Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Higher Pension Sought For Defence Personnel
A “joint services” memorandum to the Seventh Pay Commission has sought a better pension formula instead of calculations at 50 per cent of the last pay drawn alike all government pensioners.
The memorandum submitted on behalf of the three Services — Army, Navy and Air Force — has suggested that the benchmark for calculating pension of the jawans should be 75 per cent of the last pay drawn and 60 per cent of the last pay drawn in case of all officers.
It has argued that only two per cent of the army officers make it to the rank of the major general or equivalent post in IAF and Navy that is at par with the Joint Secretary at the Centre as all other retire at an early age and as such they suffer injustice in the form of lower pension because of the lower last pay drawn at the time of retirement.
The memorandum has also described the Military Service Pay (MSP) as too low and pleaded for fixing it at 30 per cent of the basic pay for jawans and at 15 per cent of basic pay for officers. It has also pleaded for waiving the 10-year service rule for entitlement of the disability pension. At present, a person does not get any pension if injured critically within 10 years because of which he cannot continue in service.
The demand for the new pension formula has come at a time when the government is yet to implement the “one-rank, one-pension” (OROP) that it has accepted as the modalities are being worked out over the past 12 months.