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One Rank One Pension (OROP)

February 19, 2014

One Rank One Pension ImageThe Indian government has come up with the One Rank One Pension (OROP) in what is being seen as a final effort to get the attention of the defence community of the country – at the present moment there are 14 lakh soldiers and officers serving in various capacities in different wings of the national armed forces. There are also in excess of 25 lakh military officers in India who have retired. Incidentally, this has been demanded for a long time now and has also been promised but till now it had not been implemented. This is also being regarded as an important step taken by the ruling government before the national assembly elections come calling a few months later.

Read : Suicide over OROP: Ex-servicemen are still Unhappy with One Rank One Pension Scheme

P Chidambaram, the Union Finance Minister, has stated that the OROP will be implemented in a proactive manner and will come into play from the ongoing financial year. The government will be transferring an amount of INR 500 crore to the pension accounts of defence personnel. The main aim of this transfer is to bring down the gap in the amounts being received by people who have retired prior to 2006 and ones who have retired after that.

In fact, in the week gone by, Rahul Gandhi, the prime ministerial candidate for Congress, had lent his support towards the demands for OROP by former armed forces officers. In some ways, this event could now be regarded as a sign of things to come. It needs to be considered in this scenario that if the armed forces officers, soldiers and their family members are taken into account, it would come up to almost 2 crore voters, which is a sizeable base that the ruling party can do with.

As per OROP, defence officers who have retired in the same rank and have served for a similar period of time, they will be paid the same pension. It will not take into consideration the year of their retirement. In the last 4-5 years many ex-servicemen have become disillusioned with how the OROP issue has been handled and have thus staged rallies and also given back their medals. During one such rally organized at Rewari during September, VK Singh, an erstwhile chief of the Indian Army and Narendra Modi had attended the proceedings. The main issue was the fact that OROP was not being implemented. In fact, in some circles this step of passing the OROP is being seen as an eyewash of sorts.

A senior military official has termed the amount to be fairly low. As per the official it is strange that even though the UPA has been at the center they have introduced the measure only a few months prior to the election. The amount has also been termed as being an insufficient one. Previously an amount of INR 1730 crores had been calculated for the 2014-15 fiscal by the controller general, defence accounts, and the ministry of defence. In some official sources, an amount of INR 3 thousand crores was supposed to be set aside for OROP on a yearly basis.

However, the ministry of defence has gauged the various aspects of this financial benefit and the manner of its implementation is expected to be worked out in the weeks to come. As per officials from the ministry the quoted figure is just a way of showing that the government is committed towards extending the benefit. Chidambaram has said that if any additional amount is needed for this purpose then the same will be provided too, thus confirming the opinions of the defence ministry. The government, though, has not provided any reason as to why the OROP proposal was not passed previously and not mentioned the administrative and legal procedures that led to it being delayed.

It is expected that this financial benefit for the military officers and soldiers could lead to civilians making similar demands and it could cost the government anywhere between INR 8,000 and 9,000 crores per year.

OROP Recent Developments

  • On 5 September 2015, the Modi government announced the acceptance of OROP, but the ex-servicemen on strike rejected the same. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the government has decided to implement OROP in which revision of pension would be done after every five years instead of two years. He also added that base year for this would be 2013 and ex-servicemen who had taken VRS would not be included in the same. On the contrary the ex-servicemen on strike have said that they will not agree for five year revision of salary and omission of VRS holders. They said they would continue their strike.
  • After not getting any timeline for OROP, on 17 August 2015, two protesting ex-servicemen launched a fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
  • During his speech on the eve of Independence Day, PM Narendra Modi did not mention the timeline for the implementation of OROP but did refer to the same. He said that the talks are on and he expects a positive outcome from the same. He also added that his government ahs accepted OROP in principle.
  • According to government sources, the long-pending OROP scheme is likely to be rolled out ahead of the Bihar assembly polls.
  • On 15 June 2015, a group of about 55 ex-servicemen who belong to Jalandhar district began their relay-hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, demanding the government to announce a date to introduce the OROP policy.
  • On 10 June 2015, a group of ex-servicemen met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and expressed their concerns regarding the delay in the OROP scheme which is likely to benefit as many as 22 lakh retired defence personnel.
  • On 3 June 2015, a group of ex-servicemen led by Maj Gen Satbir Singh (retd) met Dalbir Singh Suhag and discussed about the early implementation of ‘one rank one pension’ scheme.

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Sidhartha banerjee October 27, 2016 at 9:32 am

When we get in hand when all central govt employes get 7th pay commission

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Hello,
Mere father ne 9 year military may job ki hai..unki death ho chuki hai .kya unhey one rank one pension ka benifit milega? .

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what deafness relief will be paid for proper people(defence) from 01.07.2016 onwards. it is not clear that the _government is not doing anything against this matter. kindly verify. thanks

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Rakesh Walunjkar January 24, 2016 at 11:39 am

Thanks a lot

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sir mera papa 07 me expire hua he…. papa full service kia he army me sub subedar hoke… aur 89 me retiart hua he…. toh sir abhi orop me kya hoga….sir plzzz rply

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Sir plz your output is nt so effective 4r skl students for there project making .bcoz it is so lengthy…to understand

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I used to be just searching at associated blog content for my challenge study when I occurred to stumble upon yours. Thank you for the practical data!

