Some mails have been floating among the veterans during the last few hours , on the reported statement of the RM about the non applicability of 7 CPC on OROP .
My two paise worth of input.
The 7 CPC is applicable to all Central Govt employees , incl serving soldiers from 1 Jan 2016 .Since OROP is defined as " Same pension for all retd soldiers with the same rk and the same length of service irrespective of date of retirement and any future increases will automatically be passed onto them " , I don't think there should be any confusion.
For eg ; A sepoy with 17 yrs of service retiring on 31 Jan 2016 may get as pension Rs 5000/. Automatically, all sepoys with 17 yrs of service ( whether they retd on 1 Aug 1995 or 1 Aug 2015 ) will also start getting Rs 5000 /- as pension . It is as simple as that. No one should have any doubt.I don't think even the acrimonious babu can upset this. If anyone tries to be naughty , post 7 CPC, the courts will sort him out.
What the RM must have meant is that 7 CPC will not have any effect on the definition and the formula adopted for equalisation.It will remain the same . But, here, the basic pension figures of all sepoys with 17 yrs of service will be changed on 1 Jan 2016 to Rs 5000 /- and the next equalisation will however be only in 2019 .
One can't expect all that clarity from an off hand, improptue reply to a question , from a politician. I suggest we don't get worked up on such an issue or get our tails tied up in a knot , when common sense tells us that it will be suicidal for the Govt to have such an interpretation as we are assuming now. I suggest we don't give too much publicity to the issue now and let the issue die a natural death for the time being. If anything, this matter can be clarified tru the Service HQs and back channel work by IESL , since IESM seems to have burned the bridge between them and the Govt .
My humble opinion.
Col NK Balan
[Tri Serveices Veteran]