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Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Meeting With FM - ESM sitrep 10 Aug evening
Date: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 6:06 AM Subject: Meeting With FM - ESM sitrep 10 Aug evening To:
When it was indicated that OROP was being blocked by the Finance Ministry, I had written to the Finance Minister on 6.6.2015 seeking a meeting. It materialised today, 10 August. A delegation comprising the following met him at 1800 Hours in his North Block office:
1.Lt Gen Balbir Singh, President IESL
2.Col HN Handa, President War Wounded Foundation
3.Col BK Sharma, President RDOA
4.Col Vijay Kumar, Treasurer RDOA
5.PO Dhani Ram, NAVY, constituent of UFESM
6.Sergeant VN Mishra, Gen Secy NEXCC
Having highlighted our disappointment at the abnormal delay in implementing OROP, we requested him to let us know the present status. He explained in detail the overall picture. He fully accepted the concept of total service being one of the parameters. "If pension is a deferred wage, then it is obvious that longer service should give higher pension" he said. He did sound apprehensive about the demand of frequent increase in pension of old pensioners. It was explained that passing on of any future enhancement to old pensioners is related to the increase in salaries which is presently happening only once a year and is not frequent. The Minister was clearly told that any dilution of this part of the definition will not be acceptable. He understood our stand.
The Minister further stated that the political decision to grant OROP is already taken and it WILL be given. On being asked to indicate a timeline, he said it should be days and not months.
Lt Gen Raj Kadyan
262, Sector - 17A
Gurgaon - 122 001
(Source- via e-mail from - ESM Group (Colonel N K Balakrishnan ( Retd )" SINHGARH",Pulleppady,