Monday, March 23, 2015


New Delhi, March 17
In a bonanza to retired employees of the armed forces, the Supreme Court today directed the Centre to pay at least 50 per cent of the pay as pension to all of them as recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
A Bench headed by Justice TS Thakur passed the order while dismissing about 50 appeals filed by the Centre challenging the rulings of various high courts and armed forces tribunals (AFTs). The HCs and AFTs had struck down the office memorandums (OMs) assessing the pension amount at less than 50 per cent for some categories of pensioners.
Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand had pleaded that payment of pension at 50 per cent or more would place an additional burden of Rs 1,500 crore. But the Bench said the pensioners were entitled to the CPC recommendations which had been accepted by the government.
They could not be denied of their dues just because some officials, who did not even have the authority to issue the OMs, had misinterpreted the recommendations, the Bench explained.
“We have already affirmed the orders of the HCs and AFTs” in a couple of cases earlier and there was no need for the Centre to come to the SC in each and every such case, the Bench said.
Today’s order should be implemented within four months extending the benefit to all those who were entitled to pension, irrespective of the fact whether they had gone to the AFT/court or not, the Bench clarified.
In one such case, the Delhi High Court had delivered its verdict on April 29, 2013, directing the Centre to ensure that pension was re-fixed at not lower than 50 per cent of the minimum of the pay in the band and the grade pay thereon. Arrears should be paid within two months and any delay would entail 9 per cent interest, it had ruled while dismissing a batch of Centre’s petitions. The HC had said it was in complete agreement with the reasoning of the Punjab and Haryana HC in similar cases.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Message from ShriThaneswarSen, Chairman, NEXCC.
ShriManoharParikkar, Hon'bleDefence Minister, Government of India, met representative of our organization(NEXCC) led by ShriV.N.Mishra, Secretary General (as Chairman is indisposed).
Where 20/25 minutes cordial discussion had in connection with implementation One Rank One Pension(OROP). He has assured our delegation, that by 1st week of April,2015, modalities will be finalized & 1stpayment will be made on 1st week of May,2015. Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments.
Considering the deferred assurance given by the Hon’bleDefence Minister, available Central Committee Member in Delhi, decided to defer our agitationalprogramme on 6th& 7th April,2015. It is further to intimate that Central Executive Committee to a later date.

The representative also brought to the knowledge of the Hon’bleDefence Minister about the ECHS meeting scheduled to be held on 05th April, 2015,at New Delhi, also & Military Service Pay(MSP)anomalies, which he assured to look into.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Dear Veterans

This refers to arrears paid for increase in pension as per recommendations of 6 CPC to all employees of  of central Government w.e.f. 24 Sep 2012. 

Government has already paid the arrears to civil employees from 1 Jan 2006. However this was denied to Armed Forces personnel on most stupid ground that the arrears will not be paid to those who had not gone to court. 

RDOA had gone to court for arrears to be paid to Armed Forces also. The case was won but the Government decided to file SLP against the SC judgment. The SLP came for hearing on 17 March 15, after many extensions. Honorable SC has declined admission of SLP and asked Government to release payment of arrears w.e.f. 1 Jan 2006 within four months. These arrears are for modified parity in pension paid w.e.f 24 Sep 2012.

Government counsel once again told Honorable SC that the arrears w.e.f 1 Jan 2006 will be paid to only litigants. On this plea Honorable SC had said that this will again increase your and our work load because within few days rest of personnel will soon approach SC for the arrears and Government will have to pay. Therefore it is better that the arrears are paid to all personnel of armed forces. 
Government counsel appealed that Government does not have money for such large payment. On this plea again Honorable SC ruled that if Government can loose thousands of crore in coal blocks this payment is chickenfeed infront of that. Hence the arrears will have to be paid within four months.

These were oral discussions in the court, we will have to wait for formal order by the Honorable SC and the reaction of Government on the judgment. IESM will go to court on behalf of all personnel of Armed Forces in case Government refuses to pay arrears to all affected Armed Forces Personnel.

Please wait for written judgment of Honorable Supreme Court. 

Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
Flat no 801, Tower N5
Narmada Apartments
Pocket D6 
Vasant Kunj
Nelson Mandela Marg
New Delhi. 110070
Mobile   09810541222

OROP is our right. Dilution in OROP will NOT be accepted.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015



All the ex-servicemen are requested to attend and register themselves under Jeevan Praman

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Further update on OROP

Meeting of IESM Delegation with RM Sh Manohar Parrikar on 2 Mar 2015
IESM contacted Sh Manohar ParrikarRakshaMantri at the end of the budget presented on 28 Feb 15 and communicated to him that ESM in general are disappointed because OROP has not been mentioned in the budget speech of Finance Minister and allocation of funds for OROP has not been announced. RM explained on telephone that OROP has been approved in two budgets and hence it is considered approved and therefore there was no need to mention in the budget speech. He was kind enough to invite the IESM delegation at 1400h on 2 March 15 to clear any doubts if we had any.
Following five members of IESM met Sh Manohar Parrikar RM at 1400h on Monday 2 March 2015.   
1.    Maj Gen Satbir Singh SM
2.    Col KiritJoshipura
3.    Col Anil kaulVrC
4.    Wg Cdr CK Sharma
5.    GpCapt VK Gandhi VSM
6.    Major DP Singh was also invited by RM for discussion on disability pension issue.
RM made everyone comfortable in the beginning itself that OROP for Armed Forces and Ex-servicemen is NDA Government’s commitment and he has worked out the expenditure for the OROP. He advised that there was no need to cover this issue in budget presented by NDA Government on 28 Feb 15  as it already stands approved by Parliament as part of budget for financial year 14-15. He confirmed that he had discussed the issue with officers of MOD and ironed out all issues of OROP. He also confirmed that OROP is genuine demand of Armed Forces and must be met in full; hence there is no difference in thinking of Armed Forces and MOD. Accordingly file has been prepared and is in process for approval from Ministry of Finance. After approval of the file from Finance Minister, it will be put up for approval of CCPA (Cabinet Committee for Political Affairs). RM has confirmed that MOD has recommended giving OROP for X group and Y group separately. He also confirmed that all ranks including widows have been included in the OROP. He further confirmed that he is attempting to meet the date line for issuance of Government letter (OROP Notification) given by him on 1 Feb 15 meeting with IESM delegation.
There was no doubt left in our minds after such a clear statement by RM and IESM delegation was convinced that OROP is now in safe hands will see the day light soon. General Satbir Singh thanked him and told him that it is first time that the demands of ESM are being given proper consideration and attention. IESM delegation then discussed following issues with RM.
1.    Increase in Widow’s pension w.e.f 24 Sep 12; General Satbir Singh informed him that widow’s pension was not increased in 2012 when pension for all ranks was increased as per recommendations of 6 CPC. Widows must be given that increase in pension. RM expressed concerned on this issue and asked the delegation to give him the note for his consideration.
2.    Major’s Pension Retired pre 1996; It was brought to RM’s attention that MOD is not paying Lt Col pension to Major rank officers who retired pre 1996 on completion of 21 years of service. Major Thomas of pre 1996 retirement had gone won the case in AFT and had been paid enhanced pension. It should be applicable for all Majors who had retired pre 1996 and had completed 21 years of service. RM asked for a detailed note on the issue for his consideration.
3.    Major’s Pension who had retired on completion of 20 yrs but with less than 21 yrs of service; RM was informed that there will be only few hundred Majors who will fall in that category and MOD must consider giving them Lt Col Pension with Major’s grade pay as a special case. RM demanded a paper on this issue also for his consideration.
IESM will be sending the detailed paper on above issues to RM at the earliest.
IESM delegation was encouraged with the response and encouragement given by RM. One can now say that OROP is in safe hands will soon be approved.
GpCapt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
2 Mar 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Message from Sri. Arvind

My dear brothers,
I have got authentic good news for you all.
Maj Gen Satbir Singh and 5 more people of the IESM including the famous Maj D P Singh (bladerunner who lost one leg in operations) had 45 minutes meeting with Raksha Mantri today afternoon. Following emerged after the dialogue:-
1. File with an abridged note from the MOD was sent to Min. of Finance on 23 Feb and verbal approval of Finance Minister was taken by the RM for the OROP.
2. Now the file with full details/breakdowns will reach MoF on 04 March 2015.
3. Formal approval in writing will be taken from MoF by 20 Mar 2015 or so.
4. Notification about the OROP is likely to be issued by 31 Mar 2015 plus minus few days.
5. Widows/Veer-naris will also be covered in the OROP. In 2012, their pensions were not enhanced.
6. Reservations for the ex-servicemen in Private Defence Industries was also discussed.
7. Major's pension and short-service benefits were also discussed.
8. OROP arrears of the last year will be paid in quarterly installments.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

One Rank, One Pension stuck between Services and Defence Ministry

One Rank One Pension, Arun Jaitley, Finance Ministry, Armed Services, Defence Ministry, Union Budget 2015

