Thursday, February 19, 2015

Implement ‘one rank, one pension’ in three months: SC to Centre

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to implement its six-year-old verdict to follow the one rank, one pension (OROP) principle for retired armed forces personnel, reminding the BJP government that it had promised to do so in the run-up to last year’s Lok Sabha elections.

    A bench of justices TS Thakur and AK Goel warned the government of contempt if it failed to abide by its order within three months. “We make it clear that no further time will be granted for the purpose of implementation of the judgment,” the bench told additional solicitor general Pinky Anand who assured the bench that modalities would be worked out till then.

“This was part of your manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections. You must keep your word,” justice Thakur reminded Anand while hearing a contempt petition filed by retired Major General SPS Vains who dragged the defence ministry to court demanding the OROP scheme.

Armed forces personnel holding the same rank will get the same pension, regardless of the last drawn pay, years of service and the years served in a particular rank, under the OROP scheme.

Vains’s counsel, senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta, said the Union government wasn’t doing charity since there was a court order in his clients’ favour. “We have a judgment. It has been six years and we are still waiting,” Gupta told the apex court.

 He later told HT, “Before this judgment came, there was disparity among retired armed forces personnel receiving pensionary benefits that were calculated as per their pay-scale. So a major general, who retired before 1996 when the fifth pay commission was introduced, drew pension lower than not just a similarly ranked officer who retired post-1996 but also a brigadier, colonel and a lieutenant colonel.”

“The 2008 judgment brought everyone at par as the verdict said there should be no classification due to the date of retirement,” he added. Successive governments in the past have opposed OROP on the grounds that it would not be financially feasible.
However, the Modi government has promised to implement the policy that will benefit around 25 lakh ex-servicemen. OROP for the armed forces is likely to be part of the Union budget and could be implemented soon.

(Source- Sanjha Morcha)


  1. Will the government respect the highest judiciary and implement.

  2. I feel, there will still be many slips between the cup and lips, as the hardnosed & thick skinned bureaucracy may again come out with new excuses or interpretations, either to deny or delay, RM's latest publicly promise on 17 Feb 15 not-withstanding, as India is slowly turning into Executive RULED Democracy, as postulated by Arghya Sengupta in an article "The New Leviathan" in Feb 20, TOI.

  3. It has been reported that while implementing prop, 'x' and 'y' groups will exist. Such attempt of restoration of groups (x and y group) by MOD rejecting Service's DGL for one rank one pension in true sense is against the principle of implementation of one rank one pension. In that case, the majority of exservicemen will be deprived of their legitimate demand of one rank one pension and such an attempt will once again invite litigation in the long run. Can any one ever think of group amongst officers like flying/non-flying and or technical/non-technical;