After ex-servicemen, Indian Railway employees demand One Rank One Pension

"Railwaymen are performing dedicated service for the nation. Railway is the lifeline of the country. Employees are working round the clock across the country," said General Secretary of All-India Railwaymen's Fedration.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2015 7:25 pm
orop, one rank one pension, indian railways, indian railways employees, railways orop, indian railways orop demand, india news, latest news, top stories “Railwaymen are performing dedicated service for the nation. Railway is the lifeline of the country. Employees are working round the clock across the country,” said General Secretary of All-India Railwaymen’s Fedration.

Now, Railway employees too have raised the demand for One Rank One Pension, saying that they should not be ignored as like the defence personnel they also have dedicated their services to the nation.

The issue of OROP for railway employees was discussed in the Seventh Pay Commission and we will raise the issue again, Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary of All-India Railwaymen’s Fedration told PTI.

Currently there are 13.26 lakh employees working in the Railways.

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“Railwaymen are performing dedicated service for the nation. Railway is the lifeline of the country. Employees are working round the clock across the country,” Mishra said.

He, however, said servicemen in defence forces should get OROP but the same principle should also be applicable to Railways.

“Our brothers in defence should get it as soon as possible. But at the same time we should also not be ignored,” AIRF leader said.

Expressing disappointment over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Red Fort speech, Mishra said “PM should have offered something concrete on the OROP issue. Though there were expectations for an announcement on the issue, nothing happened.”

PM, in his Independence day speech, said in-principle the government has accepted the demand for OROP but it is a long pending issues, and discussions are underway and in the last stages.

Taking on lawmakers, he said, “MPs are increasing their salaries whenever they want to increase. They even get full pension irrespective of their term or attendance.”

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First Published on: August 15, 2015 4:08 pm
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    Raj
    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm
    Now even the Office boys. sweepers and others will want OROP! Are they not doing a "service to the nation" ?? They think working in A/C office in Rail Bhavan is the same as working in Siachin or at the LoC now ! Everybody gets "pension" in Govt service - this railway spokesperson talks as if Ministers get Pension but railway staff dont get pensions. That is a lie. Everybody gets pension - OROP is not about getting pension, it is about the amount of pension.
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      Harendra Kumar
      Aug 16, 2015 at 8:44 am
      One Rank One Pension:It is not only the hardships & the risks for which our Armed Forces deserve OROP over other services. It is primarily the age factor. Officers and men in our Military are retired earlier than their counterparts in the civil services to keep the military fighting fit.It is a national security requirement.Ignoring this aspect, other insutions needlessly keep raising the issue from time to time, giving the bureaucrats unjustifiable grounds to block its implementation. Civil services, including the Police or the Railways, should not compare themselves with the Armed Forces to demand OROP when their members, unlike that of the Military, retire on attaining the age of 60 years and above. Media is expected to highlight this aspect for the information of the people to avoid needless controversies on the issue.
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