23 Feb 2014: Cong playing fraud with armed forces: Modi on 'One Rank One Pension'
21 April 2014: Congress has bluffed on 'one rank, one pension': Arun Jaitley
14 June, 2014: PM dedicates INS Vikramaditya to the Nation
The Last Word: Is One Rank One Pension announcement short of demand?
Rank Pay was a recommendation of the Pay Commission accepted by the Government and assured by another Prime Minister, who was assassinated (in 1991) before Maj Dhanapalan filed his case (in 1996). MoD manipulated the recommendations and Govt Resolution as can be inferred from Notes on MoD file No. B/25511/AKDP/AG/PS-3(a) and replies thereon to DOP&T and MoF, Deptt of Expenditure.
The Courts’ orders restoring the deduction of Rank Pay, the Ld Attorney General’s opinions based on a narrative of skilful verisimilitude and now the impleadment of the incumbent Defence Secretary and Controller General of Defence Accounts for alleged contempt are witness to the manner and method of alleged manipulation.
Non-Functional Upgradation is a scheme of “Of the Bureaucrats, For the Bureaucrats, by the Bureaucrats” (with apologies to President Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address).
Chairman of the 7th CPC is reported to have been informed in the presentation on 28 Aug 14 that MoD informed Service HQ that NFU for Armed Forces officers is not implementable because they are Commissioned officers and not organised Class A officers.
Will the Armed Forces need associations like the IAS Officers Association and IPS Officers Association to be recognised as organised? This is not possible because the Army, Navy and Air Force Acts prohibit forming associations and the MoD is misusing that prohibition.
However, One Rank One Pension and more importantly speedier implementation was promised by no less than two of the most important leading lights of the BJP majority-led NDA Government, the Honourable Prime Minister or Pradhan Sevak as he has called himself from the ramparts of Red Fort and Shri Arun Jaitely, the Honourable Finance Minister-cum-Defence Minister (excerpts from a few of the very many speeches, promises and commitments are given at the beginning of this piece.)
In February 2014, the much reviled UPA Govt announced setting aside Rs 500 crore for implementation of OROP in the Vote on Account/Interim Budget. With an uncharacteristic alacrity seen nowhere else in the MoD, A K Antony called a meeting of all stakeholders and set the definition of OROP with a week.
Then, when things did not move speedily enough, he constituted the Joint Working Group (JWG) with modalities set for the CGDA as Chairperson, and in consultation with the Armed Forces, to implement the OROP within three weeks. A few meetings took place till 12 Jun 14 when the JWG made a presentation to the RM-cum-FM and, things ground to a deafening halt though the new Defence-cum-Finance Minister issued instructions to come up with a solution. Three months have passed.
OROP, in other words, is the commitment made by then PM candidate and now Honourable PM/Pradhan Sevak, and also by then BJP candidate from Amritsar and now Honourable Finance-cum-Defence Minister.
So, what is holding up the implementation of OROP? How is the CGDA ignoring orders of the RM? Is there some other reason or order or authority from whom CGDA derives the strength to delay the implementation?