Friday, February 14, 2014

Rahul Gandhi backs one rank, one pension demand

Rahul Gandhi backs demand of "One-Rank-One-Pension" for ex servicemen, says will make all efforts to ensure it is met at the earliest. - PTI

Earlier News :
Around 3 million defence pensioners may finally see their long-standing demand of ‘one rank, one pension (OROP) fulfilled with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reportedly backing the proposal.
Gandhi will meet a delegation of ex-servicemen (ESM) on Friday to discuss the OROP issue, which could boost the Congress’ fortunes in an election year.
"He is taking personal interest in the OROP issue and there could be some forward movement,” a source said. The Congress vice-president will also address an ESM rally in Uttarakhand on February 22.

The OROP will ensure that retired soldiers of the same rank and the same length of service receive the same pension, irrespective of their date of retirement. The scheme is estimated to cost Rs. 2,000 crore annually.
Currently, all pre-2006 (the year the 6th pay panel report became effective) pensioners receive lesser pension than not only their counterparts but also their juniors. For instance, a major general who retired in 1995 draws a basic pension of Rs. 30,350 but an officer retiring in the same rank after 2006 gets Rs.38,500. Similarly, a colonel who retired in 2003 gets Rs. 26,150, compared to Rs. 34,000 drawn by a colonel who retired this year.
Gandhi’s now-famous interventions are seen to produce results, be it raising the cap on LPG cylinders from nine to 12 or junking a controversial ordinance shielding convicted lawmakers.

The push for OROP, which will benefit about 600,000 widows, comes at a time when Gandhi has made a strong pitch for women’s empowerment.

He also seems to have tapped into a potent source of discontent among defence pensioners.
“My pension is lesser than a colonel’s. It is humiliating. The ESM vote will go to the party that implements the OROP,” said Major General Satbir Singh (retd), who heads an ESM outfit. ESM groups claim they can influence at least three crore votes.
Decorated veterans have in the past returned their medals, gone on hunger strikes and signed petitions in blood to draw the government’s attention to the OROP issue.
The government had in 2009 declared that it had earmarked Rs. 2,200 crore annually to improve the pension of jawans, a step it described as “partial implementation” of the OROP that had benefitted 1.2 million pensioners.
Source : Hindustan Times

4 comments :

COL LAMBA said...

again COMMITING MISTAKE DUE TO disgruntled mentality.. why say my pension is less than col...A COL GETS PENSION OF Rs 27795 & Maj Gen GETS PENSION AS Rs 30350. HOW IT IS LESS.. SAY ARMY HAS NOT GOT NFU STATUS , A CIVILIAN WITH 18 YRS SERVICE [NON SELECTION TYPE] GETS PENSION OF Lt Gen Rs 37500/ & COL SELECTION JUST GET Rs 27795.. AN UTTER SHAME & DOWNGRADATION OF ARMY. A DIG WAS ONE TIME JUNIOR TO Lt COL,DIG HAS BEEN PUT AT PAR WITH BRIG,SO COL HAS NOW BECOME JUNIOR TO DIG ,[FOOLS PARADISE] COMMAND & CONTROL STRUCTURE WILL RUPTURE OF AID TO CIVIL POWER/RR/ASSAM RIFLE .KINDLY RESTORE PRESTIGE & RANK OF COL BY PUTTING COL IN HIGHER BAND TO DIG.SUPREME COURT HAS TOLD TO GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CARE OF PAY SCALE OF COL/BRIG .BULK OF ARMY OFFICER WILL NOT TAKE NOW WAR RISKS, AS THEY KNOW THEY ARE MORE BENEFITED BY NOT WORKING & NOT GOING UP THE LADDER IS MORE BENEFICIAL,
AS THERE IS HARDLY ANY DIFFERENCE IN COL[TS] & COL[SELECTION]. SO WHY BOTHER ATTITUDE WILL PREVAIL.A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR ARMY.ENORMOUS BENEFIT TO TIME SCALE MAJ THAN TIME SCALE LT COL [ALL PROMOTION NO RISK]ALL IAS & IPS OFFICER RETIRE IN SUPER TIME SCALE, BUT IN ARMY COL[SELECTION]& BRIG RETIRE IN MUCH LOWER SCALE AND DENIED THEIR BASIC FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF EQUALITY[ INSPITE OF DIFFICULT WORKING CONDITION IN FAR REMOTE AREA AWAY FROM CIVILISATION.A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR ARMY.BULK OF ARMY OFFICER RETIRES IN COL & BELOW RANK. FOR JUST RS 777/ WHY SLOG FOR LIFE & RISK LIFE,). COL[ SELECTION ]SHOULD BE PLACED ABOVE SUPER TIME SCALE & MAINTAIN FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF EQUALITY & ENSURE NO VIOLATION OF CONSTITUTION

Anonymous said...

As far as JCOs/OR are concerned, the pension of pre and post 2006 retirees could be made equal, only if the pension is fixed based on maximum of pay band+GP+MSP.It was being followed till the 6th CPC.

S.Lakshman Rao said...

The exact issue is all about varying dates between various allowances from a date other than 01.01.2006.Basically this variation has to be made good under different format to ensure that !!! Last pay drawn+Rank Pay=Pension for life.This principle will enhance the life style of family pensioners...This needs to be the mission to anticipate relief to the extent possible by the Government.

S.Lakshman Rao said...

Seventh Pay commission needs to examine in detail only a correct date of effect ...As of now the pay is effective from 01.01.2006 and the allowances are from different date.This needs to be uniform for the entire country.

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