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Malik , An engineer turned into a student of conflict Nov, 06 2016

When will Army get the OROP it deserves?


OROP was defined in the Lok Sabha as ‘same pension for the same rank for the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement’ and passing these benefits to all pensioners. But the BJP-led government, aided by bureaucrats, twisted OROP to mean a one-time increase.


It is not difficult to understand that OROP calls for pension equalisation every year and not just once in five years. Will the pensions of soldiers retiring in 2021 be the same as that of pre-2014 pensioners? The answer is no. Then why should we term this as OROP?

OROP was defined in the Lok Sabha as ‘same pension for the same rank for the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement’ and passing these benefits to all pensioners. But the BJP-led government, aided by bureaucrats, twisted OROP to mean a one-time increase.It is not difficult to understand that OROP calls for pension equalisation every year and not just once in five years. Will the pensions of soldiers retiring in 2021 be the same as that of pre-2014 pensioners? The answer is no. Then why should we term this as OROP?

Col Arvind , Served in the army for 24 years, now work on Nov, 07 2016


Isn't it amazing that no one talked about the total cost to exchequer when NFU was granted to IAS, IPS and other services, excluding the Defence Forces. When OROP is mentioned, it is made out that the entire economy of the country is threatened, even though the amount involved is not even a fraction of the bad loans and similar funds blithely written off by the Government. The term OROP is treated as a very complicated or complex formula. For the moment forget the fact that twice our Parliament has approved the definition of the same and, the previous. Treating it as simple English as One Rank means same rank. Considering the Army structure, Naik, Havildar, Subedar, Lt. Colonel, Colonel, and so on are ranks. Picking up any one rank, say Lt. Colonel, One Rank means all those who retire as Lt. Colonels. One Pension in such a case implies one pension for all who retire as a Lt. Colonels. However, different Lt. Colonels may have retired with different lengths of service. Therefore, OROP implies same pension to all military personnel retiring in the same rank and with same length of service. There is nothing intricate or complex in understanding the term OROP, unless the intent is mala-fide. Our Government is prevaricating over this simple term. They are deliberately dissembling, by crediting themselves for having fulfilled a promise. The OROP announced by the Government does not meet any criteria of the true definition of OROP as approved by our Parliament.

Isn't it amazing that no one talked about the total cost to exchequer when NFU was granted to IAS, IPS and other services, excluding the Defence Forces. When OROP is mentioned, it is made out that the entire economy of the country is threatened, even though the amount involved is not even a fraction


Saunika Mahewari , An agri-farming consultant Nov, 07 2016


Vivek Vohra since you too are from army background, your thoughts?


Ashna Kaur , Engineer, Army Kid, preparing for Indian Army Nov, 07 2016


Whenever the pay commission report is published there will be a lot of hue and cry because it is unfortunately favoring only the bureaucrats and not others and the members in the commission are mostly from the bureaucracy and they ensure some confusion while implementing the report. The OROP was resisted tooth and nail by the bureaucrats right from the beginning, and they least expected Mr Modi would implement it . When the final orders were given for implementation this PMR was deliberately left vague otherwise it could have been clearly stated what will be the minimum effect on OROP for the voluntary retired people. In the Def Services the promotional avenues are pyramid type unlike the Babu were every one raches the top whether he is fit or not. Hence those who get a better opporutinty especially from Engineers would like to leave after reaching pensionable service.

Whenever the pay commission report is published there will be a lot of hue and cry because it is unfortunately favoring only the bureaucrats and not others and the members in the commission are mostly from the bureaucracy and they ensure some confusion while implementing the report. The OROP was res


aarth dhar , Nov, 07 2016


Implementation of OROP is non empowering in nature. It is imp for govt to implement what it has promised, it must rather start empowering these retiree into an asset. Not denying their service to the nation, fiscal burden which will be borne by the entire population need to be considered as well. The recent unfortunate death in delhi of an ex-serivce men is a kind of turning a noble agitation into an extortion. He had worked in the service only for 6-7yrs. Policy says that pension only after 14yrs. But he committed suicide. I am not here to comment on what and who is right.
But my only argument with this is that OROP implementation won't end any woes of them. We need to empower these retirees through various training. let them undergo some sort of education as well which would further allow them to earn their livelihood. Also we can have a pool recruitment cell too. And those not coming under OROP i.e. pre 14yrs retirement can also be given oppurtunity to take part in in this. And by this companies can demand for specific knowledge too. And fullfilling this will not only be less burden for govt financially, but also a positive for the economy as a productive non dependent labor force.

Implementation of OROP is non empowering in nature. It is imp for govt to implement what it has promised, it must rather start empowering these retiree into an asset. Not denying their service to the nation, fiscal burden which will be borne by the entire population need to be considered as well. Th


Vijay Arur , Nov, 07 2016


One Rank One Pension Scheme is a salute to the services provided by the ex-servicemen of our armed forces. The soldiers who fight for our nation to save us and they often devote their last breath for the service of nation as in the previous cases of Uri attack, Gurdaspur attack etc. It must be implemented as it will serve as a material and needful tribute to the soldiers who have given their service.It is the matter of not merely making the ex-servicemen economically stable but also of his dignity and prestige.We can not restore the life of the martyrs but by implementing the O.R.O.P Scheme, we can pay them a real tribute which is their right.

One Rank One Pension Scheme is a salute to the services provided by the ex-servicemen of our armed forces. The soldiers who fight for our nation to save us and they often devote their last breath for the service of nation as in the previous cases of Uri attack, Gurdaspur attack etc. It must be imple


Raghav , Nov, 07 2016


Armed forces need young blood and as a result a large number of soldiers retire at an early age. Post retirement jobs are not guaranteed and hence they find it extremely difficult to support their family. According to the Koshiyari Committee, the attrition rate and the vacancy level is very high in armed forces. Therefore, a robust and attractive recruitment process is necessary and OROP if implemented will ensure an honorable and secure future for the soldiers. The present Govt. had made OROP as one of their promises during Lok Sabha election and even the Supreme Court underlined the need for OROP. It is now time to deliver the promise.

Armed forces need young blood and as a result a large number of soldiers retire at an early age. Post retirement jobs are not guaranteed and hence they find it extremely difficult to support their family. According to the Koshiyari Committee, the attrition rate and the vacancy level is very high in