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BRIEFING OF IESM MEETING WITH DM ON OROP

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Dear Members

IESM delegation of five members met RM Sh Manohar Parrikar today at 1400 h. The salient points of the issues discussed in the meeting are given below and are attached. I am sure this will satisfy most of the queries of veterans arising out of budget speech given on 28 Feb 15. This is now clear that one needs to be optimistic and OROP will be out soon. However hold your celebrations till Notification of OROP is out as there is many a slip between the cup and the lip. 

Meeting of IESM Delegation with RM Sh Manohar Parrikar on 2 Mar 2015

IESM contacted Sh Manohar Parrikar Raksha Mantri at the end of the budget presented on 28 Feb 15 and communicated to him that ESM in general are disappointed because OROP has not been mentioned in the budget speech of Finance Minister and allocation of funds for OROP has not been announced. RM explained on telephone that OROP has been approved in two budgets and hence it is considered approved and therefore there was no need to mention in the budget speech. He was kind enough to invite the IESM delegation at 1400h on 2 March 15 to clear any doubts if we had any.

Following five members of IESM met Sh Manohar Parrikar RM at 1400h on Monday 2 March 2015.   

Maj Gen Satbir Singh SM
Col Kirit Joshipura
Col Anil kaul VrC
Wg Cdr CK Sharma
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Major DP Singh was also invited by RM for discussion on disability pension issue.

RM made everyone comfortable in the beginning itself that OROP for Armed Forces and Ex-servicemen is NDA Government’s commitment and he has worked out the expenditure for the OROP. He advised that there was no need to cover this issue in budget presented by NDA Government on 28 Feb 15  as it already stands approved by Parliament as part of budget for financial year 14-15. He confirmed that he had discussed the issue with officers of MOD and ironed out all issues of OROP. He also confirmed that OROP is genuine demand of Armed Forces and must be met in full; hence there is no difference in thinking of Armed Forces and MOD. Accordingly file has been prepared and is in process for approval from Ministry of Finance. After approval of the file from Finance Minister, it will be put up for approval of CCPA (Cabinet Committee for Political Affairs). RM has confirmed that MOD has recommended giving OROP for X group and Y group separately. He also confirmed that all ranks including widows have been included in the OROP. He further confirmed that he is attempting to meet the date line for issuance of Government letter (OROP Notification) given by him on 1 Feb 15 meeting with IESM delegation.

There was no doubt left in our minds after such a clear statement by RM and IESM delegation was convinced that OROP is now in safe hands will see the day light soon. General Satbir Singh thanked him and told him that it is first time that the demands of ESM are being given proper consideration and attention. IESM delegation then discussed following issues with RM.

Increase in Widow’s pension w.e.f 24 Sep 12; General Satbir Singh informed him that widow’s pension was not increased in 2012 when pension for all ranks was increased as per recommendations of 6 CPC. Widows must be given that increase in pension. RM expressed concerned on this issue and asked the delegation to give him the note for his consideration.

Major’s Pension Retired pre 1996; It was brought to RM’s attention that MOD is not paying Lt Col pension to Major rank officers who retired pre 1996 on completion of 21 years of service. Major Thomas of pre 1996 retirement had gone won the case in AFT and had been paid enhanced pension. It should be applicable for all Majors who had retired pre 1996 and had completed 21 years of service. RM asked for a detailed note on the issue for his consideration.

Major’s Pension who had retired on completion of 20 yrs but with less than 21 yrs of service; RM was informed that there will be only few hundred Majors who will fall in that category and MOD must consider giving them Lt Col Pension with Major’s grade pay as a special case. RM demanded a paper on this issue also for his consideration.
IESM will be sending the detailed paper on above issues to RM at the earliest.

IESM delegation was encouraged with the response and encouragement given by RM. One can now say that OROP is in safe hands will soon be approved.

