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Sunday, 8 November 2015


The OROP notification has since been issued. We sincerely thank Shri. Manohar Parrikar, the honourable defence minister of India. He had his own constraints and limitations. Yet without his whole hearted support, OROP would not have become a reality, considering the number of hurdles created against it from various sources. His unflinching commitment to the cause of OROP had overcome all those hurdles and resulted in this notification. We salute our RM!
We also thank all the exservicemen associations which have agitated in their own way, demanding implementation of OROP. The efforts of all the constituents of UFESM deserve a special mention, for having made the OROP a national issue and led  the agitation successfully for the last six months. May be there are criticisms but they are besides the point!
We salute our President GS Sidhu, for his active participation in the OROP agitation on behalf of AFVAI. He took lots of pain at times, all alone, and ensured his presence in JM , when the agitation was at it's peak, thereby created a platform for AFVAI. Special thanks to our MDM Mr. Mohan as well, who stayed in Delhi for nearly a month at his own cost and extended the critically necessary support to Shri. Sidhu during the agitation.
Soon  the PCDA will notify the charts and start paying pension and arrears as per OROP notification. Now these things will happen automatically. Let us therefore forget them for the moment.
Nonetheless, some important questions do arise in our mind:-
How far the POTOs will be benefited out of this notification? Will it fulfill the aspirations of POTOs upon whose cause the OROP demand was made?
On simple analysis of the OROP notification made  yesterday the following points and issues emerge:-
1. Historically the service pension of ORs was calculated on the maximum of the pay scale and the retiring pension of officers on the Last Pay Drawn. However,  for both of  us, the OROP will be calculated on the mean average of the minimum and maximum pension drawn in the calender year 2013. This means the edge that ORs have had in the calculation of pension is lost and the officers stand to gain.
So the way ahead is to represent before the judicial commission (JC) to be constituted, to grant us OROP not on the basis of mean average but on the maximum.
2. The OROP was demanded primarily for the reason that 80-85% of jawans retire at an early age of 32-37. The OROP notified does not address this issue of early retirement at all.
We need to therefore represent before the JC, for incorporation of an additional benefit clause under OROP, for early retirees.
3. The recommendations of 6CPC were adverse to POTOs. The classic example was placing the Havildars, Petty Officers and Sergeants in PB-1, while their civilian counterparts are placed in PB-2. The other point is higher MSP for Officers.
Since they are related to serving personnel and unfortunately they have no mechanism to project the grievances, the above anomalies remain unattended even today. Now the OROP tables will be prepared on the basis of these anomalous pay and pension figures which will be  disadvantageous to us.
We need to bring these points to the notice of JC. Although the terms and reference of the commission may not include correction of the pay commission anomalies, it can definitely bring those issues to the notice of GOI for possible corrections.
4. Equalisation of future pension every 5 years means that we would lose substantially during that 5 years interval. This is all the more critical in the case of the pensioners who are in advanced age and it will also have adverse repercussion in the calculation of family pension.
We need to request the JC for annual review which  may not be difficult in the Digital India.
5. The payment of arrears on account of OROP over a period of two years is too long. A rough estimate shows that ORs will be benefited only to the extent of 30% increase in their pension. Hence  the amount of 18-20 months arrears may not be huge.
The GOI can consider paying the arrears in two equal half - yearly instalments to POTOs.
6. Above all, we must ensure that the Judicial Commission on OROP should call the representatives of OR pensioners for discussion. Merely taking the opinion of the officers who constitute only 5% of the total strength of defence forces, on issues and grievances relating to the remaining 95% will not only be undemocratic but also be unfair.
So, we should pro actively approach the JC as soon as the same is constituted to include us as stake holders and seek our views.
In spite of all the above grievances, it is also time to rejoice as something has come through after a very long wait and struggle. Let us also hope that the judicial commission on OROP will take a very positive and objective view of genuine points and do justice to POTOs!
In conclusion, wishing you all a very happy and prosperous DIWALI!!
Sgt MPKaran
Karnataka Chapter, AFVA


  1. Perhaps thanks giving may wait for a little while till the letter is issued by the DESW/PCDA. The rest is fine.

  2. Karan sir, HAPPY DEEPAVALLI.

    Superb the way of projecting our problems to DM is really superb. No words to
    express. Thank you. Ashokraj Dharmapuri.

  3. Broad banding disability pension for veterans still pending for those who completed term of engagement as per supreme Court judgment on 10 Dec 2014. Please include the point.