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Will 'One Rank, One Pension' Take A Physical Form In Budget

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One Rank, One Pension
BENGALURU: The government is likely to fulfill a long standing demand of adopting ‘One Rank One Pension’ norms made by ex-personnel in particular. It may categorize military pension as a different pension category.
One rank one pension (OROP) is a demand by armed forces in order to ensure that the military pension cannot be equated with other pensions. This move is to bring a motivational and inspirational value to the armed forces.One Rank, One Pension
The information collected from The Times of India reveals that an estimation of Rs. 8,000 crore seems to be allocated by the government to accomplish its commitment made to the ex- servicemen, who have been stridently demanding one rank one pension for many years.
Predominantly, if an officer is retired in 1990 then he is not entitled to get this enhanced pension if the same is implemented during the later years.
The basic idea of OROP demand is that, the pension for the officers with the same rank must remain same all the time since the cost of living is reaching to the sky. OROP basically implies payment of pension uniformly among the retiring army personnel with the same rank and length of service.
The soldiers, airmen and the sailors retire much earlier than their other civilian counterparts like BSF or CRPF receive aborted pension. The government has taken it into account along with considering other hardship factors like risky and life threatening duties and long hours of efforts.
Being a long standing demand by 2 million ex- servicemen in the country for OROP, the Modi’s budget seems to ensure to bring goods future for army men in the long run.
SOURCE- http://www.siliconindia.com/finance/news/

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CGHS employees threaten indefinite strike from today

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Demand that recruitment be conducted for 2,000 vacant positions

Throwing almost 37 lakh beneficiaries into jeopardy, employees of the central government health scheme (CGHS) dispensaries have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Friday, unless their demand to fill 2,000 vacant posts is met by the Union health ministry. On Thursday, employees, who also staged a demonstration on Thursday, submitted their demands to health minister J P Nadda.

Mirror was told that for 37 lakh beneficiaries across India, there are only 4,000 employees. In Pune, 117 employees are deputed to handle nine dispensaries, two homoeopathy clinics and two laboratories.

Francis Ellis, general secretary of all-India CGHS, told Mirror that out of the 117, 30-odd are set to retire in the next one month. "While beneficiaries keep increasing, we are suffering a lack of manpower. There are 6,000 sanctioned posts, of which 4,000 are occupied. We need at least 5,000 employees to cater to all beneficiaries," Ellis said.

"If the ministry fails to act, it will leave beneficiaries — who are on regular medicines for diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc. — stranded," said Jaidev, president of the all-India CGHS employees association.

Those who visit dispensaries for routine health check-ups and to buy medicines will be left with no choice but to resort to private hospitals or chemist shops, said Madhav Bamne, the past president of all-India central government pensioners association.

"A good amount of money will then be needed to be spent. Us pensioners, who are paid a paltry amount of money, will find it difficult to afford private treatment. The CGHS employees association should think twice before calling a strike, which will affect us severely," said Bamne

All efforts to reach Nadda were futile, as his secretary insisted that the minister was busy at a meeting on this issue.

Source:http://www.punemirror.in/pune/others/CGHS-employees-threaten-indefinite-strike-from-today/articleshow/46304403.cms

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Recruitment for the Post of Constable/GD in Central Armed Police Forces, National Investigation Agency & Secretariat Security Force and Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles

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There are 62,390 vacancies of Constable/Rifleman in different Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in the country in the pay scale of Rs. 5200-20200 + Grade Pay Rs.2000/- which are to be filled through Constable/GD Exam – 2015 to be held on October 4, 2015. Out of the total vacancies 6,583 vacancies are earmarked for North Eastern states (including Sikkim) and 1,631 for Jammu and Kashmir including 447 vacancies earmarked for 11 border districts of the State.

The written examination will be conducted in Hindi, English and 15 regional languages including   Bengali, Assamese, Manipuri & Mizo languages for NE States and Kashmiri (Urdu script) for J&K. The written test will be preceded by the Physical Standard Test (PST) & Physical Efficiency Test (PET).  Only those candidates who qualify the PST & PET will be allowed to appear in the written examination.  The requisite height for PST is 170 cms for male and 157 cms for female and the requisite chest parameter is 80 cms (for male only).  However, the physical standard requirements of height and chest have been relaxed for the candidates of NE States (including Sikkim) and J&K. Details are available on SSC’s website- http://ssc.nic.in and Employment News dated 24.01.2015..

There is no fee for SC, ST, Woman and Ex-serviceman candidates for applying in this exam. The last date for receipt of application & form is 2nd March, 2015 for the candidates of NE States and J&K.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

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

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    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.

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