GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Defence
DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 4539
ANSWERED ON MAY 8, 2013
Amendments in Provisions for One Rank One Pension (OROP)
4539. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government proposes to make the necessary amendments and implement the provisions of One Rank, One Pension, as per the Armed Forces Tribunal Judgments, including granting the pensioners 6 per cent interest on the delayed payment of the entitled pension since 2006;
(b) if so, by when this is likely to happen; and
(c) if not, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(SHRI JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) to (c): The demand for One Rank One Pension was gone into by various Committees and Group of Ministers set up in the past. Significant improvement in pension of the pre 2006 Armed Forces pensioners has been made as a result of recommendations made by them. However, Armed Forces Tribunal in a case filed by some retired officers directed to fix the pay notionally at the rate given to similar officers of the same rank after revision of the pay scales with effect from 01.01.1996 and thereafter to compute their pensionary benefits. The matter was considered in consultation with Ministry of Law and a Special Leave Petition was filed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court which is pending.