Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Letter to PM Shri Narendra Modi from Chairman IESM for Implementation of OROP

Sh Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
New Delhi – 110 001

Dear Prime Minister,

1.      We draw your attention to your statement at Leh on 12 Aug 2014 regarding OROP. You have said that the budget caters for the demand of OROP. Sir, this is erroneous as the Draft Govt Letter (DGL) prepared by Service HQs in continuation of the meetings in Feb and March, foresee requirement of Rs 5000 crore while the budget caters to only 1500 crore, and hence the DGL is being blocked to bring in line with the limited budget.

2.     It has been six months since the OROP was approved. In a meeting chaired by the then RM Mr. AK Antony on 26 Feb 2014,the approved definition with its implication was directed to be implemented with effect from 01 Apr 2014 ( copy of the letter enclosed) However, the Govt letter has not seen the light of  the day till date.

3.  (a)  The OROP as approved,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.

    (b) It further implies that Pensions of past defence retirees will be equal to that of a person with same rank and length of service retiring wef 01 Apr 2014, future enhancement in the rates of pensions will be automatically passed to the past pensioners.
4.     The service HQs have prepared the Draft Govt Letter (DGL) which is in sync with the above definition. The same needs to be approved and Govt letter issued at the earliest please. You had personally assured the defence personnel that actual OROP will be implemented.

5.     The Defence personnel are eagerly waiting for their long pending demand to be implemented for which they had believed in the assurance given by the BJP before the LS elections.The same was included in its manifesto and the President in his address to both houses of Parliament also mentioned that the  OROP will be implemented .

6.     The undue long delay in the implementation of the main demand of OROP is causing serious concern to the defence personnel who are feeling dejected with the apathy of your Govt like all previous Governments.

7.     We know you to be a man of honour, integrity and one who keeps his word. The Veterans, who have given their prime to the nation, expect you to honour your word given to the Armed Forces on various occasions. I am sure you do know that "Justice delayed is Justice denied.

8.     May we request you to kindly issue directions to the MoD for immediate implementation of OROP strictly as per its approved definition as above. Any dilution of the definition or implication of OROP as approved will not be acceptable to the Defence Fraternity
With regards,
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Chairman IESM

1 comment:

  1. Has there been any sincere response from the government ??????? And the million dollar question - what if the government goes back on their accepted stand to implement OROP or tries to change the terms of acceptance of OROP ??????? and toes the line of uncaring BABUS ????????