ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Unjustified Demand

The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) would not have told the author of “The Burden of Military Pensions” (EPW, 25 April 2009) that the Fifth Pay Commission had brought all pensioners who retired prior to 31 December 1995 on par with a few exceptions, specifically in the category of Persons Below the Officers Rank (PBOR). Of course, the post-1995 r etirees were g iven additional pensions, otherwise there would have been a major problem. So in essence the demand has a lready been met.

The demand for “One Rank One Pension” (OROP) is not justified in itself b ecause at the time of enrolment/commision the terms of service which exist at that time are accepted by the service personnel. The g overnment has been giving in any case a dearness allowance due to the hike in the cost of l iving to all as and when it becomes a pplicable.

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