Regards
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
Flat no 801, Tower N5
Narmada Apartments
Pocket D6 
Vasant Kunj
Nelson Mandela Marg
New Delhi. 110070
Mobile   09810541222

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Anubhav – showcasing outstanding work done during service

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‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service – submission of details by a retiring Government employee – to be uploaded on Departmental website

No. 4/2/2013-P&PW (Coord.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, the 19 th February, 2015

Office Memorandum
Sub: ‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service – submission of details by a retiring Government employee – to be uploaded on Departmental website – reg.

The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is in the process of providing a platform for the retiring Central Government employees to showcase commendable work done during service. It is envisaged that this would provide satisfaction to the retiring employee and also act as a motivator for serving employees. This would also be a wonderful opportunity to garner the resource of retiring employees for voluntary contribution to nation building post retirement. The retiring employee may submit a write-up, not more than 5000 words alongwith appropriate attachments where need be.

2. All Ministries/Departments are requested to inform retiring employees that they may, voluntarily, submit the details in the enclosed Form alongwith Form 5 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

3. It may be noted that –

(a) Since most successful ventures would have contributions of the entire team, retiring persons may indicate names of other members of the team in the writeup.

(b) Any work that has contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness in government functioning or / and any innovation which led to improved work culture or any other contribution considered significant by the retiring employee may be submitted.

(c) Comments which are religious or political in nature (or gender based or based on caste and creed) will not be permitted. The content should not be such as to disturb communal harmony or be against national interest. There should not be any sensitive or secret information in the write-up.

4.The Head of Office shall check the contents to ensure that the submission is as per format and submit to the administrative head/ authority designated for approval., This exercise would be completed at least one month before retirement and the result uploaded on the concerned departmental website on the facility to be provided by Department of Pension & P.W.

5. The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare would coordinate and collate the data and information received from various departments.

6. (a) For the employee not belonging to AIS , the write-up would be uploaded on the website of the Department from where he retires and the website of the cadre controlling authority.

b) For employee of AIS, the write-up would, in addition, be uploaded on the website of the cadre controlling authority and the State cadre to which he belongs.

7. While an online system is being designed for this purpose, for which separate set of instructions would be issued, it would be possible for employees to submit hardcopies instead of going online.

8. The Departmental website while displaying the write-up will have a disclaimer that the contents and suggestions are as provided by the retiring employee and the department is not responsible for factual inaccuracies and the veracity of the claims.

(Vandana Sharma)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India


Source: www.pensionersportal.gov.in

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Provision for 7th Pay Commission in Budget 2015-16

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The Budget is also gravely silent on fund allocations for the Seventh Pay Commission award, due for implementation in 2016.  The budgetary documents are stressing upon likely burden from the report of the 7th Pay Commission.  However the funds are allocated for Commission'ss establishment.  The extract of budgetry documents which are related to 7th CPC are mentioned below:-

Speech of Finance Minister - Heading Fiscal Roadmap para 23:-

Budget  2015-2016
Speech  of
Arun Jaitley
Minister of Finance



February 28,  2015
Fiscal Roadmap
23. I want to underscore that my government still remains firm on achieving the medium term target of 3% of GDP.  But that journey has to take account of the need to increase public investment.  The total additional public investment over and above the RE is planned to be `1.25 lakh crore out of which `70,000 crore would be capital expenditure from budgetary outlays.  We also have to take into account the drastically reduced fiscal space; uncertainties that implementation of GST will create; and the likely burden from the report of the 7th Pay Commission.  Rushing into, or insisting on, a pre-set time-table for fiscal consolidation pro-cyclically would, in my opinion, not be pro-growth.  With the economy improving, the pressure for accelerated fiscal consolidation too has decreased.  In these circumstances, I will complete the journey to a fiscal deficit of 3% in 3 years, rather than the two years envisaged previously.  Thus, for the next three years, my targets are: 3.9%, for 2015-16; 3.5% for 2016-17; and, 3.0% for 2017-18.  The additional fiscal space will go towards funding infrastructure investment.
***

In document to study Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement for further 3 years: Para 12:-