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrives in Parliament to present the annual budget
 2015-16 in New Delhi on Saturday. (Source: PTI)
By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | February 28, 2015 5:01 pm
Reinstating government’s commitment on implementing the ‘One Rank,
One Pension’ policy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the
issue is pending as the method of calculating pension is stuck between the
Armed Services and the Defence Ministry.
“I have already in the last Budget said that we are going to implement
 ‘One Rank, One Pension’. This need not be stated on every occasion.
 We are completely committed to it,” Jaitley told reporters here when
 asked about the delay in launching the scheme.
As and when that idea is formulated, not only it should be implemented,
 it will be implemented, he added.Explaining the reasons behind the delay
, the Minister said: “The methodology of calculating the One Rank,
 One Pension is an issue pending between the Services and the
Defence Ministry.”
“You may only notice that I have today, despite the squeeze,
increased the allocation for Defence by almost Rs 25,000 crore,”
 Jaitley said.
Last month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that ‘
One rank, One pension’ scheme will be rolled out soon.
The scheme, which seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid
 to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same
 length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, has
been a long-standing demand of the over two million
 ex-servicemen in the country.

Monday, February 2, 2015

One Rank One Pension to be finalised by Defence Ministry this week – Proposal to be sent to Finance Ministry

OROP is expected by more than 20 lakh Ex-Servicemen which was agreed in principal by Govt during February 2014

As retried veterans of the armed forces converge on the national capital to protest non-implementation of the “one rank-one pension” (OROP) scheme on Sunday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the modalities will be finalised by next week and the file will be sent to the Finance Ministry for further action.Parrikar, while speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a defence function, said: “Discussions are on to fix the modalities (for the OROP)… By next week, the view of the Defence Ministry will be formed.”The OROP issue has been fast-tracked, Parrikar said adding he had already held several meetings on it. The scheme was sanctioned by the previous government on February 17 last year. On February 26, the then Defence Minister AK Antony issued executive orders to implement OROP under the “approved” definition at the earliest.
Parrikar said as and when the exact implementation status for the scheme is finalised by the Defence Ministry, it will be sent to the Ministry of Finance. Parrikar had in December said if he could take the satisfaction level (of the retired armed forces personnel) to 80-90 per cent, it should be “a good enough solution”. This had not been taken kindly to by the veterans who wanted a clarification on what the 80 per cent satisfaction level meant.
The Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) wanted to know the formula being adopted for OROP saying it would not accept OROP other than the one already accepted by the government.
The definition accepted by the Ministry of Defence is the one the Rajya Sabha Petitions Committee chaired by Bhagat Singh Koshyari suggested in December 2011.
OROP, it said, “implies that uniform pension be paid to armed forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.”
Source: The Tribune

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015


General Dalbir Singh                                             
PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC                              
Chief of the Army Staff 
Integrated HQs of  Ministry of Defence (Army)
South Block, New Delhi-110011

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha                              
PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC                                                                            
Chief of the Air Staff & Chairman,
Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC),                                  
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Air Force)
Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011

Admiral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC                                                                           Chief of the Naval Staff                                                                                
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy)             
South Block, New Delhi -110011

            On behalf of IESM and on my own behalf I wish the New Year Bring Lots of Happiness, Achievements and Glory to you and Service you are honoured to lead.
            I would like to draw your attention to the most important statement of hon’bleRakshaMantri as reported in The Times of India dated 01 Jan 2015 in New Delhi Edition as New Year gift to Armed Forces. Though we are happy he noticed grave deficiencies of important items such as bullet proof jackets and Snow boots to be given to our troops deployed in extreme High Altitude Areas performing life threatening op duties, what shocked us is his statement “only 80% of veterans will get OROP at a cost of Rs 6,000 per annum.”
RM has been making conflicting and questionable statements ever since has taken over.
·         OROP cannot be dynamic in nature. When pay goes up because of increments it cannot be passed on to pensioners. His interview to The Economic Times.
·         80% Satisfaction is what I am aiming to achieve. Even in real life we cannot get 100%. His comments in The Headlines Today conclave in Dec 2014 in New Delhi.
·         Only 80% of veterans will get OROP at a cost of Rs 6,000 per annum. His statement reported by The Times of India dated 01 Jan 2015 at page no 11.
            You know the implication of this statement which I do not find any reason to disbelieve. This means OROP is given to only 80% who are Sepoys and those of 20% who are NCOs, JCOs and Officers will not be given OROP. The bureaucrats have appeared to have sold the idea to break up this Defence fraternity into majority Sepoy group by giving them OROP and isolate minority 20%.
            Pl consider the after effects of this nefarious design of bureaucrats. The serving community will be divided vertically. You will have to compare this with what Mr ArunJaitely told us “Lower your Expectations”
            I am bringing to your notice a famous quote of Sir Wiston Churchill:   “Indian Army is not so much an arm of the executive branch as it is of the Indian people.  Military professionals have an obligation to ensure that the political leaders are counseled and alerted to the needs and necessities of military life. This cannot be done by adhering to the notion that military profession is silent order of monks, isolated from the political realm.”
            There is need for the three serving Chiefs to speak to RM and PM at the earliest to stop this anticipated division  in the  structure of Armed Forces which will seriously and adversely effect the operational efficiency.  Please don’t let that happen in the implementation of OROP. Dear Chiefs you may not be affected today but future generations will face the ill effects of this policy in five to ten years and it will be difficult to reverse the trend at that time.

