Showing posts with label OROP. Show all posts
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Centre to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme, issues implementation table

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One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme will be implemented by the Centre beginning next financial year. The Union Government on Wednesday issued the tables for implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, thereby fulfilling the long-standing demand of the defence personnel after 42 year. Although, a section of veterans is still protesting against the provisions of the pension scheme, Centre seems firm on going ahead with the version rolled out before them in September.

The annual recurring financial implication on account of implementation of OROP at the current rate will be approximately Rs. 7500 crore.

Although, the ex-servicemen had demanded the base date to kept at April 1, 2014, Government has decided to keep it at July 1, 2014. The arrears from July 1 to December 31 will be Rs 10,900 crore. Annual recurring financial implication on account of OROP implementation at pension scale of 2013 would cost a recurring amount of Rs 7,500 crore until the next revision.
Centre to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP)
Centre to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP)
The payment of arrears and revision of pension under OROP is to be made by the Pension Disbursing Authorities in four installments, except for family pensioners and pensioners in receipt of gallantry awards who will be paid arrears in one installment.

The amount of pension will be revised once in five years. Ex-servicemen had strongly objected to the clause, calling it ‘Five rank, one pension’. Instead, they had demanded the revision of pension at every one or two years. However, incorporating the populist demand of the army veterans would further increase the burden on the economy.

The total increase in the Defence Budget for pensions is estimated to go up from Rs. 54,000 crore (BE 2015-16) to around Rs. 65,000 crore (proposed BE 2016-17), thereby increasing the Defence Pension outlay by about 20 percent.

The OROP scheme is set to benefit over 18 lakh ex-servicemen and war widows.

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Indefinite Hunger Strike Over One Rank One Pay (OROP)

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Ex-Servicemen Go On An Indefinie Hunger Strike Over One Rank One Pay

Two of the ex-servicemen agitating at the Jantar Mantar here for over two months now over their demand for non-implementation of One Rank One Pension have gone on a fast unto death. A third Army veteran has now joined an indefinite hunger strike at Delhi's Jantar Mantar.
Indefinite Hunger Strike Over One Rank One Pay (OROP)
Indefinite Hunger Strike Over One Rank One Pay (OROP)
Col Singh and Havildar Major Singh, who began their hunger strike on Monday, have said they were forced to escalate matters after Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to announce OROP in his Independence Day speech on Saturday.

Col Anil Kaul (Retd), media advisor to the United Front of Ex-Servicemen Movement, said the agitation at Jantar Mantar here entered the 64th day on Monday.

The protesters have been on a relay hunger strike so far. Havildar Major had been on relay hunger strike since the agitation started.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech to the nation, had not given a date for implementing OROP, and only said that talks were in the final stages. His statement had upset the ex-servicemen, who vowed to step up their protest.

Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over 600,000 war widows stand to be immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Soldiers retire at the age of 35, and officers from the age of 50, depending on their rank.

Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when he or she retired. So, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws a lower pension than a Lieutenant Colonel who retired after 1996.

Source: Telegraph

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