This circular is issued by the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) to implement the revision of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) for Defence Pensioners/Family Pensioners in compliance with the Government of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 1(1)/2019/D(Pen/Pol)/Vol-II dated 20.01.2023. The revision of pension will be effective from 01.07.2019, and arrears will be paid in four equal half-yearly instalments, except for family pensioners and gallantry award winners who will be paid in one instalment. The circular specifies that the provisions do not apply to pensioners from the UK, Pakistan, Burma, Reservist Pensioners, or those in receipt of Ex-Gratia payments. The circular also includes guidelines for the revision of various pensions and family pensions for Commissioned Officers, Honorary Commissioned Officers, JCOs/ORs, and Non-Combatants (Enrolled) of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defence Security Corps, and Territorial Army.
OROP revision to the Defence pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2019
O/o THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Toll Free No: 1800-180-5321 (Timing-9:30 AM to 6:00 PM)
Circular No. 666
Dated: 20th Jan 2023
- The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. of Govt, Bank Accounts, Central Office C-7, Second Floor, Bandra – Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandra East Mumbai-400051
- All CMDs, Public Sector Banks,
- The Nodal Officers, ICICI/HDFC/AXIS/IDBI Banks
- All Managers, CPPCs
- Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
- The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
- The CDA (PD), Meerut
- The CDA, Chennai
- The Director of Treasury, All States
- The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, R K Puram and Tis Hazari, New Delhi.
- The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt, of Maharashtra, Mumbai
- The Post Master Kathua (J&K), Cump Bell Bay.
- The Principal Pay and Accounts Officer Andaman and Nicobar Administration Port Blair.
Subject:- Implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) revision to the Defence pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2019.
Reference:- GoI, MoD letters No. 1(1)/2019/D(Pen/Pol)/Vol-II dated 20.01.2023.
A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Defence’ letter No. 1(1)/2019/D(Pen/Pol)/Vol-Il dated 20.01.2023 and Gol, MoD letter No 1(1)/2019/D(Pen/Pol) dated 04.01.2023 on the above subject are forwarded herewith for information and necessary action which are self explanatory.
- The above Government letters have been issued to implement ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) revision for Defence Pensioners/Family Pensioners in continuance to earlier Govt.
order on the subject dated 03.02.2016 circulated vide this office Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016. All the implementing instructions mentioned therein shall equally apply on this order until not specially specified herein.
- The revision of pension in terms of the above Government Orders shall be effective from 01.07.2019 and payment of arrears accrued on account of revision of pension, if any. shall be made in four equal half yearly instalments, however, all the family pensioners including those in receipt of Special/Liberalised Family Pension and all Gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment as stipulated earlier.
4.1 The provisions of this circular do not apply to UK/HKSRA/KCIOs pensioners, Pakistan and Burma Army pensioners.
4.2 These orders do not apply to Reservist Pensioncrs.
4.3 These orders do not apply to Pensioners in receipt of Ex-Gratia payments.
4.4 Pensioners retired on or after 01.07.2014 i.c. after previous OROP on pre mature retirement/own request.
These orders apply to all pensioners/family pensioners who had retired/discharged/invalided out from service/died in service or after retirement in the rank of Commissioned Officers, JCOs/ORs and Non-Combatants (Enrolled) of Army, Navy, Air Force, Defence Security Corps, Territorial Army and who were/are in receipt of the any type of pension mentioned in para 5.1 of Circular No. 555 as on 01.07.2019.
- Revision of Pension of DSC
Pension of DSC personnel who are in receipt of pension for DSC service only (i.e. those who are getting single pension for the services rendered both in the Army and the DSC by way of counting former service of Army along with the service in the DSC) shall be revised based on the same rates as provided for Regular Army tables. DSC personnel “Clerical Duty” and “other duty” are entitled for pension of Regular Army personnel of Group “Y”.
However, for JCOs/ORs of DSC in receipt of second pension due to their service in the DSC, separate tables have been prepared and enclosed.
