Friday, January 22, 2016


21st January 2016

The Raksha Mantri
South Block, Ministry of Defence
New Delhi

Urgent Need to Rectify Anomalies in OROP
in Govt notification dated 7 Nov 15

Dear Shri Manohar Parrikar ji

Please refer to Govt executive letter dated 26 Feb 14, press release dated 5 Sep 15, Govt notification dated 7 Nov 15 and 14 Dec 15. Please also refer to the statement made by MOS Defense Sh Rao Inderjit Singh in Parliament on 2 Dec in reply to question asked by Sh Rajeev Chandrashekhar regarding implementation of OROP. (All attached)

One Rank One Pension was approved by UPA Govt in budget dated 17 Feb 14 and then by NDA Govt in their budget dated 10 Jun 14. UPA Government issued an executive order dated 26 Feb 14 for the implementation of OROP dues to veterans at the earliest. This was never implemented by the MOD nor a demand note was ever raised. The approved definition of OROP by two Governments is given below.

One Rank One Pension (OROP) implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces Personnel retiring in the same rankwith the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to beautomatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.

OROP implies that a senior rank soldier should never draw pension less than his junior rank soldier. This cardinal principle is the soul of OROP and must never be violated.

Government issued a notification on 7 Nov 15 for implementing OROP. Government reiterated above-mentioned definition of OROP in the letter but introduced some conditions in the notification that completely destroy the definition approved by two parliaments. These conditions have created four anomalies which completely violates the definition and thereby, the soul of OROP. These anomalies are discussed in detail in succeeding paragraphs.

1)    Fixation of Pension on calendar year of 2013 instead of FY of 2014: Fixation of pension as per calendar year 2013 would result in past retirees getting less pension of one increment than the soldier retiring today. This will result in past retirees drawing lesser pensions than present retirees. This will completely destroy definition of OROP approved by two Parliaments and will also result in loss of one increment across the board for past pensioners in perpetuity.
2)    Fixation of pension as mean of Min and Max pension: Fixing pension as mean of Min and Max pension of 2013 would result in more anomalies wherein same ranks with same length of service will draw two or more different pensions thus violating the very principle of OROP. This issue was discussed with RM in various meetings and after due deliberations it was decided that accepting highest pension of each rank in the year would meet the requirement as base of pension.
3)    Payment wef 1st Jul 14 instead of 1st Apr 14: OROP has been approved in budget of 2014-15 by two parliaments. As per norms of Government, all proposals approved in budget are applicable from 1st April of that FY. In the case of OROP, the Govt had issued specific orders to its applicability wef 1st April 14. Hence implementation date for OROP from 1st July will be against the Parliament approval. Changing the date would result in loss of 3 months emoluments for OROP across the board. However, if OROP implementation date is to be kept as 1st July, then the base pension should also be accepted as per the PPOs of July 2014.
4)    Pension Equalisation every five year: Pension equalisation every five year will result in a senior rank soldier drawing lesser pension than a junior rank soldier for five years thus OROP definition will be violated for five years. This will also result in permanent violation of definition as fresh cases will come up every year.

These anomalies will result in lesser pensions to widows, soldiers, NCOs and JCOs than what will be due to them on approval of OROP. This will result in veterans not getting OROP as per approved definition and will create large discontentment across all ranks.

There is a need to have a relook at the pensions of Hon Nb Subedars, Majors and Lt Cols.

a)     Some Havildars are granted rank of Hon Naib Subedar in view of their exemplary service. These soldiers are not granted pension of Naib Subedar thus making the Hon rank just ceremonial. It is requested that Hon Naib Subedars should get pension of a Naib Subedar rather than that of a Havildar. Similarly, this must be accepted as a principle and it should be applicable to all Hon ranks in case of NCOs and JCOs.
b)    There are only a few Majors as veterans. Moreover no officer is retiring in Major rank now. In the past, officers were promoted to Major rank after completing 13 yrs of service whereas present officers are getting promotion of Lt Col in 13 yrs. It will be justified to grant all pensioners of the rank of Major, minimum pension of Lt Col as they cannot be compared to present retirees as officers are not retiring as Majors any more. Number of such affected officers is not more than 800 and will not cause heavy burden to Govt.
c)     Similarly, all pre-2004 retiree Lt Cols should get the minimum pension of full Col. Presently all officers retire in the rank of Colonel hence all Lt Col equivalents should be granted min pension of Colonels.

In view of above you are requested to rectify these anomalies and issue addendum to notification issued on 7 Nov 15 for implementation of OROP. We strongly believe that there will be no requirement of judicial committee for attending to anomalies creeping up in implementation of OROP. Grant of increase in pension in case of honorary ranks and Majors and Lt Col must also be approved as a good will gesture.

