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Saturday, 29 August 2015
Rebuttal by Media Adviser UFESM to Times of India
by Media Adviser, UFESM to Times of India and Times Now
I am sending this Rebuttal from the nearest computer available at my
brother in law's place at Noida.
Apropos Times of India “Times view” published in
your edition of 29th August.
As media adviser of UFESM, I wish to
rebut your views and put the record straight of what is the essence of OROP and
not as postulated by you. In this connection your attention is invited to the
one point of contention between the government and ESM organisations. This
relates to a wrongly quoted and much misunderstood terminology of a 3% increase
in pension for all pensioners year on year in perpetuity.
In essence, it is not a 3% increase but is a
periodic review of pension to bring them at par with past pensioners. This has
been narrowed down to the figure of 3% keeping in view the 30% increase in
salaries of serving government servants between two pay commissions. When
related to pensions it is reduced to 1.5% being 50% of any pay slab. This is
further amplified that such an increase would be applicable to a pensioner till
he/she reaches the top scale of their authorized pension. There after it ceases
to be granted till such time as a new pay commission kicks in and salaries are
The current out flow of OROP due to the inordinate
delay in its implementation over the last 9 years has resulted in an increase
of estimated cost of approximately 6000 crores leading to a figure of 8,293
crores as a “onetime
payment.” There after as worked out by the three service
pay cells independently followed by a review and checking by CGDA and finally
the MoD. The figure of out flow in the following year would be .85% of the
defence pension budget and subsequently reducing @. .62, .32, .21 and 0.
Therefore by the 6th year there would be no review required. Mathematically
calculated the highest pro-rata percentage amounts to approximately Rs.1635
crores and reducing and therefore quite a low figure to what is being mentioned
in the range of 20,000 crores by un informed or deliberately obfuscating
individuals who do not have the best interest of the armed forces in their
Another figure being bandied around is the defence
pension bill of Rs. 54,500 crores. Unknown to most including servicemen and
veterans, who should be made aware, Rs 32,000 crores out of this services 4 lakh
defence civilians. The balance Rs 22,000 crores is all that is available for 26
lakh ESM and 6 lakh widows. To add insult to injury most of the defence
civilians are in receipt of Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFU), essentially
meaning that they have availed OROP since 2006. Incidentally for the
uninitiated the out flow of NFU in the past 8 years is whopping Rs 17,000
crores for a motley crowd of at best 20,000 personnel.
We on our part have
clearly spelt out the entire basis of our calculations but it seems that other
than MoD, the finance ministry and the PMO do not seem to be able to bring out
in the public domain any contentious issues that need to be ironed out. It is
our perception that whatever is being done in the current scenario by various
stake holders in the MoF & PMO is with a view to embarrass the Prime
Minister, by not allowing him to honour his commitments made on board the INS
Vikramaditya and re-confirmed in the sacred battle fields of Siachen. For us
soldiers honouring a commitment irrespective of the costs involved financial or
otherwise is much more important than the financial benefits of OROP.
Mr. Prime Minister, would you like to take a call?