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One Rank One Pension

One Rank One Pension

One Rank One Pension means payment of uniform pension to military personnel retiring in same rank with same length of service, irrespective of date of retirement. Further any hike in pension rates to be automatically passed on to past pensioners. The difference in the pension of present and past pensioners in the same rank occurs on account of the number of increments earned by the defence personnel in that rank. In 1973 the government following the Third Central Pay Commission in an "ex-parte" decision terminated OROP and the issue is still under focus. Reasons for demand: a) In the government services the age of retirement is 59-60 years and even after that government officer gets good pension whereas in case of military services the retirement age is generally between 37-39 years and rest of his life the person has to live on pension or end in becoming home guards or small farmers (if have land in village) or landless labours. b) During service they work with full honour and zeal but after retirement the things vanishes. c) They leave their families behind and work in dangerous and hostile regions, with no guarantee to life. Work conditions are tough and so is the pressure but in turn they get meager salary and pension. d) Successive pay commissions have widened gap between veterans who have retired earlier and those who retire later. Proposed benefits: a) It will help in boosting the confidence and morale of serving Army persons. b) Ex-servicemen drawing pensions will benefit from the OROP scheme, especially those who retired before 2006. c) The scheme will benefit all three services -- air force, navy and army.

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