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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)

 

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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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)