Friday, July 3, 2015
By PTI | 3 Jul, 2015, 08.29PM IST
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has conveyed the NDA government's "unequivocal commitment" in implementing 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) when a delegation of ex-servicemen, who are on a strike for past 19 days pressing for its execution, met him.
Not happy with Parrikar's assurance, the agitating ex-servicemen said the question of ending the protest does not arise without a government announcement on implementing the long-pending demand.
"A six member delegation of United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM) met the Defence Minister last night. Parrikar conveyed unequivocal commitment of the party (BJP)and the government towards implementation of OROP," said Col (retd) Anil Kaul, spokesman of the Front.
He said Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag was also present at the meeting. "The question of calling off the relay hunger strike does not arise unless a date for implementing it is announced and that too without dilution," he said. Kaul said the minister told the delegation that the file pertaining to OROP with various observations regarding resolutions of complexities had been received by him but he had not been able to study it.
The Narendra Modi government has been maintaining that it is committed to OROP, a key promise made during Lok Sabha poll.
Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.
Currently, the pension for ex-servicemen is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when they had retired.
(Source- Economic times)
OROP Petition to Prime Minister of India - (Registration Number:PMOPG/E/2015/0013739) : REPLY RECEIVED
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|Name Of Complainant||:||GOUNI VENKATANARAYANA|
|Date of Receipt||:||27 Jun 2015|
|Received by||:||Prime Ministers Office|
|Forwarded to||:||Pen Policy|
|Contact Address||:||Room No. 220A B Wing Sena Bhawan|
|Grievance Description||:||Respected Prime Minister Sir,|
My salutations to you. The Military Pensions (70% of last pay drawn) were given to Veterans upto 31.12.1972.(The last pay used to be less because of less number of years of service). The then Govt (especially babus)led by Smt Indira Gandhi, envious of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw's huge success of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation, reduced it to 50% and at the same time increased Civilian pensions to 50% for all (33%- since they were getting more pay due to maximum number of years of service). (33 years service stipulation for earning full (was applicable to Civ employees, then applied to AF Veterans). Thus, the veterans pensions were reduced to half of approved 50%(25% in realily) pensions wef 1.1.1973. The veterans resented and represented to various authorities.
A plethora of Committees were appointed to look into the problem. All the same, the Govt and the babus justied denial of OROP mainly on admin, legal and financial grounds.
Finally the Koshiari Committee rejected the illogical reasoning of babus and the report was okayed by the august house. The previous regime, Half heartedly, allotted a 500 cr budget for OROP and your Govt gave 1000 CR.
Although the DGL was prepared by Services HQ in Apr 2014, the CGDA never really tried to sort out the impasse. True, the MOD should have framed this policy (as per business rules) but deliberately asked CGDA (an unwilling horse) to chair and decide. The net result is nil as of date.
And the same person (CGDA earlier) is now in MoF (Secy Finance). So, the relentless obstacles, appear, one at a time, all the time. And the OROP could not be announced by the PM at Mathura Meeting in May 15.
Sir, the Raksha Mantri has already done the homework, and the exact finances figure of 8298 crores was also given. The FM stated that everytime provision in budget is not necessary. The PM's statement that OROP definition is 'PECHIDA" had hit the Veterans very hard, for they were hopeful that this Govt will come to their rescue.
So, therefore, the babus succeeded and the jawans failed.
Sir, kindly call the stakeholders once and decide. All along, someone who is not concerned with the Veterans are deciding their fate.
The best occasion for declaring the OROP by the Govt would be at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, 28.6.2015, to remember our great Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, to co-inside with his death anniversary.
In anticipation of OROP Declaration on 28.6.15 and thanking you in advance, Sir.
Yours faithful Air Force Veteran
Sgt GV Narayana (retired)
HYDERABAD-8 (TELANGANA STATE)
|Current Status||:||CASE CLOSED|
|Date of Action||:||03 Jul 2015|
|Details||:||वन रैंक वन पेंशन को लागू करने के तौर तरीके सरकार के विचाराधीन है. Modalities for implementation of One Rank One Pension are under consideration of the Government.|
That's what Col Sridharan, a course mate of mine has written on the PM's Face Book. The anguish we veterans feel, hope does not spill over. God forbid, that would be the saddest day. Regards.
Lt Gen JK Mohanty,
34 NDA Course,
PM sahib : What is in your Maan for OROP? Namo is the Mantra that we chanted when we the Veterans like me, voted for u. You are no better than your predecessors. No Maan and No Baat Sahib?
U have no conscience PM Sahib? Why make false promises and keep quiet and let your Minister of Defence make some stupid uncalled for remarks and back him like you have backed Sushma and Raje?
I as a Veteran officer voted for BJP and today I find that your Government is as bad as the Government in 1962, when we the armed forces got a bloody nose and lost hundreds of soldiers and officers. Have u read history PM Sir?