MEDIUM TERM FISCAL POLICY STATEMENT

12. However, it is pertinent to note that the resource base of the Centre will be constrained following the implementation of the FFC. With steep jump in the sharing pattern of tax revenues, the revenues of the States, which is surplus in most of the cases, will be further augmented on one side and the Centre will face resource crunch in one of the difficult phases of consolidation underway. While, the revenues are constrained in the FY 2015-16, it would continue over the medium term framework in FY 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Moreover, the 7th Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17. The phase of consolidation, extended by one year, will be also be spanning out in the period. Thus, in the medium term framework the fiscal position will continue to be stressed. However, with necessary corrections on the Plan side under the new paradigm of Centre-State fiscal relationship and reforms on the subsidies, with better targeting and policy initiatives, it is expected that over the medium framework much of the fiscal correction would have taken shape, leaving room for building up better fiscal management thereupon. The change is monumental; and needs dextrous manoeuvring in this initial phase.

(c) Pensions
42. The expenditure on pension payments of the Central Government includes both defence as well as civil pensions. Pension payment, in nominal terms was estimated at ` 74,076 crore in RE 2013-14 and at the year-end it was accounted at ` 74,896 crore. In BE 2014-15, pension payment in nominal terms was estimated at ` 81,983 crore. In RE 2014-15, it has been revised at ` 81,705 crore. The pension payment of Central Government for the past few years has been growing faster than the salary expenditure. The main reason for this is that there is an increase in number of pensioners due to higher retirements and increased life expectancy. In view of the likely impact of VII Pay Commission, Pension payment of the Government likely to be about 0.7 per cent of GDP in FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 respectively
***
In document to study Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement for further 2 years:
FISCAL POLICY STRATEGY STATEMENT

Expenditure Management Commission:
37. While Government has managed to control the expenditure through rationalization in the fiscal consolidation phase, quality of expenditure remains an area that needs to be addressed. The ongoing fiscal consolidation has been successful in taming the fiscal deficit; however there is still imbalance in the public finance on the revenue side. As discussed in earlier section, concerted efforts are required to accomplish the target set for the revenue deficit and effective revenue deficit in the new FRBM regime. This entails structural changes in the Plan spending and definitive measures to contain Non-Plan spending within sustainable limits. Moreover, in the medium term, award of VII Pay Commission and XIV Finance Commission pose significant downside risk to Public Finance. Thus, time has come to look into the places where Government spends money and output achieved from it. Government will constitute an Expenditure Management Commission, which will look into various aspects of expenditure reforms to be undertaken by the Government.

MEDIUM TERM FISCAL POLICY STATEMENT
(c) Pensions
39. The expenditure on pension payments of the Central Government includes both defence as well as civil pensions. Pension payment, in nominal terms was estimated at ` 74,076 crore in RE 2013-14 and at the year end it was accounted at ` 74606 crore, marginally above the RE figure. In BE 2014-15, pension payment in nominal terms estimated at `81,983 crore. The pension payment of Central Government for the past few years has been growing faster than the salary expenditure. The main reason for this is that there is an increase in number of pensioners due to higher retirements and increased life expectancy. Accordingly, keeping past trend in view the Pension Expenditure of the Government has been projected to grow at 10.4 per cent in FY 2015-16.In view of the likely impact of VII Pay Commission, higher growth is assumed in FY 2016-17.


Details of funds allocated for Establishment of 7th CPC:-
(In crores of Rupees)
Major HeadActual 2013-2014Budget 2014-2015Budget 2015-2016Revised 2014-2015
PlanNon-PlanTotalPlanNon-PlanTotalPlanNon-PlanTotalPlanNon-PlanTotal
Other Administrative Services
6. Seventh Central Pay Commission2070...0.220.22 ...11.9111.91...10.7610.76 ...11.54 11.54

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Go India : Smart Card for Train Tickets

