OROP: Why ex-servicemen continue to protest

OROP: Why ex-servicemen continue to protest

The definition of OROP accepted by the government in Parliament has equal pension for officers retiring in the same rank with equal length of service.


The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it has complied with a 2008 judgment regarding the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) on Tuesday, but almost three weeks after the government announced an OROP roll out, the ex-servicemen’s agitation at Jantar Mantar is far from dying down.

The ex servicemen claim that the government-announced scheme is anything but OROP. The definition of OROP accepted by the government in Parliament has equal pension for officers retiring in the same rank with equal length of service. In his September 5 announcement, the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that OROP would be implemented with retrospective effect from July 2014 and with 2013 as the base year. What this essentially meant was that that the veterans’ pensions shall match the pensions of those retiring in 2013 and that they would be given the arrears from July 2014.

The government also announced a one-member judicial committee to address the likely anomalies in the scheme. Most importantly, the scheme, written order of which is slated to be rolled out within a month, will involve revision of pensions every five years.

The government’s interpretation of OROP is unacceptable to the ex- servicemen community. They believe that each of these clauses is a violation of the basic definition of OROP as outlined by the Bhagat Singh Koshiyari Committee in 2012.

For instance, the five-year revision of pensions implies that a veteran’s pension will remain unchanged for five years. This will create multiple pensions for officers of one rank given that for five years – the gap between two revisions – many new retirees will leave the services with different pensions.

The ex-servicemen jokingly term the government’s five-year revision proposal as One Rank Many Pensions and still demand an annual revision. Disagreement also continues over the judicial committee, as the ex- servicemen are seeking a five-member committee rather than the proposed one-man committee — with three of their own members, one representative from the government and one nominated member.

Last but not the least, there is a strong distrust of the bureaucracy. In fact, the government’s announcement to omit premature retirees from OROP – a clause which was reversed later – was viewed by veterans as a “last minute effort by bureaucrats to create troubles” in OROP.

For its part, the government has remained silent on the subject since its announcement of the roll out on September 5. Everything now depends on its final call in the order expected in October.

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DAD put sincere efforts in helping the Government to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme

DAD put sincere efforts in helping the Government to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme

Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh commended the role of the department for its sincere efforts in helping the Government to implement the long overdue One Rank – One Pension (OROP) scheme for the Ex-Servicemen

        Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh has called upon the officers and staff of the Defence Accounts Department to maintain total transparency and probity in the spending of defence finance.

e-Filing Income Tax Returns – Date Extended till October 31st

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The government on Thursday extended due date for e-filing of all returns of income & audit reports till October 31, 2015. “Necessary order u/s 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 has been issued by CBDT in this regard,​” the release said.

BSNL cuts down broadband rental discounts to Central Government employees by 50%

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National JCA has decided to defer the strike action slated for 23rd November 2015

National JCA has decided to defer the strike action slated for 23rd November 2015

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi – 110055
No.NJCA/2015
September 30, 2015
All members of the NJCA

Dear Comrade,

The National JCA met today on 30.09.2015. In the background of the engineered delay in the submission of the 7th CPC report, the meeting reviewed the decision to go for indefinite strike action commencing from 23rd Nov.2015 and arrived at the following conclusions.

1.The 7th CPC, as per the indication the NJCA had, concluded its deliberations and finalised its report. But due to the pressure exerted by the GOI the report is not likely to be out till the Bihar election is going to be concluded on 8.11.2015.

DOPT Clarification for booking of air tickets on LTC

DOPT Clarification for booking of air tickets on LTC


DOPT issued a clarification  O.M.No.31011/5/2014-Estt (A.IV), dated 23.9.2015 for booking of air tickets on LTC

Subject:- Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC- Clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.31011/4/2014-Estt.(A-IV) dated 19th June, 2014 which lays down that the Government employees are required to book the air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Est(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s). Vide DoPT’s O.M. 31011/5/2014-Estt.(AIV) dated 24.09.2014, the web-portal of these authorized travel agents will also be treated as an acceptable mode for purchase of air tickets on LTC subject to the conditions stated vide Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 19024/1/2012-E-IV dated 5thSeptember, 2014.

Bonus Ceiling hike : Good news expected soon

Bonus Ceiling hike : Good news expected soon


As per reliable sources, Election Commission has given it’s nod for issuing ordinance on “Payment of Bonus Act”

Now the matter will go to cabinet and after it’s approval, necessary ordinance will be notified soon.

Earlier Govt. decided to raise the ceiling of Rs 3500/- per month to Rs 10,000/- per month.

Expected DA from January 2016 : AICPIN for of August 2015

Expected DA from January 2016 : AICPIN for of August 2015


So far 8 months AICPIN for Industrial workers from January 2015 to August 2015 has been released . Now we become able to know the expected DA from January 2016 after the release of AICPIN for August 2015.

No. 5/1/2015- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED : 30th September, 2015

Press Release

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7th pay commission is expecting to submit the report any time soon


7th pay commission is expecting to submit the report any time soon


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7th pay commission newsThe overall hike being recommended by former Justice A K Mathur-headed 7th Pay Commission is around 30 per cent. The Central Government employees are scheduled to get salary hikes on the basis of the recommendations by January 1, 2016.
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