The next government led by
Narendra Modi too accepted the demand for OROP in the Parliament.
 While both the governments stated that 'money or funding is not an issue',
 there still is no order issued for implementing OROP.

"The Defence Veteran community is disillusioned with the National
 Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, and particularly with Prime
Minister Modi. We believed Modi to be a man of his word and commitment,
and would implement the OROP. Remember, OROP was agreed to not
 only by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, but also
 by Modi-led NDA government. The issue was discussed in two
successive budgets, with government promising of providing funds
 (Paison ki Problem Nahin Hai) needed, on the floor of Parliament.
However, it is with a sense of betrayal that the Veteran Community
still awaits implementation orders for OROP, despite passage of
over six months of its passage in Parliament," Cdr Ravindra Waman Pathak (Retd).

India's defence budget is in the region of $46 billion or about Rs3 lakh crore.
The OROP would cost 1.3% or Rs4,000 crore of the defence budget.
China's defence budget size is $126 billion i.e. more than Rs8 lakh crore.
Manpower wise, India has 13.25 lakh active military personnel and 21.43
lakh active reserves compared with China's 22.85 lakh active military
personnel and 23 lakh active reserves.

Cdr Pathak is also member of the Governing Body and Pension Cell
 of Indian Ex Servicemen Movement. He said, "If the implementation
orders are not yet out, we wonder when the money would land up in
one's bank account, given the snail's pace of the Controller General
 of Defence Accounts, working leisurely under the Ministry of Defence.
 How many more aging veterans would pass on/ die, before seeing
 their dues in their Bank?"

Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) is also organising a rally
 at Nagpur on 12 October 2014, to express their disappointment
 with the Government's delay. 

Earlier in February 2014, slamming the "delay" by UPA in granting
 'one-rank, one-pension' for ex-servicemen, Narendra Modi had
accused Congress of playing "fraud" with the armed forces.
 “The government, which is sitting in Delhi has always been playing
 a farce with the Armed Forces. Before this also, a number of times,
the Finance Minister of Congress had made announcements about
One Rank One Pension (OROP) but never fulfilled it. Even this time
since I am repeatedly talking about it, they have announced it but
 this is a "fraud" (dhokha) with you. Had Congress party been honest,
 they had the chance to it in 10 budgets from 2004 to 2014. But they
 did not do it," Modi had said.

The 'deeply hurt, bruised and wounded conscience of ex-servicemen
 of India's Armed Forces', expressed their anguish towards the bureaucracy,
which they feel is responsible for the step-motherly treatment meted out to
 defense forces. The veterans, in an letter sent to PM Modi, say, "It is this
specially empowered bureaucracy which, without even a shred of any
commensurate knowledge, over the past 67 years, has mastered and
 honed the craft of repeatedly hurting the pride and morale of the soldiers'
right from the Chiefs to the sepoy. 'Jai Jawan' is handy only at crunch time
or prior to elections, where after the Armed Forces are routinely relegated
to the status of a 'necessary evil' type heavy baggage that the nation,
perforce, has to be burdened with. This bureaucracy has been successful
 in contouring the political thought process in the same mould."

"In sheer desperation, post numerous appeals to the political leadership,
 they (the defense veterans) collected at Jantar Mantar, the newly baptized
 Mecca of protests, to, virtually, beg for One Rank One Pension -OROP.
This was seen in the same light as any other 'rag tag' event of Indian street
 protests. No one listened to them and none cared. Now, more confused,
they returned their medals to the President of India, the supreme commander
of the Indian Armed Forces. These medals, which they were decorated with
 during their uniformed tenures, were symbols of their selfless service, dignity,
 valour and pride. Not one word from the supreme commander.  Some pension
 increase was doled out about a year ago, again, in the name of OROP but
 miles off the target.  Actual OROP was a resounding NO by the bureaucrats
 and, consequently, the government. The beleaguered lot appealed to the
courts for various acts of omissions. However, their legitimate arrears, despite
having been ordered for payment, by the courts, continue to be denied by the
 government whose attorneys are filing away plea after repeated plea to reverse
or stall these orders against the normal alibi of 'what about civilians'?," they said.

"Then, came the first budget of the new government. The Finance Minister,
 also doubling as the Defence Minister, presented his budget to an over-
expectant nation that wanted to hear the loud echoes of your election rallies
 in the financial roadmap to India's 'achhe din'. What came out was, mostly,
routine and safe bets, as if all your 'bold steps to be taken' had been hijacked,
 once again and obviously, by the bureaucrats. The FM did proclaim sanctioning
of the OROP, finally, with a layout of Rs1,000 crore. This was not even one fourth
 of the requisite amount. Thus, the UPA II's gambit was almost repeated.
 This was stunning, unbelievable but true. Again, no formal government
 orders about the implementation."

"Parting with this miniscule component of GDP for OROP will not only rebuild
 pride and morale of this vital and national human resource but will send a
 positive signal to the entire edifice of Indian armed forces which is required
to remain rock solid for the non-negotiable unity and integrity of India. Lastly,
I wish to submit that if you think that OROP would severely dent India's economy
 and the 'steel frame', please inform the ESMs in clear terms and as a finality.
At least they would start breathing and stop chasing an Indian mirage,
" the letter sent to PM Modi said.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



Letter to Hon'ble Prime Minister by Hon'ble M.P.


Ex-Servicemen return Medals