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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Defence
DEPARTMFNT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE

 RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.962
ANSWERED ON DECEMBER 2, 2014

 QUESTION
Implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP)

962. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:

(a)   the status of Government's official promise to veterans / ex-servicemen of implementing One Rank One Pension (OROP);

(b)   what is Government's official definition of OROP;

(c)    whether Government proposes to issue an explicit clarification on the Defence Ministry'sOrder to the Controller General Defence Accounts dated 26 February 2014, on the implementation of OROP, in terms of mentioning the accepted definition of OROP and the execution order stipulating that pensions of past defence retirees will be equal to that of a person with same rank and length of office and same group retiring w.e.f. 01 April, 2014;and

(d)   the reasons for the delay and the date by which it is likely to be implemented?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(RAO INDERJIT SINGH)

(a) & (d): The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been acceptedby the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with variousstakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will beimplemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

(b): One Rank One Pension (OROP) implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of theirdate of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automaticallypassed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension ofthe current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancement in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.

(c) No, Sir.