- Guidelines for revision of various Pensions/Family Pensions
The appended tables indicate revised rates of Retiring/ Service/ Special/ Disability / Invalid/ Liberalized Disability/ War Injury Pension including Disability/ War injury Element and Ordinary/ Special/ Liberalized Family Pension of Commissioned Officers, Honorary Commissioned Officers, JCOs/ORs and Non-Combatants (Enrolled) of Army, Navy, Air Force. Defence Security Corps & Territorial Army retired/ discharged/ invalided out from service/died in service or after retirement. The existing pension of all pre-01.07.2019 pensioners/ family pensioners shall be enhanced with reference to the applicable table for the rank (and group in case of JCOs/ORs) in which pensioned with the term of engagement for each rank as applicable from time to time.
Where the revised pension/family pension as on 01.07.2019 worked out in terms of these orders, happens to be less than the existing pension/family pension as on 01.07.2019, the pension shall not be revised to the disadvantage of the pensioner.
- As provided in para – 4 of MoD order dated 20.01.2023 and para – 2.6 of MoD notification dated 04.01.2023 that the pensioners retired on or after 01.07.2014 i.e. after previous OROP on premature retirement/own request is not eligible for revision of pension under OROP w.e.f 01.07.2019. The information regarding premature retirement/own request are not available in the Pension Payment Order (PPO). Hence, table based revision by PDA in such cases is not feasible.
8.1 Therefore, it is decided that the pension of all such pensioners retired/discharged on or after 01.07.2014and before 01.07.2019 will be implemented through corrigendum PPO. Since, most of the data of pensioners/family pensioners have been migrated in SPARSH, therefore, revision of pension of migrated pensioners/family pensioners will be done through SPARSH only. The suo-moto corrigendum PPO in remaining pensioners retired/discharged on or after 01.07.2014 and before 01.07.2019 will be issued by Pension Sanctioning Authorities in affected cases (where these OROP rates are beneficial than they are drawing as on 01.07.2019).
8.2 In all other cases i.e. pensioners retired/discharged upto 30.06.2014, invalided out prior to 01.07.2019 and family pensioners, this revision will be implemented through table based as appended with this order. All Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAs) handling disbursement of pension to Defence pensioners are hereby authorized to carry out revision of Retiring/Service/ Special/ Disability/Invalid/ Liberalized Disability/War Injury Pension including Disability/War Injury Element and Ordinary/Special/Liberalized Family Pension of all such pre — 01.07.2019 pensioners/family pensioners drawing pension as on 01.07.2019 in terms of these orders with applicable rates of dearness relief without calling for any applications from the pensioners and without any further authorization from the Pension Sanctioning Authorities concerned.
8.3. The OROP rates is average of minimum & maximum rate of pension for a rank and a qualifying service of live data of 2018 retirees. Wherever, the rates of higher qualifying service of a rank are lower than rates of lower qualifying service in same rank or data is/are blank for higher qualifying service then the same have been protected by higher rate of lower qualifying service, due to this many rates in same column appears equal. Similarly, wherever this OROP rate is lower in higher rank than rate in lower rank in same qualifying service then the same have been protected with higher rates of lower rank in same qualifying service resulting similar rate in some qualifying service in two adjacent columns.
9.PDAs are hereby authorized to revise the pension as under:
(i) Disability Pension/Liberalized Disability Pension
Both the elements of Disability Pension/ Liberalized Disability Pension, i.e. Service Element and Disability Element shall be revised by the PDAs as per pension rates provided in the specific tables. Tables showing revised rates of Service Elements/ Service Pension for various ranks are given in Table Nos. 1 to 10.
Tables showing revised rates of Disability Element (in discharge and invalided out cases) for 100% disability for various ranks are given in Table Nos. 87 to 96.
For disability less than 100%, the Disability Element shall be proportionately reduced as per the period and degree of disablement already accepted.
(ii) War injury Pension
Similarly, revision of Service Element of War Injury Pension cases will also be carried out by the PDAs for which specific tables indicating revised rate of pension have been provided. Both the elements of War Injury Pension, i.c. Service Element and War Injury Element shall be revised by the PDAs in accordance with the specific tables.
Tables showing revised rate of Service Pension/ Service Element for various ranks are given in Tables Nos. 1 to 10.
Tables showing revised rate of War Injury Element (in invalidated out cases) for 100% disability for various ranks are given in Table Nos. 107 to 116.
For disability less than 100%, the War Injury Element shall be reduced proportionately as per the period and degree of disablement already accepted.
Pensioners drawing War Injury Element in addition to their Retiring/ Service Pension (in discharge case), their War Injury Element shall also be revised similarly and table showing revised rate of War Injury Element (in discharge case) for 100% disability for various ranks are given in Table Nos. 97 to 106.