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Very interesting site, but you must improve your template graphics.

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sir what about the OROP present condition,fund allocation improved or not please be send details as early. please communicate regularly

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to the pm mp Mrs sir polis

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ex naik k jeyaraj September 26, 2015 at 2:54 am

firstly thanks for respected pm narandra modi. request for rank wise details and penifit for all pensioners ths jaihand

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Thank you.. Very good information.

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Muito bom, parece que ficou incrivel!

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sanatan chattopadhayay September 2, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Respected Sir, I retired on 31st july 2008 14598718W EX-Naik sanatan chattopadhayay how many amount benefit of my pension for one rank one pension and my pension start amount given to me at the earliest.

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    shakenda kumar singh January 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I retired on 31st jan 2009 EX-Nab Sub SHAKENDRA KUMAR SINGH how many amount benefit of my pension for one rank one pension and my pension start amount given to me at the earliest.

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sanatan chattopadhayay August 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

I retired on 31st july 2008 EX-Naik sanatan chattopadhayay how many amount benefit of my pension for one rank one pension and my pension start amount given to me at the earliest.

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Monalisa Mohanty June 17, 2015 at 11:44 am

Dear,
Honorable Priminister Ji,

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Regards.
Monalisa.

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I am a pensioner in the indian army. So how do i apply for the one rank one pension scheme

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When will be come OROP ?

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narayanhan kalathil February 23, 2015 at 9:11 pm

what is the pension scale?

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durgawati devi widow of jc-538531 sub. gajraj singh February 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm

request to provide rank wise table of one rank one pension 2014

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(1) My SOS April 15 1972. SORS April 14, 1972. But I was paid only up to April 13, 1972. The Army still owe me one day salary since 1972. (2) With one month leave pay I was discharged in March 1972 after 8 years and 92 days service. It was Emergency of Bangladesh war when all military leave was cancelled. It was time no discharge other than maximum service completed to pension and 1962 war emergency deputation ended. I was discharged in mistaken identity with someone of deputation ended. My Character was assessed EXEMPLARY. Although found the error the Discharge Desk Officer could not reverse the discharge order. My movement order was Proceeding to home on transferred to pension establishment. Gratuity was not released to me. My unit served at discharge is also wrong in the long roll. I am a victim of mistaken identity by the Record Office. After discharge went home the Record Office says 15 year service lacking for pension. How I can get victim benefits.

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sir,

what is the present position of orop 2014, implement possible or not.project orop chart preparedby DGLHQ at the ratio of pensioner past and present 71% this percent divided into two 40% this year and 31% next year.

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Ex Sgt DK Boitai October 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

what about the latest order of Govt on OROP kindly send a feed back with a orop14 table.

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Chok Bahadur Gurung October 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

requested to provide a one rank one pension table 2014

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Ex Hav Sivadasan.P October 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Dear sir,

budget allocation amount of ruppee 1500 crores for defence orop. This amount is insufficient state CGDA therefore you are dilute the amount rank and length of service all veterans/widows to avoid the financial burden to the Govt

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Ex Hav Sivadasan.P October 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

please intimate present position orop 2014

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    Ex Sgt DK Boitai October 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

    The present Govt by Mr Modi has promised to implement OROP since last lokasabha elections but not kept their promise so the exservicemen community is deprived off their legitimate rights.Hence we have to fight again to get our rights implemented at the earliest.

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Ex Hav Sivadasan. P October 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Budget allocation amount of 1500 crores rupee for orop 2014 please divided by all pbor to avoid financial burden to the govt.

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as to why the implemetation of OROP getting delayed

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K.K.GOSWAMI, Ex-Seargent September 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

In the backdrop of not arriving at a concrete solution on orop to ex-servicemen between sevices hqs and concerned deptts of MOD, GOI committed to implement it immediately after election gets the opportunity to drag the issue depriving our legitimate right which will give far reaching effect to the BJP’s electoral prospect in the coming election of 4 states. Like congress should we not be again bluffed by the present Govt?We find the proposal and model plan submitted by services hqs are quite reasonable and acceptable. we are passionately waiting for Govt’s notification to give effect of our demand

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Ex Hav/SKT Sivadasan.P September 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I am very much thankful to present Govt accept orop. Please kindly issue circular/order immediately.

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namdev nanasaheb ranaware ex pettey officer indian navy August 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

I am very much thankful to the present goverment to grant our orop. Kindly implement as soon as possible.

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naresh kumar yadav August 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

after make the NDA govt the everything rates prises to much increases how will be live a common man. MODI ji ye please be active thanks AAPKE TO ACHCHHE DIN AA GAYE LEKIN HAMAARE KHARAAB DIN AA GAYE.

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naresh kumar yadav August 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

modi ji only a good lecturer still no any emprovement in any department which they have already coments.

