What is One Rank One Pension (OROP)?

The Supreme Court gave the Center time till March 15, 2023, to pay dues under the ‘One Rank-One Pension’ (OROP) scheme to all eligible pensioners of the armed forces. Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice P.S. Narasimha asked the Center to ensure that the arrears are paid to all pensioners immediately without any delay. The apex court granted liberty to the ex-servicemen organization to file an application if it is unsatisfied with any action taken by the Center in the payment of OROP dues.

Sent to Defense Ministry for approval

Attorney General R.K., appearing for the Centre. Venkataramani said the tabulation process has been completed by the Controller General of Defense Accounts (CGDA) and the tables have been sent to the Defense Ministry for final approval. Venkataramani said, “By March 15, money will start coming into the accounts of 25 lakh pensioners of the armed forces.” It had moved to the Supreme Court last month, requesting an extension of time till March 15, 2023, for the payment.

Even though the system has been in existence for five years, the government still has to address a few issues from ex-servicemen.

One Rank One Pension, or OROP, is a topic that constantly emerges in the headlines when it comes to the welfare of the Indian armed forces. It is essential for the SSB Interview and the parts on politics, governance, security, and social concerns in the UPSC curriculum. This page will teach you all you need to know about the history and intricacies of the government’s One Rank One Pension scheme.

How One Rank One Pension Scheme Works?

OROP refers to the concept of giving military troops the same pension for the same rank and term of service, regardless of when they retire.
To further comprehend this concept, consider this example. An officer who retired in 2000 after 15 years of service (from 1985 to 2000) would earn the same pension as an officer who retired in 2010 after 15 years of service (from 1995 to 2010). (15 years).
Previously, the last payment received was used to calculate how much a person’s pension would be.
The period of service was unimportant in this case; rather, the personnel’s most recent wage was considered.

The issue here was that, while having the same amount of service time, a colonel retiring after 2006 would get a pension that was nearly 10% lower than that of a lieutenant general retiring in 1995.
Another example is that a jawan who retired in 1995 would receive a pension that was roughly 80% lower than a jawan who resigned after 2006.
The purpose of ex-demands troops for OROP was to eradicate this disparity in pay.
Although there has been a desire for retired military soldiers for many years, it has only lately achieved appeal among the general public as a result of political parties including it in their election manifestos.

The OROP is a delicate issue for many veterans. To maintain trust between the nation’s armed forces and the ruling government, a thorough examination of the system and the expectations is required. When making a decision, the government must consider both the country’s financial stability and the morale of the armed forces.

One Rank One Pension 2023

Pension as of 1st January 2016 Revised Pension w.e.f. 1st July 2019 Likely Arrears from 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2022
17,699 19,726 87,000
18,427 21,101 1,14,000
20,066 21,782 70,000
24,232 26,800 1,08,000
33,526 37,600 1,75,000
61,205 68,550 3,05,000
84,330 95,400 4,55,000
92,855 1,03,700 4,42,000
96,555 1,08,800 5,05,000
99,621 1,09,100 3,90,000
1,01,515 1,12,050 4,32,000

The Center Asked For Extra Time for the Second Time

The Supreme Court has given time to the Center to make the payment for the second time. For the first time in June last year, after seeking a three-month extension in the top court to calculate and pay, this is the second extension requested by the Center to pay the dues. The Center had then moved the top court, requesting it to grant additional time to make the payment under the court’s order dated March 16, 2022. The apex court gave this 2022 verdict during the hearing of a petition filed by the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) against the Centre’s OROP scheme.