The Government of India on 5th September, 2015 announced the implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme (OROP Scheme) which addressed more than 40 years long demand of defence personnels. Let’s have a look on what One Rank One Pension is all about? Why it was needed? What are challenges with OROP? and many other answers you wanted to know about this scheme.
Our defence forces should remain young and it can be ensured only through early recruitment and early retirement.
As we say defence personnels or servicemen it implies to the defence forces staffs of Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.
Prime Role of our Defence Forces
1. To maintain sovereignty of the country
2. To neutralise any external aggression
3. To defend Indian territory
4. To defend sanctity of Indian air space
5. To defend sanctity of Indian territorial water
6. To fight war
What is One Rank One Pension?
One Rank One Pension (OROP) implies that uniform pension to be paid to the armed forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service regardless of their date of retirement.
At present ex-servicemen receive differential pensions as it is calculated on the basis of their salary at the time of their retirement.
Under this scheme for any future enhancement the benefit will be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.
Why the One Rank One Pension Scheme was in demand?
Let’s have a look on retirement age of servicemen:
Category of Servicemen
Age of Superannuation/Retirement
Non Commissioned Officers
Junior Commissioned Officers
Most of Commissioned Officers
Very few – Lt. Gen, Air Marshal, Vice Admiral etc.
Only 10 percent of Sepoy get chance to become Non Commissioned Officer or Junior Commissioned Officer. Most of Officers retire in early 50s of age.
Also the number of Sepoys are very much higher than above ranked service. The Pyramid structure of defence personnels has a...