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‘Go-India’ smart card scheme has been launched on pilot basis on two sectors i.e. New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Howrah. At present, the Go-India smart card enables passengers to pay for reserved and unreserved tickets. The smart card can be used at nominated Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS)/Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters and at Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) on these two sectors for issuing tickets. The salient features of the Go-India smart card are as under:
·         Initially, the card can be get issued by paying minimum Rs.70/- where passenger will get Rs.20/- balance. After that, card can be recharged for Rs.20/- or in multiple of Rs.50/- upto Rs. 5000/-.
·         Maximum limit on Go-India smart card is Rs.10,000/-.
·         Go-India smart card has life time validity. In case of no usage in six months from the date of last transaction, smart card will be temporarily deactivated which can be activated again by paying Rs.50/- as activation fee.
         The scheme is intended to reduce the transaction time at the booking counters for the convenience of passengers as it facilitates cashless transaction.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Pensioners Portal provides a platform for retiring Central Govt Employees to showcase commendable work done during service

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“Pensioners Portal is in the process to providing a platform for retiring Central Govt Employees to showcase commendable work done during serivce. It is envisaged that this would provide satisfaction to the retiring employee and also act as a motivator for serving employees. This would also be a wonderful opportunity to garner the resource of retiring employees for voluntary contribution to nation building post retirement. The retiring employee may submit a write-up, not more than 5000 words alongwith appropriate attachments where need be”.

‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service – submission of details by a retiring Government employee – to be uploaded on Departmental website...

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No Corporatization of Ordnance Factories: Defence Minister Assured BPMS

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D.O.No.737/vip/RM/2015
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
INDIA
7th Feb, 2015
Dear Shri MP Singhji,

I am in receipt of your Letter dated 2nd January, 2015 expressing your apprehension about corporatisation of Ordnance Factories and purchase of Bullet Proof Jackets from the private sector.

I would like to inform you that at present there is no proposal from Ministry of Defence for corporatizing Ordnance Factories. However, it is imperative to strengthen the functioning of Ordnance Factory Board with greater autonomy in order that Ordnance Factories become more productive and efficient in their functioning.

As far as the news item about purchase of Bullet Proof Jackets from private sector is concerned, I am having the same looked into.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Manohar Parrikar)

Shri MP Singh
General Secretary
Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh

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Seventh Pay Commission likely to submit report in October 2015

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The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman justice Ashok Kumar Mathur with a timeline of 18 months to make its recommendations. Though the deadline for submitting the report ends in August this year, the SPC is likely to seek extension till October.
 The Sixth Pay Commission which was constituted in October 2006 had submitted its report in March 2008. 
As a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of the Union government employees more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2011-12—from Rs.74,647 crore to Rs.166,792 crore, according to the Fourteenth Finance Commission estimates.

Source : Livemint (Click here to read the full article)

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Budget 2015 - Its disappointment & disappointment for employees

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The salaried class, who were expecting a middle class friendly budget landed for a huge disappointment. The budget offers no personal taxation relief to tax payers. The very meager benefits were the increase in exemption limits of transport allowance by Rs. 800 to 1600pm, which would result in a reduction of IT payment by Rs. 2880 if you are 30% slab. The Mediclaim policy limit had been increased increased from Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000. The benefit come only if you are taking the policy. The Pension fund exemption increase from Rs.1,00,000 to Rs.1,5,0000 u/sec 80CCD. How ever this is only savings based which means you will not get any direct benefit.

The disadvantages to common man are considerable. The increase in excise duty and service tax from 12.36% to 14.42% which will increase the price line. Also, the negative list of services has also been expanded by bringing more services under tax net. With the increase in service tax, the items which will be costly now are air conditioners, refrigerators, hospital bills, courier services, restaurant bills, gym, laundry service, beauty parlor, spa, cable TV, architect's services, air travel, radio taxi travel, AC bus travel, cosmetics, mobile phone bills, watching movies in multiplex, medicines and IT products.

The proposed increase in indirect taxes is inflationary. The Prime Minister has not bothered to implement his promise in his election manifesto where it was mentioned that the individual income tax limit will be increased to Rs.5,00,000. The Budget presented is similar to the one presented by the previous UPA regime . The influence of World Bank, WTO etc., is prevalent in the Budget proposal to stream line subsidies and reduce the coverage of people who are below the poverty line .

