Rahul backs ‘One-Rank-One-Pension’ demand of ex-servicemen

Rahul Gandhi told the ex-servicemen that he does feel that their demand is long over due.

New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 9:26 pm
Gandhi is holding interactions with various sections to get their direct feedback for Congress manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi is holding interactions with various sections to get their direct feedback for Congress manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday backed the long-pending demand of “One-Rank, One-Pension” for ex- servicemen assuring them that he will make all efforts to ensure it is met at the earliest.

“I am on your side. I understand your concerns. You give your life for the country, I will do all that I can to see that your demands are met,” Gandhi told a gathering of 1000 odd ex-servicemen during an interaction here.
Gandhi is holding interactions with various sections to get their direct feedback for Congress manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Delegations of ex-servicemen from Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab met Gandhi today and requested him to push for the implementation of the “One Rank, One Pension” (OROP) policy. ‘One Rank, One Pension’ has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen of India.

It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to the defence personnel retiring at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

In what could be music to the ears of around 3 million defence pensioners in the country, Gandhi told the ex-servicemen that he does feel that their demand is long over due. He said he would make all efforts to ensure that this long-standing demand that affects ex-servicemen, their families and war-widows, is met at the earliest.
Major Ved Prakash, the chairman of the ex-servicemen department told PTI that the ex-servicemen also pointed out in the meeting that those working in the armed forces retire early even before their family commitments are fulfilled and hence they should be accommodated in paramilitary forces and government jobs.

The OROP will ensure that retired soldiers of the same rank and the same length of service receive the same pension, irrespective of their date of retirement. The scheme is estimated to cost Rs. 2,000 crore annually.

Currently, all pre-2006 (the year the 6th pay panel report became effective) pensioners receive lesser pension than not only their counterparts but also their juniors.

Major Ved Prakash said OROP will ensure that these servicemen receive pension on the basis of the pension people are getting in their rank after the implementation of the sixth pay commission.

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    Brijkhanna
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    It is generally believed that a dying person gets a flash back of his past before he breathes last. So is the case with Shri Rahul ji Vice President of Congress to give urances to all those who have earlier been denied justice during the ten years tenure of UPA. It is because that such urances are meaningless for UPA because they are not going to be in power, but shall surely leave behind unfulfilled issues for others to sort out. Rightly said:HUM TOH DOOBIEN HEIN SANAM TUM KO LAY DOOBIEN .
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    Brijkhanna
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    It is generally believed that a dying person gets a flash back of his past before he breathes last. So is the case with Shri Rahul ji Vice President of Congress to give urances to all those who have earlier been denied justice during the ten years tenure of UPA. It is because that such urances are meaningless for UPA because they are not going to be in power, but shall surely leave behind unfulfilled issues for others to sort out. Rightly said:HUM TOH DOOBIEN HEIN SANAM TUM KO LAY DOOBIEN .
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    Pushpinder Harsh
    Feb 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm
    Lip service to the Services! When the Government tried to p an Ordnance universally disliked by the electorate, the suddenly enlightened Rahul publicly rubbished the Ordnance, and the Government dropped it. Rahul publicly asked the Prime Minister to allow three more LPG Cylinders, and the Government acted on it. Well, Rahul, if you are with the ex-servicemen on the issue of OROP, tell your Government to sanction it effective from the start of next Financial Year. Let it be made operative from the First day of the next FY. The excuse of large arrears load would not arise. If the order is ped by this Government, the next Government will not have the courage to cancel it. If Rahul goes beyond lip service, and has the said order ped, only then can he claim to be with the ex-servicemen on this issue.
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    Pushpinder Harsh
    Feb 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm
    Lip service to the Services! When the Government tried to p an Ordnance universally disliked by the electorate, the suddenly enlightened Rahul publicly rubbished the Ordnance, and the Government dropped it. Rahul publicly asked the Prime Minister to allow three more LPG Cylinders, and the Government acted on it. Well, Rahul, if you are with the ex-servicemen on the issue of OROP, tell your Government to sanction it effective from the start of next Financial Year. Let it be made operative from the First day of the next FY. The excuse of large arrears load would not arise. If the order is ped by this Government, the next Government will not have the courage to cancel it. If Rahul goes beyond lip service, and has the said order ped, only then can he claim to be with the ex-servicemen on this issue.
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    Rajan
    Feb 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm
    so last 10 years these bufoon's can't understand the plight of our servicemen?
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    Rajan
    Feb 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm
    so last 10 years these bufoon's can't understand the plight of our servicemen?
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    bangalorean
    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm
    It is a good suggestion. i feel this policy then must be extended to every pension person irrespective of whether he is working in defense or government sector and the same should also be implemented by state governments.
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    bangalorean
    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm
    It is a good suggestion. i feel this policy then must be extended to every pension person irrespective of whether he is working in defense or government sector and the same should also be implemented by state governments.
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