Sunday, December 13, 2015



OROP acceptable to large number of defence associations: FM Arun Jaitley
Army veterans have been protesting for One Rank, One Pension (OROP) for over four decades. Recently, when Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the implementation of OROP, some ex-servicemen boycotted it while some gave it thumbs-up. Here are five points Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said about OROP: (PTI)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015



No:   2DBQ/Empol/CG1/2015                        

        Zila Sainik Welfare Officer

Sub:  Policy – Recommended allotment of seats for Military Nursing Service to Widows;  Death Attributable to Military Service.

                Qualified widows of soldiers whose “death is attributable to military service” are earmarked,  two vacancies for the Short Service Commission(Women) entry scheme by exempting them appearing for written test and directly nominating for Service Selection Board by Government of India. This facility is fully utilized by the widows.

        It is recommended that similar provision of four seats be done for Military Nursing Service selection by exempting the above category widows from written test and directly calling them for interview and selection process. This will benefit a good majority of widows, who are BSc nursing qualified.
        The matter may be taken up with appropriate higher authority for policy decision and implementation.  

                                                               Sainik Welfare Officer

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Circular No: C-144
No:-GI/C/0198/Vol- V/Tech
O/o the Pr.C.D.A. (Pensions)
Draupadighat Allahabad -211014
Dated: 14-08-2015
The Treasury Officer
The PO- Master, Kathua, Srinagar (J&K)
The PO- Master, Campbell Bay (Andman & Nicobar)
The Defence Pension Disbursing Officer
Pay & Accounts Officer
Military & Air Attache, Indian Embassay, Kathmandu, Nepal (through Gorkha Record
Officer, Kurnaghat, Gorakhpur)
Director of Accounts, Panji (Goa)
Finance Secretary, Gangtok, PO-l, Thimpu Bhutan
The General Manager (Nodal Officer, PSBs)
All Managers, CPPC of Public Sector Banks.
All Managers, CPPC of Authorized Private Banks.
Subject: Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners – reg.
Reference: This office Important Circulars No. 102 bearing no. GI/C/0198/VOL-IV/Tech dated 11-02-2013.
Attention of all pension disbursing authorities is invited to above cited circular wherein instructions had been issued for implementation of GOI, Ministry of P,PG and pensions, Deptt of P&PW OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A,) dated 28 January, 2013 and this order was applicable w.e.f 24.09.2012. Now, GOI, Ministry of P, PG and pension, Dept of P&PW have further issued orders under their OM No. 38/37/08 P&PW (A) dated 30.07.2015, that “the pension/family pension of all pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners my be revised in accordance with this Department’s OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 with effect from 24.9.2012.”
(2) In case the consolidated pension/family pension calculated as per Para 4.1 of OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 01-09-2008 is higher than the pension/family pension calculated in the manner indicated in the OM dated 28.01.2013, the same ( higher consolidated pension/family pension) will continue to be treated as basic pension/ family pension.
(3) All other conditions as given in OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 1.9.2008, as amended from time to time shall remain unchanged.
(4) All pension disbursing authorities are therefore, requested to revise the pension/family pension in affected cases in terms of Govt. OM No. 38 /37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28-01-2013 w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012. Payment made w.e.f. 01.01.2006 will be adjusted against the arrears now being paid and these cases may be reflected in the monthly account sent to this office as ‘change item’.
(5) Where the PDAs are in doubt in regulating the payment of revised pension/family pension under these orders, the cases with full details of pensioner/family pensioners and PPO No: etc may be referred to Audit Section of this office for advice and further action.
(Subhash Kumar)
A C D A (P)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

One Rank One Pension Latest News

Be patient: Navy chief to veterans on 'One rank, One pension'

New Delhi: Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan on Thursday asked ex-servicemen to be patient on "One rank, One pension" scheme and added that the central government was "very serious" about the issue.

"We need to be patient. The government has been seized of the matter. The defence ministry will address the concerns of ex-servicemen," Dhowan told journalists after the conclusion of the Naval Commander's conference here.
"I can only say the government is very serious. To the best of my knowledge a lot of progress has been made. A final decision rests with the government," he said.

The comment comes on a day when two war veterans boycotted a function where they were to be felicitated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. 

