In a progressive move, Justice Reddy’s Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) has decided to hold public meetings and hearings on issues related to OROP anomalies that it is examining.
It may be recalled that one of the sore points with veterans was the absence of any formal system by way of which they could directly approach the Committee and submit their views on a one-to-one basis.
With the holding of public hearings, the Committee would also be adhering to the concept of the principles of natural justice.
While of course the Committee is free to take up additional matters, the following are the main issues which stand referred to it:
(i) Whether the benefit of OROP is to be extended to Reservists.
(ii) Whether the decision to grant benefit of MACP under OROP only to Pensioners who have actually earned requires any modification.
(iii) Whether pension tables for more than 33 years of qualifying service are to be prepared.
(iv) Whether the methodology followed for fixation of pension under ORRP in the absence of actual retirees in the same rank and same qualifying service for the below mentioned categories requires any modification:
(a) Regular Lieutenant & Captains Getting same pension as Honorary Lieutenant & Captain.
(b) Doctors of AMC/ADC/RVC for the rank of Lieutenant, Captain & Major under OROP getting same as Honorary Lieutenant & Honorary Captain.
(c) Doctors of AMC/ADC/RVC for the rank getting lower than the regular commissioned officers of the rank of Major.
(d) Territorial Army (TA) personnel for the rank of Captain/Major and Lt Col getting the same pension.
(e) Lieutenant/Captain and Major in MNS category where data is blank.
(f) Rank of Major in Regular Commissioned Officers getting less than Major in EC and SSC category.
(v) Whether the methodology followed for fixation of pension under OROP for invalidated out war injury pensioners and liberalized family pensioners requires any modification in pension fixation formula.
(vi ) Whether in the case of JCO/OR, the pension is to be paid on the basis of the last rank held instead of last rank pensioned under OROP.
The public hearings of the Committee would be held at a total of 19 places with the timings to be notified later.
The first meeting would be held at Chandigarh on 17 August 2016.
Thanks to all those who helped in making this possible. A special thanks to Mr Rajeev Chandrasekhar for constantly emphasizing on this very important requirement of interaction between the stakeholders.