Monday December 11, 2017
Home India Government ap...

Government apathy on OROP to hit morale: ex-army chief

4
120

vpmalik_tn_020511

 

New Delhi: The government’s apathy to the protests seeking the implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme will affect the morale of soldiers, former army chief V.P. Malik said on Sunday.

The general, who headed the army when the Kargil conflict took place in 1999, said keeping the morale of the forces high was key to winning any war.

“Taking care of the welfare (of soldiers) and keeping the morale of the armed forces high is very important… Though OROP affects ex-servicemen, the linkages in the army are very strong,” Malik told IANS.

“The government must take a decision soon… The agitation is going on in different cities. Sooner or later, it will impact serving soldiers.

“Kinship is very strong in army, I am retired but my son is in the army … Senior officers are worried as they will retire soon… The government should take action soon,” he said.

Sunday was the 42nd day of a relay hunger strike by ex-servicemen here demanding implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme.

Currently, pension paid to officers of the same rank differs, depending on when they retired.

(IANS)

 

  • yoginayar

    Gen, you have a responsibility in this OROP mess because as Chief, you never raised your voice, directly or indirectly, against this discrimination and violated The second dictum engraved in the Chetwode Hall.

    • HC Jain

      I endorse

  • jssidhoo

    These weak statements carry no wt if you wanted to make an impact you should have refused to attend the function yesterday at Mohali with the RM

  • DHINGRA1949 .

    my self born in military hospital to a soldier displaced from PAKISTAN, who retired in DEC1965 as HAVILDAR, then joined as UDC being more qualified under DAD CGDA as Auditor, resigned under protest by refuseing to work under corrupt officers, accepted through court after 2 years and granted 31 years pension of combined services 18 military + 13 civil by CAT with no compensation for humination / harassment / discrimination, then GOI went to SC, where he faught his case being high court advocate since before that he had passed LLB & LLM but could not do practice due to non-acceptance of his resignation for more than 2 years, again injustice over injustice with poor soldier, SC DID NOT HEAR HIS PLEA AND DISMISSED BUT ever since he is fighting his case with GOI that his pension sanctioned in 1965 is more than that of 1979 sanctioned in 87 at today age of 87+ and not even being paid as per GOI ORDERS of JAN,2013 wef 24 SEP,2012, WHICH ARE TO BE PAID FROM 2006 JAN. It is here to mention that even no commander COAS, NO ESM ORGANIZATION HEADED BY OUR GENERALS, NO GOI OFFICIALS BOTHERED TO APPLY HIS MIND & HELP POOR MAN on his applications as well as mine, putting in front of them, self being member of all ESM organisations as as ex AIRMAN, nephew of a sailor retired in 1966, THEY ONLY TALK ABOUT ONLY OFFICERS, DISCRIMINATE US BY DECREASING OUR PAY& ALLOWANCES, PROMOTIONS, besides eating / taking every thing by hook & crooks methods , so are all bosses doing in the GOI, by giving little to poor & taking maximum and think / say that we poor down trodens do not have mind, thus mis-use their power / position etc made our BHARAT as india poor country, i can give / show how discrimination done with me, my father, uncle, son, family, and with all low class poor peoples of our country, by luring / showing them bright future but looting peoples of our country by one & all governments / parties not only here in our country, every where on this earth, making hell for others and being enjoyed by few only JAY HIND

  • yoginayar

    Gen, you have a responsibility in this OROP mess because as Chief, you never raised your voice, directly or indirectly, against this discrimination and violated The second dictum engraved in the Chetwode Hall.

    • HC Jain

      I endorse

  • jssidhoo

    These weak statements carry no wt if you wanted to make an impact you should have refused to attend the function yesterday at Mohali with the RM

  • DHINGRA1949 .

    my self born in military hospital to a soldier displaced from PAKISTAN, who retired in DEC1965 as HAVILDAR, then joined as UDC being more qualified under DAD CGDA as Auditor, resigned under protest by refuseing to work under corrupt officers, accepted through court after 2 years and granted 31 years pension of combined services 18 military + 13 civil by CAT with no compensation for humination / harassment / discrimination, then GOI went to SC, where he faught his case being high court advocate since before that he had passed LLB & LLM but could not do practice due to non-acceptance of his resignation for more than 2 years, again injustice over injustice with poor soldier, SC DID NOT HEAR HIS PLEA AND DISMISSED BUT ever since he is fighting his case with GOI that his pension sanctioned in 1965 is more than that of 1979 sanctioned in 87 at today age of 87+ and not even being paid as per GOI ORDERS of JAN,2013 wef 24 SEP,2012, WHICH ARE TO BE PAID FROM 2006 JAN. It is here to mention that even no commander COAS, NO ESM ORGANIZATION HEADED BY OUR GENERALS, NO GOI OFFICIALS BOTHERED TO APPLY HIS MIND & HELP POOR MAN on his applications as well as mine, putting in front of them, self being member of all ESM organisations as as ex AIRMAN, nephew of a sailor retired in 1966, THEY ONLY TALK ABOUT ONLY OFFICERS, DISCRIMINATE US BY DECREASING OUR PAY& ALLOWANCES, PROMOTIONS, besides eating / taking every thing by hook & crooks methods , so are all bosses doing in the GOI, by giving little to poor & taking maximum and think / say that we poor down trodens do not have mind, thus mis-use their power / position etc made our BHARAT as india poor country, i can give / show how discrimination done with me, my father, uncle, son, family, and with all low class poor peoples of our country, by luring / showing them bright future but looting peoples of our country by one & all governments / parties not only here in our country, every where on this earth, making hell for others and being enjoyed by few only JAY HIND

