This blog post is based on issues raised on this blog previously. There is a link at the end of this blog-post.
Even as the OROP Judicial Commission deliberates on unresolved anomalies of OROP, some views are already being expressed on how DESW should ensure the number of increments earned by pensioners at retirement are ascertained speedily so that pensions as per the 7 CPC matrix can be paid to older pensioners.
Some veterans have also contributed the wisdom that as finding the number of increments may be “problematic”, it may be better to just use the 2.57 multiplication factor for determining pensions of older pensioners.
A joint appeal needs to be made for the kind attention of these veterans, sincere and concerned though they must be towards interests of all ESM, for a tempering of their initiative and enthusiasm with a degree of rational study and consultation on these issues.
I had even tabulated in a previous blog-post how the “number of increments” applicable to older pensioners in just one rank could vary based on different considerations of parity. But either that has not been seen or it has not served its intended purpose.
In this blog post, it ought to be sufficient to just pose a couple of questions which all veterans need to ponder over:
- With the number of increments earned by me at the time of retirement in the old pay-scale, what would my pension be as per 7 CPC matrix and, in comparison, what would be the number of increments applicable to someone retiring with as much service as myself in 2016 and what would be his pension?
- If my older pension is multiplied by 2.57, what would it amount to and with how many increments and years of service would someone retiring in 2016 get that same amount of pension?
It may be prudent to approach the Govt to start calculating 7 CPC pensions based on “number of increments” only after we are aware of all such implications. Perhaps a better alternative could be to seek clarifications in this regard before pushing ahead with representations on asking DESW to get PPOs of all ESM endorsed with “number of increments”.
It may be a bit more rational to try and ascertain what would be the number of increments applicable to older pensioners. It would appear, it should be the number of increments nowadays earned by someone in the same rank with equal service, perhaps even someone with the same years of service in a higher time-bound rank e.g. older Maj retirees with more than 20 years of service having his number of increments considered as that of current (2016) Lt Col retiree with equal service.
Though the previous blog post was specifically for rank of Wg Cdr and equivalent, it could apply to all ranks amongst older pensioners. The effect on pensions of variation in number of increments is clearly illustrated depending on what consideration is applied while determining which set of number of increments will apply. Here is the link.