GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-4359
Reduction in pension drawn by JWOs
4359 . Shri Chunibhai Kanjibhai Gohel
Shri T. Rathinavel
Smt. Vijila Sathyananth
Shri K. R. Arjunan
(a) whether pension to IAF veterans who retired prior to 2006 is being given as per last rank held by them irrespective of their length of service in that rank;
(b) whether after issuance of Circular No. 555 regarding OROP, pension drawn by some Junior Wireless Officers (JWOs) retired in 2003 had been reversed in rank of Sergeant resulting in reduction of pension; and
(c) if so, details thereof and steps being taken to remove such discrepancy, if any, and ensure that all such affected personnel are given pension as per their last rank held, as per Circular No.568 of PCDA / JCDA (AF), Subroto Park, New Delhi?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE
(a) No, Sir. Pension of pre-2006 retired Junior Commissioned Officers / Other Ranks (JCOs / ORs) have been assessed on the basis of rank continuously held for 10 months or more. However, protection of minimum of fitment table under 6th Pay Commission for the last rank held has been provided.
(b) & (c): A Junior Warrant Officer (JWO) who has not served for 10 months or more continuously in the rank is entitled to receive initial pension in the rank of Sergeant.
However, where the revised pension as on 01.07.2014 worked out in terms of OROP order, happens to be less than the existing pension as on 01.07.2014, the pension has not been revised to the disadvantage of the pensioner.
Further, the issue whether in the case of JCOs / ORs, the pension is to be paid on the basis of the last rank held instead of last rank pensioned under OROP was referred to the Judicial Committee on OROP. The Committee has submitted its report to the Ministry which is under examination.