16 Aug 10 points explaining the one rank one pension
1.Retired service personnel are also expecting a year old pay in pensions at the new rate, which if approved will be a boon for all the pensioners.
2.A group of retired service personnel leading protests at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi claim ex-jawans are willing to fast unto death for OROP. With Anna Hazare with them, the retired service personnel say they will also protest in election-bound states such as Bihar.
3. In the civil services, the retirement age is 60, whereas in the defence services 85 per cent soldiers are compulsorily retired between 35 and 37 years of age. Another 12-13 per cent soldiers retire aged between 40 and 54 years.
4. The Supreme Court had ordered the implementation of One Rank One Pension 6 years ago in 2009, and in February 2015, reminded the NDA government that it is yet to do so. In 1983, the Supreme Court had said, “Pension is not a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer.
5. Currently, the pension for retired service personnel is based on the Pay Commission suggestions at the time when they were retired. So, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws less pension than a Lt. Colonel who retired after 1996.
6.Implementing One Rank One Pension it will cost the government at least an estimated Rs. 8,300 crore annually and the Finance Ministry has yes to take the final decision on it.One Rank One Pension will lead to benefit of at least 25 lakh ex-servicemen.
7.The BJP Government had OROP as one of its election promises. Ex-servicemen are now demanding that the present government should fulfil its promise.
8. In its last Budget of 2014 and just a few months away from the general election,, the Congress-led UPA government announced that OROP would be passed, but it allocated a meagre Rs. 500 crore to the OROP.
9. The present day BJP government says that it was very much inadequate and that it has, since it came to power, it has been working hard to implement OROP.
10. The retired service personnel demanding OROP also point out that civil servants cannot be discharged by the government on account of disability until they reach their age of retirement. But soldiers can be discharged from the services at any time on account of disability.
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