Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Government has given its nod to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen.
It was announced by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar in New Delhi.
Facts about One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme
- OROP will provide ex-servicemen of same rank and same length of service uniform pension regardless of date of retirement.
- The benefit will be given with effect from 1st of July 2014 and it will benefit all three services- Army, Navy and Air Force.
- Pension will be re-fixed every five years and future enhancements in rates of pension would be automatically passed to the past pensioners.
- Armed forces personnel who retire voluntarily would be not covered under OROP scheme. However, it will be applicable to personnel who have already retired prematurely.
- All arrears will be paid in four half-yearly installments and all widows will be paid arrears in one installment.
- Estimated cost to implement OROP scheme would be around 8000 crore rupees to 10,000 crore rupees at present and it will increase further in future.
Union Government also has decided to constitute one member Judicial Committee for examination of interests of retirees of different periods and different ranks. The Committee will also cover inter-service issues of the three forces and submit its report in six months.
Delhi High Court in its landmark judgment has allowed women to get permanent commission in Indian Navy and allowed them to board on warships.
The ruling was given by a Division Bench of Delhi HC headed by Justice Kailash Gambhir on the writ petition moved by a group of women naval officers both retired and serving.
The HC also ruled that, henceforth female naval officers will have full term service in the Indian Navy and also enjoy retirement benefits same as their male counterparts.
Presently, Indian Army and Air Force allow permanent commission for female officers. While, Indian Navy has limited the role of women officers serving in short service commission of 14 years.
In case of Navy, female officers are only allowed to serve in the administrative, medical and education branches. They are also working as observers, to monitor censors on aircrafts.
Implications: It will eliminate the gender discrimination and ensure the rights of women officers in Indian Navy similar to their counterpart in other forces. To follow up the ruling of Delhi High Court, Indian Navy now has to review its rules banning women on warships.
Note: Women in Indian army and the Air Force were allowed permanent commission by the Delhi High court in its ruling of 2010.