Wednesday, August 12, 2009

IESM: Chairman's Desk- Pension queries

Date: Tuesday, 11 August, 2009, 11:02 PM
Dear Colleagues,
Calls continue to be received from ESM from across the country with anxious queries. A Havildar calls, “sir I retired in 1993 after …years of service. Can you please tell me how much pension will I get now?” Another ESM in early Eighties speaks feebly and wants to know when we would get the balance of arrears. One can almost feel his thoughts, ‘Will I live to get it?’ And the government– the government of the people and for the people, continues to remain tight- lipped.
Best regards,
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM

ECHS Referral procedure NCR

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7:59 PM
A major hurdle in the referral procedure for NCR veterans has been removed. The letter below issued by the MD ECHS is self explanatory. In a nut shell:
Firstly. Patients in NCR can be referred directly to any empanelled hospital in the NCR.
Secondly. However delhi patients will continue to be routed to empanelled hospitals if required via base hosp and RR to ensure full utilisation of RR and base hosp facilities.
Thirdly. Hindan patients will be routed to empanelled hosps thru 11 AFH to ensure full utilisation of 11 AFH facilities.
Fourthly. Cases for Jt Replacement will be referred to Army Hospital (R&R) for evaluation in all cases to ensure full utisation of RR facilities.
Fifthly. An echs cell is being created in RR and base hosp with an MO to permit telephonic appts etc.
Sixthly. If a patient desires he will be referred to RR/ base hosp.
Seventhly. Effective from 1 sep 2009.
Brig Sateesh Kuthiala (Retd)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

CNN IBN Programme Citizen’s Journalist on 15-16 Aug 2009

Dear Friends,
1. CNN IBN is doing a programme on 15 Aug 09 on Defence Forces. The title of the programme is “Citizen’s Journalist”. The programme is anchored by our Veteran Col Anil Kaul as his contribution towards the Ex Servicemen Movement (IESM). The programme will be telecast at 9.30 PM on 15 Aug 09 and again at 5.30 PM on 16 Aug 2009.
2. You are requested to pass on this information to others.
With Kind Regards,
Jai Hind
Yours Sincerely,
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Vice Chairman Indian ESM Movement

Madras High Court upholds DGR Instructions related to Security Agencies

10 Aug 2009
High Court of Madras upholds the DGR Instructions for a security agency sponsor for two years to continue even if there is restriction for one year. Awards cost of Rs 5000/- for flouting DGR Instructions.

On WP No 5091/2009 order dated 22-7-2009 the High Court of Madras has held DGR Instructions Para 20 superior to the Departmental restrictions in WP No 5091 of 2009 & MP Nos 1 and 2 of 2009:
Dated 20-7-2009
Coram: Hon'ble Ms Justice K Suguna
Colonel K Malaiappan (Retd), Proprietor Malli Security and Detective Services Chennai vs AAI Chennai and 3 others
Extracts of the order:
Para 5 of this order “....Apart from this, this has been announced for the welfare of the Ex Servicemen who had been discharged from defence. Even in the case of Ex servicemen, the welfare policy has been violated to the prejudice of the Ex Servicemen which is a very sorry state of affairs.”
Para 7. Yet another stand taken by the respondent (AAI) is that when list was called for from Directorate General Resettlement, the petitioner's name is not sponsored. When already the petitioner 's name has been sponsored for two years, the question of again sponsoring the petitioner's name now for the same period does not arise at all. For the aforementioned reasons, the writ Petition is allowed with cost of Rs 5,000/-. Consequently, connected Miscellaneous Petitions are closed.
(WP orders on DGR Sponsored Security Agencies WP No 1793 of 2004, WP No 21788 0f 2008. Both argued by Colonel K Malaiappan as Party in Person.)
Colonel K Malaiappan (Retd)
Related reading
Texco not DGR sponsored
DGR spells out its welfare role for PBORs

IESM: Chairman's Desk

Date: Monday, 10 August, 2009, 10:59 PM
Dear Colleagues,
Opening of the welfare cells by the IESM has been well received by the environment. There are a number of problems, particularly Pension related, that continue to be received. There seems an inordinate and inexplicable delay on the part of the government in issuing orders on enhanced pensions.
Best regards,
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM

Monday, August 10, 2009

IAS Officers in Hospitality Scam: Can they be trusted ever to deliver?

Press Trust of India, Monday August 10, 2009, Lucknow
Three IAS and 16 officers of Uttar Pradesh government were on Monday suspended for their alleged involvement in allocation of plots in Noida for construction of five star hotels causing a loss of over Rs 4,700 crore to the state exchequer, even as the UP government said that an enquiry into the matter is on.

The suspension was ordered by Chief Minister Mayawati, who also directed that FIRs be lodged against them and legal proceedings initiated.

"The Chief Minister also directed to probe the delay in taking action against these officers and present a report to her," senior officials said.

