- One Rank One Pension for ex-servicemen is now a reality watch Rahul Gandhi interecting:
- Rahul Gandhi assures ex-servicemen full support on One Rank One Pension issue:
- Rahul Gandhi thanks PM for 'one rank one pension':
- ‘One-rank, one pension’ decision historic: Rahul Gandhi:
What is 'one rank, one pension'?
Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced a 10 per cent hike in the defence budget while delivering his interim budget speech today. Rs. 500 crore of the budget would be allocated for implementing the 'one rank, one pension' rule, Mr Chidambaram said.
The "one rank, one pension" rule means that retired soldiers of the same rank and length of service will receive the same pension, regardless of when they retire. Currently, pensioners who retired before 2006 draw less pension than their counterparts and even their juniors.
Defence personnel have been fighting for the 'one rank, one pension' rule for years. Mr Chidambaram's announcement is likely to win the Congress the support of lakhs of soldiers ahead of the polls, due by May.
There are 14 lakh serving and 24 lakh retired military personnel in the country.
- 14 lakh serving and over 25 lakh retired military personnel will be benifitted.
- OROP decision will be "implemented prospectively" for armed forces from 2014-2015, with the government transferring Rs 500 crore to the defence pension account in the current fiscal to "close the gap for all retirees (pre-2006 and post-2006) in all ranks".
- OROP basically implies payment of uniform pension to personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement. Consequently, any further hike in pension rates is automatically passed on to past pensioners.
The 'One rank One Pension' scheme having been in demand for close to five years now, the defence ministry has been working towards it for the same period and we even succeeded in completing two-thirds of the journey and the announcement in the budget was merely the remaining one-third of the voyage, said Jitender Singh, Minister of State for Defence, reacting to the announcement of the 'One Rank One Tension':
- Aadhar to be linked to jobs, housing, pension schemes:
- (September 2012): Cabinet clears Rs 2,300-crore package for one-rank-one-pension for armed forces:
- (July 2012) : Antony writes to PM over wages and pension of services men:
- (July 2012) : Key meeting today to discuss pay, pension of Armed forces:
- After the letter was sent, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh constituted a high level-committee under the Cabinet Secretary to address issues such as One Rank One Pension (OROP) and elevation of all Lieutenant General-rank officers into a higher pay scale.
- On July 13, the Prime Minister formed a six-member committee under Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, which has been asked by the government to finalise its recommendations and submit its report to Manmohan Singh by August 8.
- For serving defence personnel, the committee will look into the issues of having a common pay scale for serving Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), placing all Lieutenant General-rank officers under the higher pay scale grade of Higher Administrative Group Plus (HAG+).
- For the large community of ex-servicemen, the government has tasked the committee to consider the issue of One-Rank-One-Pension which has been the main demand of the services personnel and has seen a lot of them returning their service and gallantry medals to the President in the last few years as a mark of protest.
- Ex-servicemen laud 'one rank, one pension':