Source :  http://www.staffcorner.com/view.html?id=5758699062689792&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Finance Minister, you are wrong on the tax benefit statement

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The finance minister Arun Jaitley during the course of his budget speech today remarked: “After taking into account the tax concession given to middle class tax payers in my last Budget and this Budget, today an individual tax payer will get tax benefit of Rs 4,44,200.”
The details are provided in the annexure to the budget speech (which is reproduced below).
Deduction u/s 80C               
1,50,000
Deduction u/s 80CCD              
50,000
Deduction on account of interest
on house property loan
(Self occupied property)        
2,00,000
Deduction u/s 80D on health
insurance premium                
25,000
Exemption of transport allowance 
19,200
Total                           
4,44,200

This figure is not the tax benefit, but the maximum deductions possible. The benefits depend on which tax slab one belongs to. In the 10.3% tax bracket it will be saving of Rs 45,752.6. In the 20.6% tax bracket tax savings will be  Rs 91,505.2 and in the 30.9% it will be Rs 1,37,257.8. 

The statement FM made was as if the benefit was given in this budget. All these tax deductions have been around for a while. This year, the deduction on health insurance premium has been increased by Rs 10,000 Rs 25,000. A deduction of Rs 50,000 was added for investments made into the New Pension Scheme. The transport allowance allowed as an exemption has been increased by Rs 9,600 to Rs 19,200. These figures sum up to Rs. 79,200. This will yield a tax benefit of only Rs. 8158, Rs. 16315 and Rs. 24472 for the 10.3%, 20.6% and 30.9% tax slabs

In the last year's budget deduction allowed under Section 80 C was increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh and the deduction allowed for interest being paid on a home loan for self occupied property was increased from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.

The extra deductions in the last two budgets is Rs 1,69,600 .(Rs 50,000 extra for Section 80C + Rs 50,000 extra for investing in NPS + Rs 50,000 extra for interest paid on a home loan + Rs 10,000 extra on health insurance premium + Rs 9,600 extra on transport allowance). For those in the 10.3% tax bracket this works out to a savings Rs 17,407. For those in the 20.6% it will be Rs 34,814 and Rs 52,221 for those in 30.9% bracket.

The stated benefits are if you are availing all deductions . i.e. you have a medical policy with premium 25,000/- , you have taken home loan and paying interest of Rs. 2 lakhs and above, have made savings of 1.5 Lakhs and you NPS contribution is above Rs. 50,000.

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BRIEFING OF IESM MEETING WITH DM ON OROP

