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    Default Ex-serviceman files RTI plea over 'one rank one pension' issue


    As reported in bombaynews.net on 09 February 2009:
    Ex-serviceman files RTI plea over 'one rank one pension' issue

    Ex-serviceman files RTI plea over 'one rank one pension' issue

    Disillusioned with the system, a former naval officer Monday filed an application under Right to Information (RTI) Act asking the government on what basis was the demand for 'one rank one pension' overlooked.

    'In 2008, the defence minister in a written reply to a question told parliament that the government has not found acceptable the demand of ex-servicemen for one rank one pension. Through RTI Act, I want to get the details as to how the government reached the decision,' Commodore (retired) Lokesh K. Batra told IANS.

    'I want to know the replies of the senior officials of Indian forces on the question. I also want to inspect the files concerned with the said parliament 'question' and follow-up actions taken,' Batra said.

    More than 300 retired soldiers of varying ranks Sunday marched to Rashtrapati Bhavan and returned medals won in combat and for distinguished service as they sought equal pension for each rank. Earlier in the day, they had gathered at the Jantar Mantar observatory in the heart of New delhi to protest, which some even termed as a black day for the Indian armed forces.

    President Pratibha Patil did not personally receive the medals, which were collected by some of her officials. The soldiers, who also included three-star generals, marched under the banner of the Indian Ex-servicemen's Movement (IEM).

    The main demand of the protesters is that irrespective of the date on which a soldier retires, he or she should get the same pension.

    An army sepoy who retired before 1996 gets a monthly pension of Rs.3,670. But one who retired between 1996 and December 2005 gets Rs.4,680. A sepoy who retired after January 2006 gets Rs.8,700.

    Effectively then, an army havildar, who retired earlier, gets pension money that is less than that of a sepoy retiring after January 2006 though the havildar enjoys a higher rank. The mismatch applies to all ranks.

    'Most IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers, judges, governors, MPs and even the president enjoy this right (of one rank one pension),' pointed out one retired soldier.

    The government has rejected the 'one rank one pension' demand, saying that it will entail huge financial costs.



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    Default Re: Ex-serviceman files RTI plea over 'one rank one pension' issue


    tragedy is , we salute out brave jawans when they die but we do not care for them when they are alive.


    a pension of Rs.3780 is peanuts anyway.
    LAGE RAHO RTI KE SAATH

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    Default Re: Ex-serviceman files RTI plea over 'one rank one pension' issue


    Defence Minister does not mean a Minister to defend the follies of government.The pity is that the Defence Minister was silent and denied one rank one pension to the soldiers. He just could not understand as to why the soldiers are pleading for one rank one pension. Basically a soldier is sent home around 40 years of his age with meager pension. Had he allowed to continue in service or automatically absorbed in lateral employment till he reach 60 like his counterpart in civil, his pay would have been much higher and would have retired with better pension. The soldiers are not asking anything special but treatment at par with his counterpart. If the government can afford to give this to the President, Governors, MPs, Judges and IAS, how can they deny this to soldiers ?

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    Default Re: Ex-serviceman files RTI plea over 'one rank one pension' issue



    salute thy mother india....
    country where soldiers are illtreated and disgrunted thats ideal time for the enemy to infiltrate ... chaanakya...
    are forgetting our basics...
    wake u elected great under eduacated souls..

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    Default Re: Ex-serviceman files RTI plea over 'one rank one pension' issue


    They are wasting thier time and and opportunity. It is high time for them to get into election campaign and see that this country is not ruled by a crowd of people having no respect for their soldiers.

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    Default Govt accepts recommendation of one-rank-one pension for ex-servicemen


    As reported at blog.taragana.com on July 6th, 2009
    Govt accepts recommendation of one-rank-one pension for ex-servicemen

    July 6th, 2009

    NEW DELHI - Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said that the Government has decided to substantially improve the pension of pre 01.01.2006 defence pensioners below officer rank and bring pre 10.10.1997 pensioners on par with post 10.10.1997 pensioners.

    Presenting the Budget proposals for the year 2009-10 in Lok Sabha, Mukherjee said that it was based on the recommendation of the Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary on One Rank One Pension (OROP).

    The Minister further said that these decisions will be implemented from July 1, 2009 and will cost the exchequer more than Rs. 2100 crore annually.

    “These measures will benefit more than 12 lakh Jawans and JCOs. Certain pension benefits being extended to war wounded and other disabled pensioners are also being liberalized,” he added.

    Under the one-rank one-pension scheme, a retired defence personnel of a particular rank would be entitled to same amount of pension irrespective of the year of retirement. (ANI)

    Source: Govt accepts recommendation of one-rank-one pension for ex-servicemen



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