Wing Commander S.D. Karnik and Wing Commander Bhopadekar were protesting against the delay in the proposed "One rank, One pension" scheme for the armed forces.

"The two veterans have refused to attend the function and all ex-servicemen support them," Maj. Gen. (retd) Satbir Singh of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement told IANS.

Parrikar had said the files on 'One rank, One pension' have already been sent to the finance ministry.

In Fight for One Rank One Pension, War Veterans Boycott Event: 10 Developments

In Fight for One Rank One Pension, War Veterans Boycott Event: 10 Developments

NEW DELHI:  Two war veterans today boycotted a function where they were to be felicitated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, to protest against the delay in implementation of "one rank, one pension" for the armed forces.
  1. One of them is Wing Commander SD Karnik, a 1971 war veteran who was awarded the Vir Chakra, one of India's top gallantry medals. "Since 1973 we haven't got any support from the government. This is downgrading the armed forces. I am hurt," he said.
  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was widely expected to announce it on Monday when he addressed a rally in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, but he didn't.
  3. NDTV has learnt that the file on one rank, one pension, a BJP election promise, is currently shuttling between the Finance and Defence Ministries after several queries were raised. Sources tell NDTV that the government doesn't want to announce anything that can be challenged in court.
  4. "One rank, one pension" means that the same pension will be paid to personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of when they retired.
  5. "I may not like ex-servicemen protesting but they are being pushed into it," said former Army Chief General VP Mallik. Ex-servicemen say they call it NATO - "No Action, Talk Only."
  6. Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the pay commission recommendations at the time when the personnel retired. For instance, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws less pension than a Lt. Colonel who retired after 1996.
  7. With one rank, one pension, retired personnel would draw the same pension as officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now. They would also be entitled to a year's back pay in pensions at the new rate, which would be a windfall for pensioners.
  8. Six years ago, the Supreme Court directed the government to follow a one rank, one pension principal for retired servicemen. In February this year, the court said failure to implement it within three months would mean contempt of court.
  9. One rank, one pension will benefit 25 lakh ex-servicemen. It is expected to cost the government more than 8300 crore a year.
  10. In its Budget last year, months before the national election, the Congress-led UPA government announced that one-rank-one pay would be implemented, but allocated meagre 500 crore seen as inadequate funds for the initiative.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

One Rank One Pension Cleared in Principle, PM Modi to Take Final Call: Sources
NEW DELHI:  The Centre has in principle cleared the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme for retired armed forces personnel, sources have told NDTV. The government has made a provision for an additional Rs. 8,300 crore for this purpose.

The scheme, which seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, has been a long-standing demand of the over 20 lakh ex-servicemen in the country. Majority of Defence personnel hang up their boots much before 60 years. Also, over the years the disparity in the pension drawn by personnel of same rank who retired for instance a decade ago and those who retire now is substantial.

Demand for One Rank One Pension has been an emotive issue with defence pensioners for long. And, between 2008- 2010 veterans have on several occasions marched to Rashtrapati Bhavan to return their gallantry medals.

Sources say once Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back on May 19 from his three-nation tour, a final round of discussions will take place with him. The official announcement is likely to be made later this month, coinciding with the first anniversary celebrations of the NDA government.

The government has already made it clear that One Rank One Pension will be implemented with effect from April 1, 2014.
Story First Published: May 17, 2015 18:08 IST

Thursday, April 16, 2015



Reksha Manthri was forthcoming and explained the latest situation. OROP file has been moving upwards as predicted. At the last stage an official from Finance Ministry has put an observation about the SC ruling regarding SPS Vains case. RM was fully apprised of the SPS Vains case and told the delegation that this observation is not applicable to OROP case. Hence suitable reply will be given on file by MOD and file will be sent   back for approval.

RM further stated that he is working to issue Government letter latest by June end that is within one year of NDA Government being sworn to power. He sounded very confident that OROP is foregone conclusion and the next step is issuance of notification for OROP and the tables. He assured Ex-Servicemen delegation that the notification for OROP will be issued soon.

RM that stake holders must be involved in finalizing Government letter and the relevant tables for OROP. He confirmed that calculations for his note were done by Armed Forces pay cells and he would keep this in mind. 

