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Implementation of One Rank One Pension – PCDA Clarification

Amendment to PCDA Circular No.555 dated 04.02.2016 – clarification regarding implementation of OROP issued by PCDA

In order to address various procedural difficulty in the implementation of One Rank One Pension to Defence Pensioners PCDA has issued Ciruclar No. 557.  This circular also amends maximum term of engagement for JCOs/ORs

One Rank One Pension - Clarification issued by PCDA on implementation

Circular No. 557

Dated: 17.03.2016



Subject:  Implementation  of  ‘One  Rank  One  Pension’  pensioners.

Reference: This office circular No 555 dated 04.02.2016.


A comprehensive list of maximum term of engagement for JCOs/ORs was enclosed as Appendix-X to this office Circular No. 555 dated 4.2.2016 has been slightly amended as under:-





Naik (Regular Army)

1.6.1953 to 30.11.1976
1.12.1976 to 29.5.1998
30.5.1998 till date

22 years
24 years
26 years

20 years
22 years
24 years
Naik (DSC) 1.6.1953 to 30.11.1976

22 years

20 years
Hony captain (DSC) B  low Exceptions – 5.72.1972 to 31.12.19 2 5.02.1972 to 31.12.1972

2.        Similarly, slightly amended comprehensive list of equivalence of ranks in the three services of  Armed  Forces  is enclosed  as  Appendix  ‘Y’  to  this  Circular  which  would  substitute  the Appendix-‘Y’ of the Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016.

3.  PDAs have reported some difficulties on certain points while implementing the scheme of ‘OROP’. Necessary clarification in the matter is as under:-

Clarification required Clarification
1. In the absence of qualifying service, it would be extremely difficult to revise LFP/ SFP as per Circular No. 555? In case, any information regarding qualifying service, rank, group etc., is not available with PDAs, such cases may be referred to Pension Sanctioning Authorities concerned in the proforma  enclosed  as  Annexure-‘A’  to  the Govt. Letter No. (1)/2014/D (Pen/Policy)-Part-II dated 3rd  Feb, 2016. All PDAs are therefore, requested to send Annexure-A both in hard and soft copy by name to Shri Ram Ji Mishra, Sr. AO (Sangam Cell) on e-mail ID: cda-albd@nic.in.  Meanwhile, as an interim measure, if qualifying service is not available in case of family pension, minimum family pension rate payable for that particular rank and group w.e.f. 01.07.2014 (as per Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016) may be paid.
2. In  the  absence  of  Group/  Qualifying service,  revision  as  per  Circular  502 was  done by revising family pension for the lowest group in the start of the table. Now in the present OROP orders, the tables start from 0.5 yrs and therefore  cases where group/  Q.S.  is not available cannot be revised. If the group of the service pensioner is not available in the PPOs/ Corrigendum PPOs, pension of lowest group (i.e. for group Y for the time being) for that rank and qualifying service may be paid until receipt of clarification from the PSAs concerned.
3. It  is  not  clear  whether  the  LTA  is payable in one lump sum or 4 equal installments? Arrears on account of revision of pension and LTA from 1.7.2014 to 02.03.2016 shall be paid by the Pension Disbursing Agencies in four equal half-yearly instalments and not in lump- sum. However, all the family pensioners including  those  in  receipt  of  Special/ Liberalized Family Pension and all Gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment as per Para 17 of the Circular No.555 dated 04.02.2016.
4. PDAs   find   it   extremely   difficult   to identify HAG+ rank? The rank of Lt. Gen (HAG+) was introduced after 01.01.2006. Hence, rank of Lt. Gen (HAG+)  is  found  only  in  Post-01.01.2006 cases. In such cases, pay scale for that rank i.e. Rs. 75500-80000 is mentioned in the PPO. For Pre-2006 cases, pension of HAG will be payable to retired Lt. Generals, unless retired in the rank of Army Commander or equivalent. Same applies to equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy.
5. Tables 97-101 give the revised pension payable  in  respect  of  Pre-01.06.1953 and State Forces pensioners. Whether family  pensioners  of  the  above category (particularly State Force pensioners) are entitled for OROP revision and if so at what rates? Rates  shown  in  Table  No.  97-101  attached with Circular No. 555 are for Pre-01.06.1953 retirees. These tables are showing Service Element/ Service Pension rates. Cases of Family/  Disability/  War  Injury  Pension  in  r/o Pre-01.06.1953 retirees shall be submitted to this office for revision through Corr PPO. The same applies to State Forces pensioners.
6. No  equivalence  has  been  prescribed for Cadets? The Cadets are granted monthly ex-gratia and same is treated differently from pension and therefore, cases of Cadets are regulated separately as per the existing provisions. Hence Circular No. 555 is not applicable in case of Cadets.
7. Annexure  E  to  F  to Circular  No.  500 dated 17.01.2013 gives the rates for revised   pension   payable   to   Pre-96 EC/SSC Officers  and to Post-96 EC/SSC Officers. It is common table irrespective of Pre or Post- 96 retirees. Whether pension shall be revised for Pre-96 EC/ SSC Officers as per Table 5 & 6 of Circular 555? As    per    Govt.    letter    No.    12(1)/2014/ D(Pen/Policy)    Part-II  dated  07.11.2015 “OROP implies that uniform pension to be paid to the Defence Forces Personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, regardless of their date of retirement.”

The pension of all past pensioners will be determined according to the above principle.

