One Rank One Pension: Ex-servicemen unhappy with govt's announcement of pension hike
NEW DELHI: Ex-servicemen are unhappy with the pension hike announced by government saying it amounted to "wrong and deceitful" treatment of their long-pending 'One Rank One Pension' demand and vowed to continue struggle for their rights.
"It is deceiving. Government has wrongly interpreted the term 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP). They have not given OROP, instead they have just merely made an enhancement in pension," Chairman Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) retired Lt Gen Raj Kadyan told PTI here.
IESM today wrote letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A K Antony and the three Service chiefs explaining how the government decision does not meet their long pending demand to ensure equitable pensions.
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Ex-servicemen unhappy with govt's announcement of pension hike
"Ex-servicemen expect the government to do justice to them. This announcement has further disillusioned the ex- servicemen fraternity who have decided to intensify their protest in a dignified manner on all India basis," IESM vice-chairman Maj Gen Satbir Singh wrote in the letter to the Prime Minister.
"To illustrate, a sepoy, naik and havlidar have been given an increase of only Rs. 400 per month, whereas a sepoy who retired on January 2012 draws approximately Rs. 4,000 more than those who retired prior to 2006," he explained in the letter, adding that similarly disparity exists in the officer ranks too.
Government had on Monday announced a decision to address the pensionary issues of ex-servicemen.
"The gap in pension of pre-and post-January 2006 retiree jawans will be bridged by determining the pension of pre-January 2006 pensioners on basis of notional maximum for ranks and groups across three Services as in case of post-January 2006 retirees," it had said in a release.
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Ex-servicemen reject hike in pension, say it is ‘misleading’
Despite the increase, officers who retired after January 1, 2006 will get pensions that are way ahead of those who retired before January 1, 2006. The other measures on dual family pension and family pension for physically and mentally handicapped children after marriage have been welcomed.
Sources said as per calculations made so far, the following will be the tentative hike in basic pension for officers who retired before January 1, 2006: Captain Rs 13,850 (existing) to Rs 15,350 (after hike); Major Rs 14,100 to Rs 18,205; Lt Col Rs 25,700 to Rs 26,262; Colonel Rs 26,050 to Rs 27,795; Brigadier Rs 26,150 to Rs 29,145 and Major General Rs 26,700 to 30,350. These figures could be more, depending upon several other factors. This DA would be paid as per prevailing rates. Other payments of military service pay and grade pay factored into the pension calculation formula remain unchanged.
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Ex-Armymen cry foul over ‘misleading’ pension plan
OROP, incidentally, has been promised by most political parties over the years but has never been implemented. The defence community of 14 lakh serving and 23 lakh retired military personnel, after all, swells into a sizable - albeit diffused -- votebank of around 1.5 crore people if family members are also taken into account.
"OROP means 'removal of the gap' and not 'bridging the gap'. A sepoy, naik and havaldar have been given an increase of only Rs 400 per month, whereas a sepoy who retired in January 2012 draw approximately Rs 4,000 more than retirees prior to 2006,'' Maj-Gen (retd) Satbir Singh said.
The government has also maintained silence on the fate of the five main demands of serving officers and jawans, which were also examined by the recent high-powered committee led by cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth in addition to the demands of ex-servicemen.
The demands of serving personnel range from common pay scale for junior commissioned officers/other ranks (JCOs/ORs) and enhancement of grade pay to placing all Lt-Generals in the HAG+ (higher administrative grade-plus) scale and grant of non-functional upgrade to armed forces personnel.
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Armed forces personnel dissatisfied with One Rank, One Pension scheme
Though the UPA government has rolled out the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen, and tried to bridge the gap between pre and post-January 2006 retirees, resentment is brewing among serving and retired armed forces personnel, who have termed it an ‘eyewash’ and a feeble attempt at “rectification” of a fault dating back to 2006.
Several ex-servicemen, as well as serving armed forces personnel, pointed out on Tuesday that after the Government’s Rs. 2300 crore package for pensioners, a sepoy would be entitled to a total increase of Rs. 622 per month in his pension, and the raise would be Rs. 761 for a havildar.
Among the officers, a Lieutenant Colonel, on an average, would get a raise of Rs. 565 per month.
They pointed out that several anomalies still remain, and none of the core issues, raised by the three Service Chiefs in August with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, have been accepted.
[Read more on The Hindu]
Relief short-lived; ex-soldiers’ fight on
Ex-servicemen on Tuesday expressed unhappiness over the Government’s pension package worth over Rs 2,300 crore and decided to launch a countrywide protest for ‘one rank one pension’.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister AK Antony, they said their announcement did not meet their long pending demand for ‘one rank one pension’.
The Cabinet on Monday approved the pension package in a step to come closer to ‘one rank one pension’ which means defence personnel with the same rank and same length of service must draw the same pension irrespective of the date of retirement and any future enhancement would be automatically granted to them.
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