A delegation of Indian Ex-Services League led by Brig Kartar Singh (Retd), President,Indian Ex-Services League comprising of following, met Chief of Army Staff on 24 Oct 2018
(a) Brig Kartar Singh – President Indian Ex-Services League.
(b) Lt Gen V Chaturvedi, PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)
(c) Vice Admiral Paras Nath, AVSM, VSM (Retd).
(d) AVM RP Mishra (Retd)
(e) Sub Maj Vijay Pal(Retd)
2. The following points discussed during the meeting:-
1. Revision of Reservist Pension. As per Para 155 of Pension Regulations for the Army – 1961 (Part I) an OR reservist who is not in receipt of a service pension may be granted, on completion of the prescribed combined colour and reserve qualifying service, of not less than 15 years, a reservist pension equal to 2/3rd of the lowest pension admissible to a sepoy. It is pertinent to mention here that as per the above, a reservist soldier is supposed to get 2/3rd of the lowest pension admissible to a sepoy and not the minimum pension. The lowest pension of a 15 years service sepoy is Rs 6665/- on grant of OROP, which, when further multiplied by 2.57 on implementation of 7th CPC works out to Rs 17129 as basic pension. As stated by the above said regulations, the minimum pension a reservist is supposed to get is equal to 2/3rd of the pension admissible to a sepoy. The 2/3rd of a sepoy pension works out to Rs 11419/- pm which should be admissible to a reservist sepoy. Presently, he is getting only Rs 9000/- pm.
2. One Man Judicial Committee on OROP. The Veterans of Tri-Services are very keen to know the One Man Judicial Committee Report. Therefore, it is requested that The One Man Judicial Committee Report be declassified as early as possible.
3. Higher MSP for JCOs. 7th CPC had recommended MSP at the rate of Rs 15,500/- for Officers and Rs 5200/- for JCOs and OR. However, since the JCOs are Group ‘B’ Gazetted Officers having considerable length of service and a separate Category of pay group, it is incorrect to grant them MSP at the same rate as ORs. Hence a higher rate of MSP @ Rs 10,500/- pm is recommended.
4. MSP for General Officers. It is also submitted that Officers of the rank of Maj Gen and above be granted MSP as these Officers have also gone through the same working conditions, terrain and weather condition and deprivation of fundamental rights.
4. The COAS gave a very patient hearing to the delegation and assured his best to do the needful
COAS has also agreed to visit IESL HQ and address our GC Meeting as per his convenience