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New Delhi: In a bid to mollify striking Army veterans, the government has decided to form a one-man commission to address remaining issues in the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme it announced earlier.

According to reports, the commission would be announced in December by Defence minister Manohar Parrikar and would look into the shortcoming of the OROP.

Retired military personnel say the government has betrayed them in the name of making changes in the OROP scheme.

“OROP scheme was cleared by parliament. Then why were the changes made in the scheme? Why did they put conditions?” former Group Captain V K Gandhi, general secretary of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement said.

“We returned 20,000 medals during 2009, 2010 and 2011. But at that time the then government had said they were working on the OROP scheme. But the present government is cheating us. They reduced the scheme to ‘One Rank Five Pension’ scheme,” Gandhi added.

The veterans have listed seven changes made by the government which include annual equalisation, 2013-14 financial years as the base year for calculating pension, and taking the highest pension scale of 2013 as the base for calculation and not the average as announced by the government.

The new scheme also states that it will be reviewed once in five years and not annually.

Gandhi said the veterans demanded reconsideration on the changes made by the government in the implementation of the OROP scheme.

Earlier, Parrikar had taken a dim view of the attempts by war veterans to burn their medals as a protest to the OROP scheme calling an insult to the nation and the armed forces.

Parrikar had said medals were recognition for the sacrifice made by the armed forces and not connected with the service conditions.

He said those aggrieved by the scheme notified by the government can put their demands before the judicial commission, which has been formed to review the OROP scheme’s shortfalls.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Indian Army to Use New System of Digitised Records of Officers

Top Army officials attending the Commanders' Conference, which is underway here, were apprised on Wednesday about the rollout of the new project

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Officers' Automated Structured Infosystem - has been developed on the in-house Indian Army intranet system for 'gentleman cadets' to digitize their service records. Pixabay

In order to ensure better workflow in movement and deployment of commissioned officers serving in various units of the Indian Army, a system has been launched to contain their digitised personal records. The data at present is stored in physical form.

Top Army officials attending the Commanders’ Conference, which is underway here, were apprised on Wednesday about the rollout of the new project.

The five-day conference began on Monday to deliberate upon various issues pertaining to the Indian Army including deadline of projects and the recent incidents of Pakistani drones dropping arms and weapons in Punjab.

A top Army official said a software – Officers’ Automated Structured Infosystem – has been developed on the in-house Army intranet system for ‘gentleman cadets’ to digitise their service records. The system was rolled out on September 29.

“It will contain complete digitised records of all serving officers including occurrences, claims, photos of dependents, pay slips, leaves and encashment of leaves apart from other details. Army officers serving in areas that have no Internet service can access the software through the Intranet. Till date, all records were stored physically,” said an officer.

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The new system will contain complete digitized records of all serving officers of Indian Army including occurrences, claims, photos of dependents, pay slips, leaves and encashment of leaves apart from other details. Pixabay

Gentlemen cadets will henceforth be required to fill in their relevant details at the time of commissioning. The records can be accessed only by the Army. For users, the software provides a query system too that can be raised in boxes.

After retirement of officers, the data will be transferred to the Retired Officers Digital Records Archive that contains records of all Army veterans. Sources said over 400 officers have digitized their records on the Intranet system so far.

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The Army already has a system in place for maintaining digitised records of jawans which is known as HRMS Suite. (IANS)