(iii) Family Pension
Similarly, revision of all types of Family Pension viz Ordinary Family Pension (enhanced rate and normal rate), Special Family Pension (SFP/Special Dependent Family Pension/2nd life award of Special Family Pension), Liberalized Family Pension(LFP/Liberalized Dependent Pension/2nd life award of Liberalized Family Pension), cases will also be required to be revised by the PDAs.
(a) Ordinary Family Pension
Both enhanced rate and normal rate of Ordinary Family Pension shall be revised by the PDAs in accordance with specific tables. Tables showing revised rate of Enhanced rate of Family Pension and Normal rate of Family Pension for various ranks are given in Table Nos. 11 to 20 and 21 to 30 respectively.
(b) Special Family Pension
Similarly, tables showing revised rate of Special Family Pension and Special Dependent family Pension/2nd life award of Special Family Pension for various ranks are given in the Tables No. 31 to 40 and 41 to 50 respectively.
(c) Liberalized Family Pension
Similarly, tables showing revised rate of Liberalized Family Pension, Liberalized Family Pension to child/children, Liberalized Dependent family Pension (Both Parents) and Liberalized Dependent family Pension (Single Parents)/2nd life award of Liberalized Family Pension for various ranks are given in the Tables No. 51 to 60, 61 to 70, 71 to 76 and 77 to 86 respectively.
Note: War Injury Element /Disability element/Family Pension is now linked with Service Pension. Therefore, the War Injury Element /Disability Element/Family Pension is also linked with qualifying service of pensioners. Hence, the PDAs may revise Service Pension/Service Element & War Injury Element /Disability Element/Family Pension on the basis of the rank/group/category and qualifying service of the pensioners. Rank, group and qualifying service for which the individual has been pensioned have been indicated in original Pension Payments Orders (PPOs) or it’s Corrigendum PPOs. In case, any information regarding qualifying service, rank, group etc., is/are not available with PDAs, such cases may be referred to Pension Sanctioning Authorities concerned in the proforma enclosed as Annexure-‘A’ (both for JCOs and JCOs/ORs) to the Govt. letter No.1(1)/2019/D(Pen/Pol)/Vol-II dt.20.01.2023 a copy of which is enclosed.
The remaining implementing instructions mentioned in para 7 to 20 of Circular 555 dt 04.02.2016 shall be equally applicable in implementation of this order except the date of effect i.e. 01.07.2019 instead of 01.07.2014 and the details of Nodal Officers. The details of Nodal Officers are as under:-
- Nodal Officers
In case of any doubt relating to revision of pension in terms of these orders, PDAs may
immediately take up the matter with Nodal Officers of the respective PSAs by name as under:-
For Commissioned Officers
Shri. S.C. Saroj, Sr. A.O(P)
O/o the PCDA (P) Prayagraj 211014
Phone – 0532-242 1877
Email – pedapg lm.dad[at]bhub.nic.in
Smt Pama Jhonson, Sr. AO
O/o the PCDA (NAVY), Mumbai- 400039
Phone – 022-22696139
Email – pedanavy[at]nic.in
Air Force: –
Shri Sangram Singh, Sr. AO
O/o the JCDA (Air Force) New Delhi- 110066
Phone – 011-25695012
Email – dedaaf_delhi.cgda[at]nic.in
Shri Rakesh Kumar Singh, Sr. A.O(P)
O/o the PCDA (P) Prayagraj – 211014
Phone – 0532-2421877
Email – pcdapgtstech.dad[at]nic.in
Smt Pama Jhonson, Sr. A.O
: O/o the PCDA (NAVY), Mumbai- 400039
Phone – 022-22696139
Email – pcdanavy[at]nic.in
Air Force: –
Shri Amar Singh, Sr. A.O
O/o the Jt. CDA (Air Force) New Delhi
Phone – 011-25695012
- A copy of this circular along with the Government of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.1(1)/2019/D(Pen/Pol)/Vol-II dt. 20.01.2023 is also available on the website of this Office (www.pcdapension.nic.in).
Hindi version will follow.
CDA(P) has seen.
Dated: 20th Jan 2023
(Rajendra Kumar Gupta)
Asstt. Controller of Defence Accounts(P)