This letter is being signed by three major organizations with the approval of more than 200 organizations. List of such organizations is attached.

      sd/-                                sd/-                                                   sd/-
Lt Gen Balbir Singh        Col Inderjit Singh                        Maj Gen Satbir Singh
Chairman IESL              Chairman AIEWA                           Chairman IESM
Advisor UFESM              Chairman UFESM                          Advisor UFESM

Copy to:

  • Mr Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, North Block, Finance Ministry, Government of India
  • Mr Jayant Sinha, MoS, Finance, North Block, Finance Ministry, Government of India
  • General Dalbir Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of Army Staff
  • Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff & Chairman Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC)
  • Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of Naval Staff
(Source- Via Gp e-mail)


  1. Sir , This is also applicable in the rank of pbor as exremple a acting naik has 20 years and six months ofservice with ememplary character , all out standing ACRs and have passed the promotion cader no any kind of punishment in his entire service and also have civil education qualifucation MA. B.Ed . Pl also these quote the less pension in your letter. U r always quoting the less pension of officer not even a single letter of brave jawans of indian army. Kush ta hamray varey v likh do pl. This is not good. Pl resent request with jawans and ncos objections. Thanks.

  2. कोई बात नहीं रवि शर्मा जी जवानो की समस्या के लिए हमारे मानवीय मोदी जी एवं मानवीय पर्रिकर जी हैं जो जवानो के बारे सोचते और बोलते भी हैं ! भरोसा कीजिए सब ठीक होगा !

    1. Sirf bolte rahe hain aur bolte rahenge jab tak AJ ki samajh men nahin ayega....

    2. संजय जी अगर सोचते तो प्रि 2006 का एरियर जो ऑफिसर को मिल गया वो जवानो को अभी तक क्यों नही मिला जो dec 15 ने मिल गया लेटर 547 में साफ लिखा pbor के लिए जेसे वो नही मिला वेसे ही orop भी नही मिलेगी मे लिख कर दे रहा हु अगर मिल जाये तो बताना

  3. dear sirs,
    whatever you write and communicate both FM and DM are having one dustbin meant for OROP correspondence, let them issue chart laer on we shall go to one man judicial commission, if failed take the help of our bismar thatha grand father ram jeth malni he will take up the case and win

  4. There were letters galore written by various retired Generals, ESM associations and eminent personalities/journalists highlighting these very points over a period of last two years and more. But the government is still adamant to stick to their diluted version of OROP. Is it not a time to change the stance of the the OROP movement from the passive and disciplined movement in the Gandhian way to an aggressive mode? I suggest that it is time to take this matter to the Apex Court with a request to give a fair judgement at an early date. Many generations of war widows, and veterans were gone without seeing the fruits of the OROP movement fighting for it. It took almost 100 years for our country to attain independence from a foreign rule by the British. Here, we are struggling to get a dignified pension in free India for almost four decades from our own insensitive government; who time and again thank for the sacrifice of our youth and in many cases life in service to Mother India, but ignore our plight. It is time up for the government to pay up our dues. Let us go to the Supreme Court with no further delay. This must be our OROP final bugle call to the present NDA government.

  5. It is nice to see that all three ESM associations, the IESL, AIEWA and IESM wrote this final call in unison. Such togetherness gives us the strength for, divided we are weak as the old adage goes.

  6. Dear Veterans,
    Please remember " United we stand and Divided we fall" Need of the hour is UNITY.
    Our aim is OROP as per approved definition and we should stick to it. By raising other issues we are diluting our demand. We should therefore concentrate on OROP for the present.

  7. Nothing for pbor who served more than 20 years of service should get 50% of total emoluments and arrears pre-2006 wef 01.01.2006 to 23.09.2012 like officers. No pbor has got single penny so far, officer have received 4 to 5 lakhs before Diwali and pbor are waiting for 3 to 4 thousands only, different rule for pbor and officers, what a strange

  8. The points raised in this letter are not new and are very well known to each and every person who matters -- PM, RM, FM , all ministers and MPs, whether intelligent or duffers, grown ups or Pappus,big bureaucrats or Aam aadmi, print or electronic media, every segment has let the veterans down unfairly. Do not expect a real fair OROP!! If only the government had been little more graceful and tactful to take the veterans along, even the current OROP as per the government with all these anomalies could have been sold to the veterans.

  9. This type of letter and notification of Nov 15 are incapable to convince pbor. Where is the govt letter and revised pension table which is promised to be roled out in this month? Letus welcome that final call and jestify.

  10. Sir,
    I have been retired as Sub maj and got hony lt after my retirement. Nobody think about these ranks. In Navy and air force equal rank of Sub Maj are serving till 54 years of service whereas the Sub Majors in army have 4 years of service only. Sub and their equalant in air force and navy are getting hony lt without getting sub promotion of Sub Maj.Sub majors are over looked by granting Hony lt to sub which is very unfair. All Sub Majors are getting their promotion after screening. I request to grant Hony lt pension to all sub majors. They are also deprived to serve upto 54 years