8. It  is  mentioned that  Corr  PPOs  have been issued admitting pension for the rank of Lt. Col. In respect of Major with 21 years Qualifying Service. Then how to revise the pension for Major (post 96 cases) with 21 years Qualifying Service? All  substantive  Majors  retired  on  or  after 1.1.1996 but before 01.01.2006, who had completed 21 years of commissioned service and were granted pay of Lt. Col. as per Para 5(a) (iii) and 5 (a) (iv) of Special Army Instruction 2/S/98. Such Majors have been allowed the benefit of revision of pension as per  rates of  Lt.  Col.  under  6th   CPC  on the authority of GoI, MoD Deptt. of Ex-Service Welfare letter No. 1(13)/2009/D(Pen/Policy) dated 24th sept 2012. In these cases, Corr PPO’s have been issued by concerned PSAs revising pension under 6th   CPC. Pension of such Majors may also be revised as per the table applicable to Lt. Col. However, in case of any doubt, the case may please be referred to PSAs concerned for clarification.
9. Whether PDAs are authorized to revise the pension to Subedar Major granted ACP I & ACP II for the rank of Hony Lt and Hony Captain? In case ACP is granted, pension of next higher rank will be admissible to the pensioner.   In case   of   Subedar   Major   who   got   ACP-I, pension may be revised for Hony. Lt. But it is not likely that ACP-II is granted to a Subedar Major, so if any case of Subedar Major with ACP-II comes into the knowledge, the same may be forwarded for clarification.
10. The  difference  between  Artificer  III-I and  Artificer  I,  II,  III  may  please  be explained. The  same  has  been  reflected  in  revised Annexure-Y attached with this Circular.
11. Orders were issued vide Circular 456 dated 18.03.2011 for broad banding of disability element whereby disability element sanctioned at rates lower than 50% was brought up to 50%. In cases where broad banding has been carried out, it is not beneficial to revise disability at rates lower than 50%. As such no revision has been effected in such   cases   and   current   rate   of disability element has been retained. It may be confirmed that this is in order. As  already  clarified  in  various  circulars issued  by  this  office,  the  Disability  Element shall be proportionately reduced for disability which is less than 100%.
Accordingly, in case of broad- banding of disability  element,  benefit  of  broad  banding may  be  granted  to  the  individual.  Further, Para-6    of    ibid   GoI,    MoD    letter    dated 03.02.2016 may be referred to wherein it is stated  that  if  the  revised  pension  as  on 01.07.2014 works out to less than the existing pension as on 01.07.2014 in terms of these orders, the pension shall not be revised to the disadvantage of the pensioner.
12. Whether Qualifying Service (Q.S.) is to
be taken as actual or with weightage?
In  Post-2006  retirees  cases,  weightage  had been withdrawn from Qualifying Service. Therefore, the qualifying service mentioned in OROP table is actual qualifying service only. No weightage in qualifying service is to be allowed at all while extending the benefit of OROP in past cases. For example, if actual Q.S. was ‘q’ years and weightage, if any, was ‘y’ years, the pension indicated in the concerned table for ‘q’ years only is to be paid to the pensioner.


Whether   the   amount   mentioned   in Column 22 of Table No. 7 is applicable to all category of pensioners? Column 22 of Table No. 7 is applicable to all NCs(E) of the three services i.e. Army, Navy & Air Force.

No. Gts/Tech/0167/XXII

Dated 17.03.2016


Asst. Controller (P)




Indian Commissioned Officer (ICOs)



Lieutenant Sub Lt. Plt. Offr./ Flg Offr.
Captain Lt. Flt. Lt.
Major Lt. Cdr. Sqn. Ldr.
Lt.Col.(TS) Cdr. (TS) Wg. Cdr. (TS)
Lt. Col. (S) Cdr. (S) Wg. Cdr. (S)
Colonel (TS) Captain(TS) Group Captain (TS)
Colonel Captain Group Captain
Brigadier Commodore Air Commodore
Major General Rear Admiral Air Vice Marshal
Lt. General Vice Admiral Air Marshal
Lt. General (HAG+) Vice Admiral (HAG+) Air Marshal (HAG+)
Lt. General (Army Cdr.) Vice Admiral (FOC-in- C) Air Marshal (AOC-in- C)
DGAFMS —————– ——————-
Vice Chief of Army Staff Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Chief of Air Staff
Chief of Army Staff Chief of Naval Staff Chief of Air Staff

Note: The rank of Lt. General (HAG+) and equivalent exists only in Post 2006 cases.





Sepoy AC/ LAC Seaman- I & II and equivalent
Naik/ L Dafadar Corporal Leading Seaman & equivalent
Havildar/ Dafadar Sergeant Petty Officer/Mech-IV/Artificer-IV



Nb Subedar/ Nb Risaldar/ Jamadar JWO CPO/ Chief Artificer / Chief Mech
Subedar/ Risaldar WO Master Chief Petty Officer- II
Master Chief Mech- II Master Chief Art- II
Sub Major MWO Master Chief Petty Officer – I
Master Chief Mech- I Master Chief Art- I
NCs(E) NCs(E), Tindal,
Head Tindal

Note: Recruits are equivalent to Sepoy (Lowest group)





Sub/Hony Lt

WO/Hony Fly. Officer MCPO-II/Sub Lt
Sub Maj/Hony Lt MWO/Hony Fly. Officer MCPO-I/Sub Lt
Sub/Hony Capt WO/Hony Flt. Lt. MCPO-II/Hony Lt
Sub Maj/Hony Capt. MWO/Hony Flt. Lt. MCPO-I/Hony Lt

Equivalent rank of three services of Armed Forces personnel has been given in Appendix Y (not as appendix Z as mention in above cited circular) and the same is slightly amended and uploaded to the website of this office.

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