GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
QUESTION NO 833
ANSWERED ON 28.07.2015
Removing anomaly in pensions of ex servicemen
833 Shri D.P. Tripathi
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether it is a fact that there is no time targeted roadmap for removing anomaly in the pension being given to the various categories of ex-servicemen in the country, if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether Government has formulated “One Rank One Pension Scheme” to remove the anomaly in the pensions of the ex-servicemen;
(c) if so, the details thereof including the number of ex-servicemen to be benefited by the said scheme; and
(d) the mechanism put in place by Government to address the demands of ex-servicemen and to resolve their grievances expeditiously?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
RAO INDERJIT SINGH
(a) Removal of anomaly, if any, in the pension being given to the various categories of ex-servicemen is a continuous process. Such anomaly is redressed, as and when it comes to the notice of the Government.
(b) & (c): The policy of “One Rank One Pension” has been adopted by the Government to address the pension disparities. The modalities for implementation of OROP are under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.
(d) A Pension Grievance Cell exists in the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare. Grievances received by this Cell are examined and redressed in coordination with the agencies concerned in the matter. A system of holding Pension Adalat is in place to provide a credible forum for redressal of grievances of the defence pensioners. Officers concerned of every organisation involved remain present in the Adalats and the grievances are redressed on the spot. A computerized pension enquiry
project “Suvigya” has been developed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA). It is an online pension enquiry system which would enable the ex-servicemen to know their entitlements of pension. A pensioners’ grievance cell exists in the Office of Principal Controller of defence Accounts (Pension), Allahabad.