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Dear Members

IESM delegation of five members met RM Sh Manohar Parrikar today at 1400 h. The salient points of the issues discussed in the meeting are given below and are attached. I am sure this will satisfy most of the queries of veterans arising out of budget speech given on 28 Feb 15. This is now clear that one needs to be optimistic and OROP will be out soon. However hold your celebrations till Notification of OROP is out as there is many a slip between the cup and the lip. 
Meeting of IESM Delegation with RM Sh Manohar Parrikar on 2 Mar 2015
IESM contacted Sh Manohar Parrikar Raksha Mantri at the end of the budget presented on 28 Feb 15 and communicated to him that ESM in general are disappointed because OROP has not been mentioned in the budget speech of Finance Minister and allocation of funds for OROP has not been announced. RM explained on telephone that OROP has been approved in two budgets and hence it is considered approved and therefore there was no need to mention in the budget speech. He was kind enough to invite the IESM delegation at 1400h on 2 March 15 to clear any doubts if we had any.
Following five members of IESM met Sh Manohar Parrikar RM at 1400h on Monday 2 March 2015.   
Maj Gen Satbir Singh SM
Col Kirit Joshipura
Col Anil kaul VrC
Wg Cdr CK Sharma
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Major DP Singh was also invited by RM for discussion on disability pension issue.
RM made everyone comfortable in the beginning itself that OROP for Armed Forces and Ex-servicemen is NDA Government’s commitment and he has worked out the expenditure for the OROP. He advised that there was no need to cover this issue in budget presented by NDA Government on 28 Feb 15  as it already stands approved by Parliament as part of budget for financial year 14-15. He confirmed that he had discussed the issue with officers of MOD and ironed out all issues of OROP. He also confirmed that OROP is genuine demand of Armed Forces and must be met in full; hence there is no difference in thinking of Armed Forces and MOD. Accordingly file has been prepared and is in process for approval from Ministry of Finance. After approval of the file from Finance Minister, it will be put up for approval of CCPA (Cabinet Committee for Political Affairs). RM has confirmed that MOD has recommended giving OROP for X group and Y group separately. He also confirmed that all ranks including widows have been included in the OROP. He further confirmed that he is attempting to meet the date line for issuance of Government letter (OROP Notification) given by him on 1 Feb 15 meeting with IESM delegation.
There was no doubt left in our minds after such a clear statement by RM and IESM delegation was convinced that OROP is now in safe hands will see the day light soon. General Satbir Singh thanked him and told him that it is first time that the demands of ESM are being given proper consideration and attention. IESM delegation then discussed following issues with RM.
Increase in Widow’s pension w.e.f 24 Sep 12; General Satbir Singh informed him that widow’s pension was not increased in 2012 when pension for all ranks was increased as per recommendations of 6 CPC. Widows must be given that increase in pension. RM expressed concerned on this issue and asked the delegation to give him the note for his consideration.
Major’s Pension Retired pre 1996; It was brought to RM’s attention that MOD is not paying Lt Col pension to Major rank officers who retired pre 1996 on completion of 21 years of service. Major Thomas of pre 1996 retirement had gone won the case in AFT and had been paid enhanced pension. It should be applicable for all Majors who had retired pre 1996 and had completed 21 years of service. RM asked for a detailed note on the issue for his consideration.
Major’s Pension who had retired on completion of 20 yrs but with less than 21 yrs of service; RM was informed that there will be only few hundred Majors who will fall in that category and MOD must consider giving them Lt Col Pension with Major’s grade pay as a special case. RM demanded a paper on this issue also for his consideration.
IESM will be sending the detailed paper on above issues to RM at the earliest.
IESM delegation was encouraged with the response and encouragement given by RM. One can now say that OROP is in safe hands will soon be approved.
Regards
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
Flat no 801, Tower N5
Narmada Apartments
Pocket D6 
Vasant Kunj
Nelson Mandela Marg
New Delhi. 110070
Mobile   09810541222

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Defence budget hike not for OROP, veterans cry foul

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CHANDIGARH: A day after Union finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Budget in the Parliament, defence veterans' hopes for 'achhe din' turned into sheer ache. Hoping for an announcement from the FM on the one rank one pension (OROP) scheme, they were an anguished lot on Sunday as they realized that the increase in defence allocation was just good enough to take care of the inflation factor.
Those who had pinned their hopes on minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajya Vardhan Singh Rathore's tweet on Saturday that Rs 8,300 crore for OROP was included in the Rs 22,000-crore increase in the defence allocation were also disappointed to know that the hike would only defuse the inflation element. 
Experts in defence accounts department said the Budget announced 10.95% hike in the defence allocation as compared to the previous year, which would be spent on ration, salaries, allowances and procurement of equipments and weaponry. They claimed that the hike has nothing to do with the implementation of OROP, which requires around Rs 8,000 crore.
Also, in 2014-15 Budget, the increase in allocation was 12.75% more than 2013-14. 
"It seems the politicians are doing a 'double speak' to hoodwink the gullible faujis," said defence veterans. 
The statement made by the finance minister after the Budget that the issue of OROP is pending as the method of calculating pension is stuck between the armed services and the defence ministry has added to the retired personnel's woes.
Brig K S Kahlon (retd), President of All India Defence Brotherhood (Punjab), said the "entire drama" since Saturday shows that the government has not taken OROP issue seriously and it is making another attempt to delay it. "Pulse of the veterans is that they should unite together again and protest on the roads against the government till the OROP is not implemented," he said.
"I have never seen such ambiguity on an issue even the Prime Minister had promised. If they don't have any funds, they can issue bonds but maintaining silence frustrates and demoralizes the veterans," said Air Marshal Randhir Singh (retd). http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ 

