Thousands of Ex-servicemen got the arrears amount credited from PCDA in March 2023. Most of them are confused if this amount is full and final or it is an installment amount.
You must know about the recent development of OROP revision of pension of armed forces. On 4 Jan 2023, MoD published circular regarding implementation of OROP and on 20 Jan, a detailed table published by MoD. On the basis of them, Circular No 666 Published by PCDA which denotes the revised pension of all categories of personnel of Armed Forces retirees. You must check the table to know your increase in pension. Table No 7 & 8 is for JCOs OR service pension and Table No 93 is for their Disability pension (element).
In the instructions of PCDA of Circular 666 it was decided that the arrears will be pauid in 4 equal installment after 6 months each. But another circular No 667 published on 28 Feb 2023 consequent upon orders of Supreme Court to pay full arrears by 15 March 2023. IESM filed an MA to Supreme Court regarding payment of arrears of OROP at one go. The apex court accepted the prayer and released verdict accordingly on 27 Feb 2023. But it has been noticed that the Circular No 667 disappeared from the website of PCDA, magically on 2nd March 2023.
Thereafter, OROP arrears payment started and only 1st installment of arrears paid to lakhs of eligible defence pensioners
It has been noticed that if your increase in basic pension is Rs 1000, your arrears since July 2019 may be approximately Rs 70,000/- in total and your 1st installment may be approximately 17K only.
However, you may check your pension slip or corrigendum PPO in SPARSH to make sure that your pension has been revised under OROP and actual revised pension amount also may be confirmed from there.
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