Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Dear Members,

Further to the information given in the report of rally held on 1 Feb 15. On 1 Feb 15 a delegation of 30 ESM including four veernaris met RM at Kotah house. RM had promised to take action on OROP latest by 17 Feb 15.

IESM has a good news for you. Your dream of OROP has moved a step closer to its approval.

As promised by RM to IESM delegation that he will personally monitor the progress on OROP. True to his promise he has chaired a meeting today of OROP action committee. The meeting was attended by CGDA,DESW, MOD and Army pay cell Maj Gen Aggarwal and Col Pruthi. Col Rathore also attended the meeting. It is confirmed that OROP file has finally reached MOD.
Following decisions have been taken in the meeting today 17 Feb 15.
  1. OROP will be as per approved definition.
  2. In most of cases ESM will get fixed at highest of their rank pay band.
  3. OROP equalization will be done annually.
  4. Some issues of Major's pension are under discussion and will be sorted out soon.
RM gave special instructions to Gen Aggarwal to inform Gen Satbir singh about this development. Gen Aggarwal informed IESM asap he came out of the meeting. File is under final scrutiny and preparation and file will be dispatched to MOF on 23 Feb as RM is going to attend Annual Aero Show at Bangaluru from 17 to 22 Feb.

CGDA has already issued circular no 536 giving increase in pension of widows w.e.f. 24 Sep 12. This circular fixes the pension of widow at 60% of the pension of the ESM as given in circular 500. Widows will get this enhanced pension from 24 Sep 2012. They will further get arrears from 1 Jan 2006 as and when the MOD issues such instructions.

Dear Members hold your celebration till budget. We will finally come to know how much funds get allotted for OROP in this years budget and will raise a toast for OROP on that day.

IESM salutes sincerity of RM Sh Manohar Parrikar. He is a man of his words. He had promised action on OROP by 17 Feb and he has executed it.


On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 6:24 AM, Ranbir Lamba <> wrote
New Delhi: Aiming to fulfill a long-standing demand of ex-servicemen regarding the implementation of 'one rank, one pension' norm, the government may categorise 'military pension' as a different pension category.

Official sources said that is likely that military pension may be soon categorised as a separate category which would ensure that it cannot be equated with other pensions.

"There are several reasons because of which the government is contemplating such a move to differentiate this service. First of all this is the only service where a majority of soldiers retire at the age of 34 years. There is constant risk to life and the service hours are round the clock," a well placed source said.

Explaining the logic further, the source said that military is also the last line of defence and such a step will also have a motivational and inspirational value.

Sources said that the Finance ministry and the Defence Ministry are making efforts towards fulfilling the commitment.

It is learnt that the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have been deliberating on the issue.

The move is expected to cost around Rs 8,000 crore, the sources said.

"Detailed planning is required as there are hundreds of ranks and thousands of permutations and combinations involved," a source said.

One rank, one pension scheme has been a long-standing demand of the over 2 million ex-servicemen in the country.

It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.
First Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 19:41

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