            You are therefore, requested to jointly and strongly take up the issue with the Govt.  It will be against the SC Judgement where in while adjudicating a case of Armed Forces Veteran said unambiguously that “Either you give a benefit to all or do not give it at all.  You cannot give something to a few and deny the same to others”.  Defence Forces are composite structure and have set ethos, morals and values which must be preserved.  The very fabric of Armed Forces will be broken if OROP is given to some and denied to some when it has been sanctioned by two parliaments with specific definition for All Armed Forces Personnel. 

            I rest my case here and leave judgment to you to do what you want.
            With regards
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
Chairman IESM
Mob: +919312404269, 0124-4110570
Email ID: 

Monday, December 29, 2014

PIB release on below circular

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
12-August-2014 12:46 IST
Payment of DA on Pension of Ex-Servicemen
Guidelines issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare for payment of Dearness Relief to re-employed pensioners have been extended by this Ministry to the ex-servicemen re-employed in civil posts. These guidelines are as under:-

• The pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts of the ranks of Commissioned Officers at the time of their retirement is fixed at the same stage as last drawn before their retirement. These pensioners are not entitled to any Dearness Relief on pension on their re-employment in civil posts.

• The pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts below the ranks of Commissioned Officers (PBOR) at the time of their retirement is fixed at the minimum of the pay scale of the post in which they are re-employed. Such pensioners are entitled to Dearness Relief on pension on their re-employment in civil posts.

• If the pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts, below the ranks of Commissioned Officer (PBOR) at the time of their retirement before attaining the age of 55 years, is fixed at a higher stage because of advance increments and no protection of the last pay drawn is being given, the pay is treated as fixed at a minimum of the pay scale for the purposes of ignoring the entire pension and allowing Dearness Relief on pension.

It is expected that the aforesaid guidelines are being implemented by all banks uniformly without prejudice to the ex-servicemen category. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to ShriMahendra Singh Mahrain Rajya Sabha today.



Circular 166

Sunday, December 28, 2014

‘One rank, one pension’ scheme before next Budget: Parrikar

The Tribune

Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister
Panaji, December 26
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the ‘one rank, one pension’ policy would be implemented in the defence forces before the next Budget.
“One rank, one pension policy will be implemented. We are right now working on its detailing,” Parrikar said. The implementation has lot of financial implications which are being worked out, he said.
“It has a lot of financial implications. Details would be available only once we work it out,” Parrikar said.
‘One rank, one pension’ policy means soldiers of the same rank and same length of service get the same pension irrespective of their retirement date. Parrikar said the announcement to implement the policy was made in the last Budget.
“Now we will have to implement it. I have kept a target that it will be implemented before the next Budget. My effort is to ensure that it should be implemented as soon as possible. My target is that it should not wait for the next Budget,” he said.
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha recently, the Congress had accused the government of delaying the implementation of the scheme. The OROP had been announced in the Interim Budget in February, but was yet to be implemented, Congress MP from Rohtak, Deepender Hooda, said in Parliament.
Deepender Hooda accused the bureaucracy of trying to dilute the original meaning of OROP as defined by the Koshiyari Committee, which was the petition committee of the Rajya Sabha. Hooda had asked the government to come out and announce the implementation of OROP. — PTI

Thursday, December 18, 2014

One Rank, One Pension: Is the bureaucracy back to the same old game of delay dilute and deny?

