OROP announcement


In having resolved the One Rank One Pension issue, perhaps as a ‘fulfilment of an election promise’, the government has unwittingly opened a Pandora’s box; one can expect similar demands to be made by personnel in the paramilitary forces and railways too. While hard-working labourers in the unorganised sectors continue to wallow in misery, bereft of any pensionary benefit, periodical hikes to the pay and pension to government employees appear to be eating away a major chunk of revenue which is quite discomforting.

B. Gurumurthy,


The clarification that all service personnel who have availed of premature retirement would be entitled to OROP is ambiguous. (“ >Early retirees eligible for OROP: Modi”, Sept.7).

The bureaucracy has obviously tried to be clever to trying to save between 40-50 per cent of the estimated cost of the scheme by eliminating such premature retirees and limiting it to those who are made to retire prematurely on administrative and medical grounds or even on superannuation. When the service conditions provide for premature retirement voluntarily after putting in the prescribed and minimum period of service to earn a pension, it is unjustified to deny OROP benefits to such personnel.

G. Kameswara Rao,


That the government has finally accepted the four-decade-old demand should come as a relief even though it is not entirely to the satisfaction of our veterans. We know that the government may have had its political compulsions to make the announcement before the code of conduct came into effect in Bihar. It is also probable that the right wing had a role to play. Though it was an unhappy sight to see disciplined defence personnel going on hunger strike, they used their strength to their benefit, and with some help from the media. Our veterans should now revert to their traditional stance of maintaining a distance from the political world.

P. Arihanth,


There are sure to be more demands being made by other service personnel. However, their demands, when compared to the requirements of our armed forces personnel, are minuscule. It should be understood that while most personnel retire between the ages of 37 and 54, unlike 60 for civil employees, other military personnel retire between 57 and 60 years. This is a negligible gap and if bridged, will not cost the exchequer much.

On the other hand, if the government is interested in reducing OROP expenditure, it must initiate schemes whereby those who retire early are found suitable jobs in the Central police services and other government jobs.

Ram Gulrajani,


The government needs to be thanked. A little izzat has been restored as far as the armed forces are concerned. In fact, the way the veterans put forth their demands, is an example to the rest of the nation. No buses were burnt, the public was not inconvenienced, there was no stone throwing and public property was left intact. Our nation must understand that we are not beggars. We have sacrificed our lives for our great nation. The bureaucracy has to mend its attitude and treat our armed forces personnel with the respect they deserve. Imagine this. OROP could have been solved 42 years ago.

V.V. Nair,

Manipal, Karnataka

Having rolled out OROP, the media now reports that the government is worried about the financial burden. The people of India should be made aware of the financial savings to the government due to the chronic shortage of manpower in the armed forces. The Army alone is short of about 10,000 officers and 30,000 personnel below officer rank. Because of the risk to life and the hardship involved in service, the armed forces are not the preferred career destination for most youngsters. A figure to the shortage I have referred to will work out to more than Rs.1,500 crore an annum. If one considers the other wings of the forces, the figure is Rs.4,000 crore a year. The government, especially bureaucrats, should realise the unique, elite and uncomparable service status of the armed forces, ensure that young people are motivated enough to join the ranks and also boost the high morale of our defence personnel. A few thousand crores of what is considered a “financial burden” is a pittance especially when one has to maintain and operate one of the largest military forces in the world.

R. Ilangovan,


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