Do u know that this Denial mode to our Veterans and their legitimate demands will cause more harm in the days to come . U r sending a message to people of India not to join armed forces. Sad indeed Modiji.
Modiji : u served tea. We served the nation. The difference is that we Veterans are at the mercy of a Chai seller who has no love for us Veterans, but your own self.
Sad PM sahib.
Colonel ( Veteran) A Sridharan VSM
( returned all my medals )
I am from Coimbatore. Have me killed by ur cronies or harass me. At my age I await death under ur misrule
Colonel A Sridharan
(Source- India of my dreams)
A good technical analysis of the situation. ...a personal conclusion. ..needs validation from those who know the inside truth. ..the andar ki baat. ..known to very very few. ...who are very closely associated. ..with those in power.
"Sivasankar Vidyasagar" csvidyasagar - here are my own analysis of political situation in our country.
The India Today in Sep 1981 wrote a main article that Ms Indira Gandhi then hon'ble PM overruled objections of Mr Pranab Mukerjee (Yes you guessed it correctly, the only intelligent guy who knew Congress will be wiped out in 2014 elections and reported to have arm twisted Ms Sonia Gandhi to nominate him to post of President so that for five years he is not dragged to courts by CBI etc)...Was then Min of State for Finance and his battalion of Babus in Min of Fin not to grant Entilted Rations in 1983.
It is rumoured ( published in The India Today of 1982 ) that Gen KV Krishna Rao sought and got an appointment with Ms Indira Gandhi and submitted her, his resignation letter and reported to have told her "I have lost moral courage to command Army".
She called Mr Pranab and ordered him "I want implementation letter tomorrow at 1000 hrs on my table.!!!" Mr Pranab Mukherjee rattled at this development cajoled COAS to accept ration money which the latter flatly refused.
Gen KV Krishna Rao never bargained for post retirement benefits but was appointed Governor of Nagaland and then J & K for his Military Qualities and forthrightness. I tend to believe this story of The India Today.
This incident if it is true ( I do not have reasons not disbelieve) makes me to draw following conclusions :-
(a) Mr Narendra Modi even today is not as strong as Ms Indira Gandhi in 1982. He has to fight his battles within BJP. So he can not throw out all those who served Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999 - 2004 in one go. I am sure you know Mr Modi is no where in the same league as Mr Arun Jaitley (Law Minister at that time), Ms Sushma Swaraj (Cabinet Minister) Politically and even in BJP. He was a rank outsider. So how does he deal with such senior lot ?
He has to pretend to listen to Mr Arun Jaitley who is bent on not granting OROP.
He is not comfortable with Mr Jaitley and wants him to make some goof up and then drop him from his council of ministers.
(b) Mr Arun Jaitley, Ms Sushma Swaraj are waiting to strike at Mr Modi at opportune time. So Modi cannot afford to annoy them anymore. So he needs to gain some time to gain an upper hand over them. For this he needs time till he gains adequate courage to tell them to grant OROP.
So my guess is OROP will not be granted for next two to three years.
The first step is to anoint Mr Amit Shah as BJP President so that he can take full control over Govt and Party. I am sure such actions need approval of old guard of BJP presently in his cabinet and so Mr Modi has to oblige them.
It makes one thing clear :
If Mr Modi has to wage a battle with Mr LK Advani and others, he needs support of Mr Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj for some time till he becomes all powerful as he was in Gujarat in 2013. Pl see Mr Narendra Modi in 2002 when he was nominated to post of CM and the same Mr Modi in Sep 2013 as CM of Gujarat. His was last word in Gujarat and it took him good about 5 to 6 years to reach that autocratic position.
(c) What benefit will Mr Modi get by granting OROP now though he has promised OROP several times?
Wada todne ke liye diya jataya hai Sir. Don't you know famous words of Mr Arun Jaitley
"We make lots of promises before elections but all can not be fulfilled"..!!
(d) Mr Arun Jaitley also can not take his sword out and jab at Mr Modi as Jaitley is not capable of winning even a corporator seat in MCH and forget about winning Lok Sabha election. So it is blow hot and blow cold.
He can bark at Mr Modi but can not bite.
(e) What is the reaction of PMFs and CAPFs if OROP is granted is the question for which Mr Modi has no answer.
No PM can overlook advice of Director IB. You may call OROP as Military Pension but these police organisations who got more allowances than faujis would not keep quiet. How to quieten them? Their strength is also as much as faujis. So will they not lose their votes ?
(f) All the old guard in BJP want Mr Modi to fail miserably so that they can take revenge for being sidelined. So Mr Modi has to walk a tight rope.
