The Indian government has implemented the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for retirees from the Armed Forces and their family members. The total expenditure for the 8-year period from 2014 to 2022 has been approximately Rs. 57000 crore at Rs. 7123 crore per year. The government issued an order for revision of pension under OROP on 4th January 2023, with detailed instructions and pension tables being issued on 20th January 2023. The revised pension will be paid to the Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners under OROP starting from 1st July 2019.
OROP for Armed Forces
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 449
TO BE ANSWERED ON 03rd February, 2023
ONE RANK ONE PENSION
- SHRI KOMATI REDDY VENKAT REDDY:
SHRI KANUMURU RAGHU RAMA KRISHNA RAJU:
SHRI SUBBARAYAN K.
SHRI MANNE SRINIVAS REDDY:
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether the Government has approved and implemented a pension revision for retirees from the Armed Forces and their family members under the One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme;
(b) if so, the details thereof along with the progress made in this regard so far and if not, the reasons therefor;
(c) whether One Rank One Pension (OROP) for nearly 2.5 million army pensioners has not been implemented by the Government till date despite the direction of Supreme Court in March, 2022 to fix their pensions and pay the amount by 15th June, 2022;
(d) if so, the details thereof alongwith the timeline by which they are expected to be paid their due pensions; and
(e) if not, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE (SHRI AJAY BHATT)
IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(a) & (b): The Government had issued orders on 07.11.2015 for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) for the Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners with effect from 01.07.2014. For about eight years, starting from 01.07.2014, the total expenditure works out to approximately Rs. 57000 crore @ Rs. 7123/- crore per year.
(c) to (e): Government has issued order for revision of pension for the Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2019 under OROP vide MoD letter dated 04.01.2023.Detailed instructions along with pension tables for each rank and each category under OROP have been issued on 20.01.2023. Necessary instructions have been issued for payment of revised pension to the Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners under OROP w.e.f. 01.07.2019.