The government has accepted recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary-led panel on “One Rank One Pension” and other related matters concerning the armed forces including Commissioned Officers, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.
"The decision is now nearer to the goal of One Rank One Pension demand of nearly 1.5 million personnel," Defence Minister A K Antony said during the Question Hour.
"Total financial implications on account of benefits to the personnel would be Rs 2,144 crore," the minister added.
"The Committee has recommended inclusion of Classification Allowance for the Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) from January one, 2006 and removal of linkage of full pensions with 33 years from the same date," he said.
The Committee also recommended revision of Lt. General pension after carrying out a separate pay scale for them, bringing parity between pension of pre and post October 10, 1997 for PBOR pensioners and further improving PBOR pensions based on award of Group of Ministers in 2006.
With regard to the separate pay commission, the minister said it has been agreed, and as and when necessary it will be set up in the future.
Antony said the government has also accepted the Committee's recommendations regarding raising the pension amount for those disabled or injured in war.
"After considering all aspects of the issue, the Committee made several recommendations to substantially improve pensionary benefits of Personnel below Officer Rank and Commissioned Officers, which have been accepted by the government," the minister added.