Cabinet approves revision of pension for defence personnel under One Rank One Pension scheme


The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (December 23) approved revision of pension of Armed Forces Pensioners/family pensioners under One Rank One Pension (OROP) w.e.f. July 1, 2019.

“Pension of the past pensioners would be re-fixed on the basis of average of minimum and maximum pension of Defence Forces retirees of calendar year 2018 in the same rank with the same length of service,” an official statement read.


The Armed Forces Personnel retired up to June 30, 2019 {excluding pre-mature (PMR) retired w.e.f. July 1, 2014} will be covered under this revision.

More than 25.13 lakh (including over 4.52 lakh new beneficiaries) Armed Forces Pensioners/family pensioners will be benefitted from this decision.

Pension for those drawing above the average shall be protected.The benefit would also be extended to family pensioners, including war widows anddisabled pensioners.

Arrears will be paid in four half-yearly instalments. However, all the family pensioners, including those in receipt of Special/Liberalised Family Pension and Gallantry Award Winners, shall be paid arrears in one instalment.


The estimated annual expenditure for the implementation of the revision has been calculated as approx. Rs 8,450 crore 31% Dearness Relief (DR). Arrears w.e.f. July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021 have been calculated as over Rs 19,316 crore based on DR @ 17% for the period from July 01, 2019 to June 30, 2021 and 31% for the period from July 01, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Arrears w.e.f. July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022 have been calculated as appox. Rs 23,638 crore as per the applicable dearness relief. This expenditure is over and above the ongoing expenditure on account of OROP.


The Government took a historic decision to implement OROP for the Defence Forces Personnel/family pensioners and issued policy letter on November 7, 2015 for revision of pension w.e.f. July 01, 2014. In the said policy letter, it was mentioned that in future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years. Approx Rs 57,000 crore has been spent @ Rs 7,123 crore per year in eight years in the implementation of OROP.