Saturday, April 28, 2012
PENSION ANOMALY IN LOWER RANKS
RECTIFICATION OF ANOMALY IN PENSION FOR LOWER RANKS
(CDA CIRCULAR No.482)
It has been accepted that a junior rank getting higher pension than a senior rank is an anomaly. Similarly a junior rank and a senior rank getting the same pension is also an anomaly. Therefore the MOD’s policy of making same pension for both junior and senior ranks is not acceptable (Please CDA circular No.482) for rectifying the pension anomaly.
The MOD (The Defence Pension Policy maker) accept that the anomaly in the pension for the pre 01.01.2006 pensioners of the lower ranks (Sep, Naik and Hav.) is due to difference in weightage allowed. Therefore the right method to rectify the anomaly is to increase the weightage to higher ranks proportionately and fix the pension accordingly. Stepping up to the same pension of a junior rank is not the right solution.
The three junior ranks Sep, Naik and Hav and the equivalent in the other services are the worst sufferers. Even though they are more in number, because of their poor family background, economic status and lack of support from various welfare associations their genuine grievances are neglected by the government.
The other two ranks i.e. Naik and Hav. and equivalent ranks in the other services to be given 10 years weightae for pension, like Sepoys, only then the anomaly will be rectified.
Will the Government (MOD) reconsider this genuine demand ? Will the major ex-servicemen associations take up the matter with the MOD ?