Friday, January 2, 2015


  02 Jan 2015 
Dear Veterans

Letter written to three Chiefs regarding One Rank One Pension (OROP) misleading statements by RM  dated 02 Jan 2015 is enclosed herewith for your information and widest circulation please. 
With regards,
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)                                                                               Chairman IESM                                                                                                                  Mob: +919312404269, 0124-411057                                                                                Email ID:     


                                                                                                  02 Jan 2015
General Dalbir Singh                                             
PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC                              
Chief of the Army Staff 
Integrated HQs of  Ministry of Defence (Army)
South Block, New Delhi-110011
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha                              
PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC                                                                            
Chief of the Air Staff & Chairman,
Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC),                                  
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Air Force)
Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011
Admiral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC                                                                         Chief of the Naval Staff                                                                               
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy)             
South Block, New Delhi -110011
      On behalf of IESM and on my own behalf I wish the New Year Bring Lots of Happiness, Achievements and Glory to you and Service you are honoured to lead.

           I would like to draw your attention to the most important statement of hon’ble Raksha Mantri as reported in The Times of India dated 01 Jan 2015 in New Delhi Edition as New Year gift to Armed Forces. Though we are happy he noticed grave deficiencies of important items such as bullet proof jackets and Snow boots to be given to our troops deployed in extreme High Altitude Areas performing life threatening op duties, what shocked us is his statement “only 80% of veterans will get OROP at a cost of Rs 6,000 per annum.”

RM has been making conflicting and questionable statements ever since has taken over.

·         OROP cannot be dynamic in nature. When pay goes up because of increments it cannot be passed on to pensioners. His interview to The Economic Times.

·        80% Satisfaction is what I am aiming to achieve. Even in real life we cannot get 100%. His comments in The Headlines Today conclave in Dec 2014 in New Delhi.

·     Only 80% of veterans will get OROP at a cost of Rs 6,000 per annum. His statement reported by The Times of India dated 01 Jan 2015 at page no 11.

         You know the implication of this statement which I do not find any reason to disbelieve. This means OROP is given to only 80% who are Sepoys and those of 20% who are NCOs, JCOs and Officers will not be given OROP. The bureaucrats have appeared to have sold the idea to break up this Defence fraternity into majority Sepoy group by giving them OROP and isolate minority 20%.

            Pl consider the after effects of this nefarious design of bureaucrats. The serving community will be divided vertically. You will have to compare this with what Mr Arun Jaitely told us “Lower your Expectations”

          I am bringing to your notice a famous quote of Sir Wiston Churchill:   “Indian Army is not so much an arm of the executive branch as it is of the Indian people.  Military professionals have an obligation to ensure that the political leaders are counseled and alerted to the needs and necessities of military life. This cannot be done by adhering to the notion that military profession is silent order of monks, isolated from the political realm.”

          There is need for the three serving Chiefs to speak to RM and PM at the earliest to stop this anticipated division  in the  structure of Armed Forces which will seriously and adversely effect the operational efficiency.  Please don’t let that happen in the implementation of OROP. Dear Chiefs you may not be affected today but future generations will face the ill effects of this policy in five to ten years and it will be difficult to reverse the trend at that time.

            You are therefore, requested to jointly and strongly take up the issue with the Govt.  It will be against the SC Judgement where in while adjudicating a case of Armed Forces Veteran said unambiguously that “Either you give a benefit to all or do not give it at all.  You cannot give something to a few and deny the same to others”.  Defence Forces are composite structure and have set ethos, morals and values which must be preserved.  The very fabric of Armed Forces will be broken if OROP is given to some and denied to some when it has been sanctioned by two parliaments with specific definition for All Armed Forces Personnel. 

            I rest my case here and leave judgment to you to do what you want.

            With regards

Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)                                                                                           Chairman IESM                                                                                                                                 Mob: +919312404269, 0124-4110570                                                                                             Email ID:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (SOURCE- FWD E-MAIL BY AR NAIDU)


  1. We were quite hopeful with the promises of present government and were told time and again that this is the government which is going to fulfil the long pending demand of the Ex-servicemen of Defence Forces. But the way our Respected RM is speaking it seems that this government only aims to work at 80% of whatever they are on with. Whether it is the development (only 80% effort will be there), their loyalty towards their country (only 80% loyalty will be there) even overall working of the government we think will only be to deliver only 80% of what is needed. It is because now the time has come to do everything only at 80% efficiency. So Please Indian Brothers and Sisters IF YOU GIVE YOUR 100% TO ANY WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING THAN YOU WILL BE PURLY INELLIGIBLE IN THE EYES OF THE GOVERNMENT. SO YOU MUST DO YOURSELF AND INSIST ON OTHERS TO DO EVERYTHING THEY LIKE OR WISH AT 80%.

  2. This is bewildering, they are trying to divide and rule, what is 80% of veterans get and 20%,,not, very shocking, I really,doubt that statement its in what context RM has made that statement? This is absolutely misgiving and misguiding of RM by bureaucrats, PM has to intervin and set it right

  3. MOD is very aware that alzeimers of public memories and that old age is short, would see off the current insolent veterans in due course of time as the Military brass is with them. The veterans will die of nothing or have nothing but medals considered worthless even by the Top or die for nothing . But we die happy because the flag was held firmly by all of us and did not permit it to fall to ground. Apparently only the Judiciary appreciates the service of the veterans when they protected all at the peril of their lives Inspite of current trend to degrade them for services rendered even taken to the Apex Court to blast them off for their insolence of questioning the Babus

  4. Sir, I have already said that this Govt (BJP) is not able to grant OROP to poor ESM because they are all businessmen and a business can think about his benefit not his workers.

  5. I had earlier commented that OROP is on ventilator. Nothing is going to happen.The movement should be taken on roads.All esm assemble in Jantar mantar on 01 Feb and show the solidarity.

  6. Sir, I would like to know what would be the factor while preparing the fitment formula of OROP? There are certain ranks in which the men are served even beyond 15 years because the promotional avenues were less.The apprehensions may please be looked into..........

  7. Should Indian Armed forces protect the 80% country only? Can we afford to have 80% of our nation??????