Ex-Servicemen delegation came back fully assured that OROP is in safe hands of RM Sh Manohar Parikkar who will make sure that OROP will see the day light after 30 yrs of struggle.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015


April 8, 2015 29 CommentsFLASH FLASH FLASH OROP NEWS 06 Apr 2015 Dear Veterans, Jai Hind. The OROP file has been cleared by Ministry of Finance and is now with PM. There is NO DILUTION of the Definition of OROP as announced twice in the Lok Sabha. However, the X and Y Group pensions, of JCOs and OR will […]
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Rank, One Pension NewBudget 2015-16

One Rank, One Pension stuck between Services and Defence Ministry

 New Delhi | 
February 28, 2015 5:01 pm
Reinstating government’s commitment on implementing the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ policy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the issue is pending as the method of calculating pension is stuck between the Armed Services and the Defence Ministry. “I have already in the last Budget said that we are going to implement ‘One Rank, One Pension’. This need not be stated on every occasion. We are completely committed to it,” Jaitley told reporters here when asked about the delay in launching the scheme.
Explaining the reasons behind the delay, the Minister said: “The methodology of calculating the One Rank, One Pension is an issue pending between the Services and the Defence Ministry.” As and when that idea is formulated, not only it should be implemented, it will be implemented, he added. “You may only notice that I have today, despite the squeeze, increased the allocation for Defence by almost Rs 25,000 crore,” Jaitley said. Last month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that ‘One rank, One pension’ scheme will be rolled out soon. The scheme, which seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen in the country. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015


BJP MP demands early implementation of 'one rank, one pension'

Last Updated: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 19:06
New Delhi: Demanding early implementation of the 'one rank, one pension' scheme, BJP MPTarun Vijay on Thursday suggested that "privileges" of MPs and MLAs be withdrawn and the money be used to fulfil the long-standing demand of the ex-servicemen if government is facing fund crunch.
In the meeting, the MP told Parrikar that if government was facing financial difficulty, then it should take away the privileges given to MPs and MLAs and the money should be used to implement the 'one rank one pension' scheme.Vijay, a member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, called on Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and conveyed his strong views on the issue.
Later, the BJP MP said the Defence Minister was "very sympathetic" to his demand and fully agreed that the government must act on it.
'One rank, one pension' has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen in the country.
It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.
Earlier this month, the Defence Minister had assured the ex-servicemen of early implementation of the scheme, saying his Ministry has fast-tracked the work on it.
Vijay also raised the issue of non-revision of disability pension to ex-servicemen. He said though soldiers' basic pension was revised in 2012, the disability pension has not been revised.


Railway Minister Spells Out Five Point Execution Strategy for Transforming Indian Railways

            The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu while presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament today has said that the goals of transforming Indian Railways will be achieved with a five point execution strategy. These are:

a) Adopting a medium-term perspective:
Budget proposals to mark beginning of a Five Year Action Plan to transform the Railways.

Amount (Rs in crore)
Network Decongestion (including DFC, Electrification, Doubling including electrification and traffic facilities)
Network Expansion (including electrification)

National Projects (North Eastern & Kashmir connectivity projects)
Safety (Track renewal, bridge works, ROB, RUB and Signalling & Telecom)

Information Technology / Research

Rolling Stock (Locomotives, coaches, wagons – production & maintenance)
Passenger Amenities
High Speed Rail & Elevated corridor
Station redevelopment and logistic parks

b) Building Partnerships:
This will require partnering with key stakeholders: States, PSU’s, partner with multilateral and bi-lateral organizations & other governments to gain access to long term financing and technology from overseas, the private sector to improve last mile connectivity, expand fleet of rolling stock and modernize our station infrastructure.

c) Leveraging additional resources:
Indian Railways envisages investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years to be mobilized from multiple sources to cater to funding i.e multilateral development banks, pension funds.

d) Revamping management practices, systems, processes, and re-tooling of human resources:
·        Targeted operating ratio for 2015-16 at 88.5% against 91.8%in 2014-15: best in the last 9 years.
·        Indian Railways to speed up decision making, tighten accountability, improve management information systems: training and development of human resource.

e) To set standards for Governance and Transparency


(Release ID :115927)