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The great betrayal on OROP front

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During his interview after the Budget speech, the Union finance minister, when asked about the fate of “one rank, one pension” (OROP) for the defence personnel, remarked that modalities were being worked out between the defence services and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). He went on to say that he had given an additional 12.5% to the defence budget, giving the impression that he had done great personnel favour to the defence services. He does not appear to know how far removed are the Indian defence forces from the state-of-the-art weapon systems and how long has it been crying for modernisation.
Surely he would know that this additional amount for the defence budget, as such, has no link with OROP, because pensions for the defence personnel do not flow out of the defence budget. This additional allocation barely covers inflation in the cost of defence equipment. In the remaining Budget, there is no allocation of funds for OROP.
Soldiers at disadvantageThe demand for OROP has been pending for well over two decades. The rationale for this demand has been articulated umpteen times. More than 80% of the soldiers retire between the age of 34 and 36, and the remaining 20% at varying ages, with only 0.2% retiring at 60, when all the central services employees retire. Early retirement and extremely limited avenues for career advancement (promotions) place the defence personnel at great disadvantage vis-à-vis their counterparts in the civil services.
This early retirement places defence personnel at great financial disadvantage and takes its toll on them in way of shortening their lives: of both officers and soldiers, notwithstanding the fact that on retirement, they are physically much fitter in every respect compared with their civilian counterparts. The average life expectancy of the officers is 72.5, of the JCOs is 67, and of the soldiers is 64. These are figures from the Institute of Applied Research and Manpower (IARM). The life expectancy figure for civil servants is 77 years. The Railways, in their study, arrived at a figure of 78.
This issue of the shortening life of soldiers was raised in Parliament and the-then defence minister (the present President and supreme commander of the Indian forces) had stated that it would be examined in detail. Those were his famous words!
Babus flummox defence ministerThe demand for OROP became all the more strident when the civilian counterparts granted to themselves what is called non-functional upgrade (NFU). Simply stated, it implies that that their pay and allowances will have no relation to their job content but only to the length of the service; and that their advancement in career will have no bearing on the availability of higher posts and performance.
Political parties have repeatedly been promising the grant of OROP. Narendra Modi, as prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), during his election rally at Rewari had promised that on coming to power, his party would announce OROP. Later, speaking to the troops in Siachen as Prime Minister, he said he had granted them this benefit.
More recently, the defence minister has been giving all manner of assurances to veterans, assurances which include specific dates when the case would be finalised and forwarded to the Finance Ministry: well before the Budget date. 
Now it appears that the MoD has not been able to resolve the modalities for working out the details. Obliviously, the babus in the MoD have flummoxed the defence minister successfully and made him cut a sorry figure before the nation’s veterans.
Today’s soldiers tomorrow’s veteransNeither the PM and nor the DM appears to realise that there exists a very strong bond between the veterans and the serving troops. Today’s soldiers are tomorrow’s veterans, and this betrayal on part of the government cannot go unnoticed by them, and will impact their morale surely.
The government’s general lack of sensitivity to the disadvantages of military service and the consequent disinterest of suitable youth in joining the defence services has led to both fall in standards on one part and a huge shortage in the officer cadre. The nations that do not send the better lot to the defence services will one day suffer the consequences.
Finally, a quote from Phillip Mason, ICS, would be appropriate in the present setting. While commenting on India’s dismal war record, he notes in his book, “A Matter of Honour”, that: “Indian disadvantage lay in the nature of organisations of armies and, in the end, in politics and the kind of governments that had grown up in India.” One may venture to ask, if the state of affairs are any different today?gen_harwant@hotmail.com
(The writer is a former deputy chief of the army staff and an expert on defence matters. The views expressed are personal)
http://www.hindustantimes.com/chandigarh/the-great-betrayal-on-orop 

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