Friday, 28 March 2014
One Rank One Pension – What is the delay in the Implementing Order?
Is the implementation letter/order of OROP stuck because CGDA, tasked by MoD (vide GoI/MoD No. 12 (01)/2014-D(Pen/Pol) letter dated 26 Feb 14) to “work out the modalities……to implement the same” awaiting a DGL from Service HQ though the onus is on CGDA?
Further, is a twist that the (in)famous DESW has inserted in the ibid letter dated 26 Feb 14. The RM directed in the 26 Feb 14 meeting as follows: -
“5. He directed CGDA may initiate steps in consultation with the three Services, MoD Finance & Department of ESW to give effect to this decision. Ex-Servicemen may also be appropriately consulted as required by the Services.”
DESW has amended the RM’s directive as “Accordingly, CGDA may work out the modalities in consultation with Service Hqrs (sic) (who in turn may approrpriately consult ex-servicemen), Department …………and take necessary action to implement the same.”
Is the CGDA not aware as to what principle to follow to furnish the DGL, have it vetted and approved and pay the OROP by 30 Apr 14 (first pension of FY 2014-15)? CGDA was present in the meeting on 26 Feb 14!
To jog CGDA’s memory - RM has made that clear in Para 3 of his directive as follows: - “It was noted that One Rank One Pension (OROP) implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of the date of retirement and any future enhancement of the rates of pension to be automatically 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.”
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