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Where can i find the official circular/notice regarding this on internet?? Any authentic site providing these updates?

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Special Pension should be granted to all frontlines soldiers of at least one of 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars and 3 year tenure completed.

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Pension should be granted to all frontlines soldiers of at least one of 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars and 3 year tenure completed.

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I am afraid I will not be able to provide you much information regarding that. For the complete and correct details you need to speak to relevant authorities.

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suresh ch. mistry March 29, 2014 at 2:09 am

I was retired from army on 09 Sep 87 as Naik, gp B after completing 18 yrs, 4 months. I want to know, what will be my revised pension, secondly, effective date of the revised pe nsion.

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    HARI NATH SINGH April 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Dear Suresh ch. mistry,
    With reference to your query dt 29 Mar 2014 regarding your Revised Pension, I am pleased to inform you the following in accordance with PCDA (P) Allahabad Circular No. 501 and GOI, MOD letter No. 1(13)/2012/D(Pen/Policy) both dt 17-01-2013 :-
    As per Table 2 (Army) of above mentioned GOI, MOD letter, Revised Basic Pension of Naik, Group B with Qualifying Service of 18 yrs is Rs. 5774/- with effect from 24-09-2012.
    In addition Dearness Relief @ 100% is also admissible from 01-01-2014.
    Regards
    HARI NATH SINGH

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    Ex/Nk Jollykutty May 3, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I was retired from Indian Army as Naik Gp C after completion of 15 years and 11 months. I want know that what is the revised pension after considering one Rank one Pension ,committed by the Central Govt. And also confirm the effective date and releasing date of the same.

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      HARI NATH SINGH May 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Dear Jollykutty,
      With reference to your query of 03 May 2014, kindly be informed that the govt has accepted ‘One Rank One Pension’ in principle and also transferred Rs.500 crore to Defence Pension Account in its interim budget. However detailed implementation order on OROP indicating revised pension amount for each rank has not been issued so far.
      Effective date for One Rank One Pension as announced by govt is 1st April 2014.
      Regards
      HARI NATH SINGH

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    Fried,did u get correct figure?pl let me know the calculation

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I fully endorse the above comments of Sub Maj Adhir Biswas Saheb.
Having put in 22 yrs of service in Indian Navy, I retired in Apr 1991 as MCPO-I.
As per the last revision of pension w.e.f. 24-09-2012 vide PCDA (P) Allahabad Circular No.501 and GOI, MOD letter No. 1(13)/2012/D(Pen/Policy) both dated 17.01.2013, no benefit has been granted to CPO, MCPO-II & MCPO-I ranks.
The recent announcement of OROP by the government has given some hope to Defence Pensioners who expect that the long pending and justified demand of OROP is fully met and implemented as “Total Parity” and does not remain a “Modified Parity” as has been the case so far.
The timing of such announcement by government ahead of Lok Sabha elections do raise an element of doubt in Ex-serviceman’s mind whether the government is really serious about this sensitive issue or its just an eye wash and election stunt. A clear picture would emerge only after the detailed Implementation Order is issued by govt.
Lets hope that wisdom prevails and the govt. come clean this time by implementing the OROP in Total Parity in order to bridge the Trust Deficit between Ex-servicemen and the govt.

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Sub Maj Adhir Biswas February 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Having put in 28 years of service in the Indian Army, I had to retire at the age of 47 years with a meagure pension while my 3 sons were all just school going. Retired soldier of my age group was not welcome for any meaningful employment during 1993 onwards. The situation has improved a bit now but I am over 60 years. Our agony was unattended all along, except for grant of few peas off and on, but worse was worse, in the last grant of some enhanced benefit to ex-servicemen, the entire Junior Commissioned Officers category (Nb Sub, Sub & Sub Maj) were ignored whereas their junior and senior categories were paid some ehnanced benefit, the base or logic of such calculations and divisive grant is not understood as yet. We also insist and desire that this aspect be looked into and JCOs should get their backlogs as well. Now we request the authorities concerned to pass on the executive orders to all PDAs so that benefits may reach the effected persons speedily.

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    Sub Maj Adhir Biswas February 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I and on behalf of the entire ex-service men fraternity thank the Govt. of India for granting OROP, by considering the just cause of Indian soldiers who gave their youth in borders and battle fields or hostile places defending motherland and assisting civil authorities when things had gone out of proportions. We thank all organisations, politicians and intellectuals who spoke for our cause. Jai Hind.

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Sub Maj Adhir Biswas February 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I have retired on 31 Oct 1993. It had been our sane and soldierly struggle for the grant OROP for obvious and compelled reasons. The countrymen know how, where and under what circustances we have defended our motherland and served the nation as a whole. It is heartening to watch the h’ble FM announce the grant of our long cherished OROP on the floor of the august parliament while dealing with Interim Budget. We sincerely request to all those concerned to speedily start disburse the OROP to all beneficiaries. Jai Hind.

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    Naresh Bharati June 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

    i am not a soldier. i salute to my all soldier brother sister.
    thank you for your work & also i appeal to government to give more facility & salary .

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