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December 2, 2014, 6:58 pm IST V Mahalingam in In Search of Propriety|India| TOI
The entire military veterans’ community which includes the war disabled and the widows are dismayed and feel betrayed at the inordinate delay in implementing the One Rank One Pension (OROP) by the government.
The Koshyari committee, a multi-party parliamentary committee recommended OROP in its report presented to the Parliament on December 19, 2011. After procrastinating over the report for more than 3 years, the erstwhile UPA government announced the grant of OROP on the floor of the Parliament as a part of the interim Budget presented on Feb 17, 2014.
Immediately thereafter, the then defence minister convened a meeting to discuss the modalities for the implementation of OROP. The meeting was attended among others by the minister of state for defenceJitendra Singh, the defence secretary RK Mathur, secretary ex-servicemen’s welfare SangitaGairola, secretary defence finance ArunavaDutt, the three service vice chiefs  and the adjutant generals or equivalents from the services headquarters.
A Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing) release issued after the meeting stated that the defence minister “assured the services that the government was fully committed to implement the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) policy and that required funds will be made available to ensure its implementation”. It further went on to define OROP thus:
“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 their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners”.
This definition is in conformity with the Supreme Court’s judgment in the famous Major General SVS Veins Vs Union of India case.
The defence minister had also during the meeting directed the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) to initiate immediate steps in consultation with the three services, ministry of defence finance and department of ESW to give effect to the decision. He had also emphasized that family pensioners and disability pensioners would be included.
The BJP government reaffirmed their commitment to OROP in their Budget 2014 – 15 presented at the Parliament on 10 July 2014 (paragraph 140). Prime Minister Modi too had promised OROP in his very first election rally besides echoing his resolve on the issue subsequently during his visits to various defence establishments.
Despite nine months having gone by, the bureaucracy is still sitting in audit of the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations and the Prime Minister’s announcements and perhaps attempting to redefine OROP. If nine months are not good enough for an organisation to work out the details with a clear definition of what they ought to be doing, those in authority in the organisation have no business to continue in service.
It now appears that the CGDA has come out with a projection of 9000 crores as the additional burden on the exchequer to implement the OROP whereas the service headquarters have estimated a requirement of 5000 crores. The CGDA has not provided the details of their calculations to the Service Headquarters. The projection by the CGDA, the veterans’ community therefore believes is flawed and meant to mislead the defence minister. If the calculations are genuine, why keep it a secret ask the veterans. Even if the expenditure is as projected by the CGDA, is it too much of a price for the nation to pay to those who risk their life at the cost of their family’s welfare and their children’s future development at their old age?
Veterans also point to the alacrity with which the bureaucracy implemented the non-functional upgradation (NFU) to officers of organised group ‘A’ services. The report of the Sixth Central Pay Commission was submitted to finance minister P Chidambaram by Justice BN Srikrishna on March 24, 2008. The cabinet approved sixth pay commission recommendations with some modifications on August 14, 2008 and the NFU proposal was implemented on April 24, 2009 vide ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions department of personnel and training 0M No.AB.14017/64/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 24.4.2009 barely 13 months after the report was submitted to the government by the commission.
It is an irony that while 100 % officers of the Organised Group ‘A’ Services are covered under the NFU and thus eligible to draw the salary of a Joint Secretary at a service of 19 years, only 0.8 % of the Defence Services Officers would be eligible for a similar treatment after 28 years of service. The system has been so engineered that it places 100% officers of the Organised Group ‘A’ services under the ambit of OROP. Where is the parity between the Civil and Military now, a plea under which the military was brought within the civil services pay and pension system? How can two streams of services with diverse service conditions and terms of retirement have the same pay and pension structure? Where has justice and fair play gone?
The Veterans point out that before the Government had made the announcement regarding implementation of OROP on 17 February 2014 in the Parliament, the financial effects of implementing the scheme would have been worked out and a green signal given to the proposal by the very same bureaucracy which is now sitting in judgment of the Government’s announcement in the Parliament and blocking its implementation. Is the Government being run by the political leadership or the bureaucracy?
Veterans allege that the bureaucracy acts as a stumbling block in every issue that has a positive impact on the soldiers even going to the extent of challenging court verdicts providing minimal financial benefits to Veterans, war disabled and widows in the Supreme Court. The government is prepared to spend money, time, and effort fighting cases even where the financial implications are insignificant but supporting the soldiering community is a total No No. The aim is to frustrate the community and make them run around lawyers and courts at their advanced age spending their valuable time and money fighting a legal battle with the mighty state.
It is time the Prime Minister sees the plot. Delay is an instrument which is exploited by the bureaucracy to deny people their right besides forcing people to pay a bribe to get their file moving. In this case it is a fundamental ethos of the bureaucracy to keep the soldiers begging for everything that they rightly deserve.
The Veterans are an aging community. Inordinate delay in implementing a long standing issue which could provide them with some relief at their old age only gives a feeling that those in the Government who have a moral responsibility to look after the soldiering community at their old age are merely waiting in anticipation for the aged to wither away as time passes. A large number passed away without seeing the Rank Pay arrears. Let that not happen in the case of OROP.



Letter to Hon'ble Prime Minister by Hon'ble M.P.


Ex-Servicemen return Medals