Next Story

OROP estimates annual expenditure at Rs 7500 crore, arrears at Rs 10,900 crore

0
102

New Delhi: The defence ministry on Wednesday estimated the annual expenditure of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme to be around Rs 7,500 crore.

The arrears from July 1, 2014- the date of implementation as announced by the government- until December 31, 2015, will be approximately Rs.10,900 crore, the ministry said in a statement.

This is set to push the defence budget for pensions, which is estimated to go up from Rs.54,000 crore as per Budget estimates of 2015-16 to around Rs.65,000 crore, the proposed Budget estimate for 2016-17.

This is an increase of about 20 percent of the defence pension outlay.

The statement said 86 percent of the total expenditure on account of OROP will benefit Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and other ranks.

“The government of India had taken the historic decision to implement OROP in November 2015. This fulfilled the long standing demand of the defence forces personnel after 42 years benefited over 18 lakh ex-servicemen and war widows,” the statement said.

Payment of arrears and revision of pension under OROP is to be made by the Pension Disbursing Authorities in four installments, except for family pensioners and pensioners in receipt of gallantry awards who will be paid arrears in one installment.

Asked about the development, Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement spokesperson Col Anil Kaul (retd) said it “seemed ok”, but they would be studying it and come out with a detailed reaction later.

“We are still studying it. It seems ok… so far it seems to be almost there, except that they are paying out from July (2014), not April,” Col Kaul told reporters. (IANS) (picture courtesy: huffingtonpost.in)

Next Story

Modi tries to reach out on OROP, says he knows what army men feel

0
96

Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached out to the armed forces over the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) issue, and said he knows how officers feel when they are not promoted.

The OROP scheme approved by the government has not gone well with the veterans, with the agitation at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar protest site continuing for the 185th day on Tuesday.

Modi said the government will start programmes for skill training of retired officers.

“I know how an officer, in the prime of his youth, feels when he does not make the next grade, not because he was not outstanding or was less deserving, but because the room above was small,” Modi said at the Combined Commanders’ Conference held on board INS Vikramaditya.

“So, to honour your service and uphold your welfare will always be our solemn duty… For this reason, we have moved with speed to implement the One Rank One Pension promise that had remained unfulfilled for decades,” Modi said.

“And, we will build the National War Memorial and Museum that you so richly deserve in the heart of our nation’s capital.”

OROP, a war memorial and a veterans’ commission are the three demands from the ex-servicemen groups.

“We will also improve skills and opportunities for our ex-servicemen, so that when they leave the service, they can still serve the nation with pride and dignity,” he added.

Modi also paid tributes to the security forces.

Their valour and sacrifices defeat terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, reduce the violence of Left-wing extremism and keep our northeast more peaceful,” he said.

The conference was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh and Indian Navy chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan along with top commanders of the three Services.(IANS)

Next Story

Govt appoints judicial committee to study OROP

0
62

New Delhi: The government on Monday appointed a judicial committee to look into the implementation of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen.

The one-member committee would look into steps to be taken to remove anomalies arising out of the implementation of OROP, as notified by the government on November 7, an official statement said.

The committee comprising L Narasimha Reddy, a retired chief justice of Patna High Court, would take into account the financial impact of its recommendations before spelling out the same within six months.

The committee may submit interim reports to the government before the stipulated time.

The terms of reference of the committee will be to examine measures for the removal of anomalies that may arise in the implementation of the OROP, measures for the removal of anomalies that may arise out of inter-services issues of the three armed forces due to implementation of OROP, implications on service matters and any other matter referred by the central government on implementation of the OROP or related issues.

The committee will devise its own procedure and may call for such information and take such evidence as may be considered necessary.

“The ministries and departments of the government of India shall furnish such information and documents and other assistance as may be required by the committee,” the statement said.

Headquartered in Delhi, the committee will be supported by the department of ex-servicemen’s welfare under the defence ministry.(ians)