(g) There are Congis (who just defected to BJP in end of 2013 and two to three of them are ministers with blessings of Ms Sonia Gandhi to sabotage BJP from within) are planted in BJP by Congress High Command. They will exploit all possible rumblings in BJP like Shakuni of Maha Bharat did to Kauravas and bring downfall of Mr Modi's Govt. They pretend to be servile to Mr Modi and will stab him in the back and return to Congress after their triumphant victory.
(h) Old guard of BJP want their party to lose in Bihar and lose miserably like in Delhi. Then you see approval ratings of Mr Modi within BJP will come down and slowly the old guard led by Mr LK Advani ably supported by Mr Arun Shourie, Murali Manohar Joshi, Maj Gen BC Khanduri, Arun Jaitely, Susham Swaraj will bray for blood of Mr Modi for bringing BJP to such a pass.
(k) If BJP does not get elbow room in West Bengal then Mr Modi can pack up his bags and go back to Gandhi Nagar.
Let us analyse the Present COAS. He is not a Gen KV Krishna Rao even by a light year. He is implicated in dacoity case in Jorhat, Assam when he was GOC 3 Corps and is one of the accused in the hon'ble High court of Guwahati for the crime committed by his Int & Svl gp of 3 Corps which was directlyunder him and who carried out dacoity in Jorhat.
Can he afford to annoy even Desk Officer of MoD
IB would be definitely maintaining a file on him. So he is told to go to Jhajjar and make a grand announcement just before Haryana elections that OROP letter will be issued before 30 Mar 2015. So he is acting as messenger of BJP to get victories in state elections for BJP.
Papi pet ke liye he sab karna padta hai sirjee.
COAS is ordered to cajole ESM organisations not to stage any protest rallies by arranging meetings with RM, FM and even PM.
So he is just a HIS MASTER'S VOICE.
Can you ever dream that he can thump his 56 inch chest and say " Give OROP or I am going to resign".
Just imagine what would you do if you are in place of Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag.He is waiting for his tenure to finish and want to enjoy enhanced OROP thanks to 7th CPC. He in all likelyhood will beg to be appointed as Governor of tiny Puducheery so that he is not called by High Court of Guwahati post his retirement.
I am told IESM has repeatedly asked for an audience with PM but PMO does not want to grant it in the near future.
Pl draw your own conclusions. I could be totally naive and wrong in my conclusions.
I wish I am wrong
(Source- Vasundhra blog)
Apart from seven members of the IESM, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh were also present in the meeting. Photo: PTI
by Jugal R Purohit
Veterans to rebuff 1965 Indo-Pak War jubilee over OROP. Ex-servicemen begin relay hunger strikeOROP scheme likely to be rolled out ahead of Bihar polls
It took eighteen days of protests in the national capital and an intervention by Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar for the first contact between protesting armed forces veterans and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to take place. However, the meeting failed to break the deadlock with the veterans insisting that they won't call off their protest just yet.
The meeting took place at the Akbar road residence of Manohar Parrikar, where the defence minister, Army chief General Dalbir Singh were present along with seven representatives of the Indian Ex Servicemen Movement (IESM). While the initial time was 6pm, the meeting which went on for forty minutes was postponed to 8pm.
Said IESM General Secretary Group Captain Captain (Retd) VK Gandhi, "It was a positive meeting. The minister assured us of the party and the government's resolve in implementing the OROP. He also said that the file on OROP had come to him with comments from different departments only today and that he needed to go through." He added, "Parrikar said anyone can write their observations on the file but the political class will take a stand and reason it out. He also assured us there will be no dilution." Asked if this was good enough for them to call off their protests, Gandhi replied in the negative. Another meeting in this regard may take place on Monday or Tuesday as Parrikar has sought time from the veterans to go through all the issues that departments have put on file.
Earlier in the day, when Chandrasekhar visited the site of the protest, he was informed that the only way to break the protest would be for the government to commit a date publically by when the OROP implementation would take place.
When asked, the MoD did not have a comment to provide on the matter.
What is OROP?
- One Rank One Pension, simply put is similar pension to all who held the same rank and put in equal number of years of service, irrespective of when one retired
- Implementing OROP will ensure that an army Major (example) retired in 1985 will get the same pension as one retiring in 2015, provided they have put in equal number of years in service
- Term popularized by Supreme Court's using it in 1983
- Ex Servicemen claim the case concerns close to 30 lakh pensioners, including widows
- Govt believes the financial implication of agreeing to OROP will come to the tune of Rs 8500 crore
- Govt has clarified that no matter when OROP is implemented, payments to veterans will be from April 1, 2014
- In February 2014, in its final Vote On Account, the UPA cleared OROP and allocated Rs 500 crore
- In July 2014, presenting the NDA's first interim budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs 1000 crore
However, till date there has no government order operationalising budget announcement.
(SOURCE_ BY INDIAN DEFENSE NEWS)