In 2006, the Noida Authority had allotted 14 plots to hotels at the rate of Rs 7,400 per square meter much lower than the market rate of Rs 1.69 lakh per sq mt causing loss of Rs 4,721.14 crore to the state exchequer, they said.

The officers suspended included former Chairman Noida Authority Rakesh Bahadur, former CEO of the Authority Rajiv Saran and ACEO Ravindra Nayak - all IAS officers, official sources said in Lucknow.

The then Divisional Commissioner, Meerut, Devdutt, a retired IAS officer, will face legal proceedings in connection with the scam, they said.
UP plot scam

Armoured Corps Officer becomes "King" of Wireless

Lt Col HS Bedi (Retd), VSM joined the Indian Army, following his three generation old family tradition of serving the nation in the Army and was commissioned in the 72 Armored regiment. A National Defence Academy pass out, Lt Col Bedi developed management qualities during his tenure in the army. He got an opportunity to learn computers in the Army's Faculty of Computer Technology at MCTE, Mhow. After the completion of his training, Lt Col Bedi was appointed as an instructor in the faculty. As part of the student projects, Lt Col Bedi got an opportunity to interact with the industry thought leaders and at the same time propose solutions to them. He was thereafter called upon to develop a large number of technology solutions for the then Chief of the Army Staff, General K Sundarji and various Army Headquarters Directorates. After his initial success in the field, Lt Col Bedi was posted to the Army Headquarters to coordinate the Army's Automation plan.

Lt Col HS Bedi was awarded the `Vishisht Seva Medal' (VSM) by the President of India for his role in the computerization of the Indian Army.

After serving in the Indian Army for 22 years, Lt Col Bedi recognized his entrepreneurial skills in the field of Information Technology and decided to leave the Indian Army to start his own company. He took over the business of Tulip as its Director. His leadership and vision has enabled the company not only to constantly grow into more profitable business segments but also to attain the leadership position in every segment that it has functioned in.

Under his guidance, Tulip Telecom Services has established itself as one of the strongest network connectivity players in the industry. Tulip has achieved enviable success in a short span and has experienced exponential growth with a turnover of Rs 1242.14 Crores (USD 310.73 Million) for the FY 2008 and employee strength of over 2100. The company has been successful in creating immense value for all its stake holders.

Often addressed as the ‘King of Wireless', it is Lt Col.Bedi's foresight that envisaged the beginning of a new era in connectivity. Today, Lt Col HS Bedi, is a well-recognized business leader in the IT and telecom industry and has vast experience in this field.

Mission Statement of Tulip Telecom Limited
  • To become the largest data connectivity provider in India.
  • Provide end to end managed data services to include Data Connectivity, equipment and managed network services to meet all data connectivity requirements of customers.
  • Be the trusted advisor of the customers for all their data connectivity/ networking needs.
  • Grow the business rapidly while maintaining the highest quality of service.
  • Lead the market with innovation and adaptability.
  • Impact the rural economy by providing connectivity right upto to the last village.
    Corporate Citizenship
    Tulip strives to be an intellectual and social asset of the community and environment.
    Corporate Governance
    Tulip takes pride in its Corporate Governance and strives to continuously improve its processes in order to ensure a seamless and transparently functioning organization that creates immense value for all its stakeholders.
  • IESM: Chairman's Desk- ESM get a short shrift again

    Date: Sunday, 9 August, 2009, 11:06 PM
    Dear Colleagues,
    The Steering Committee met for three hours today to review, among others, IESM plans for future. The decision favours continuance of the struggle for OROP, in deference to the wishes of vast majority of ESM.
    Yet another rally has meanwhile been scheduled for 16 Aug in southern Haryana.
    In pursuance of the IESM agenda of taking a holistic view of ESM welfare, we have created the following two issue-specific cells to deal with the current problems:
    1. Pension Cell – headed by Admiral Barin Ghose who carries vast experience of pay/pension related matters. He is a member of the IESM Steering committee.
    2. ECHS Cell-
  • Headed by Air Marshal (Dr) Kuldeep Rai. He is an experienced veteran associated with healthcare services for more than five decades.
  • Brig Sateesh Kuthiala. A veteran with great acumen in management. Has been working independently for enhancement in ECHS services. Recently participated in an ECHS seminar in Chandimandir and circulated an extremely informative report through ‘Report My Signal’.
  • Col RP Chaturvedi. IESM Coordinator.

    Reproduced click me is the article mentioned in 08 Aug sitrep, that I sent to various papers a few days ago. Hari Bhoomi that is widely read in the Hindi heartland has confirmed that they would be carrying it.
    Best regards,
    Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
    Chairman IESM
    Related article:
    No one rank one pension
  • IESM: Pension Parity- Responses from Readers

    Date: Saturday, 8 August, 2009, 11:48 PM
    Dear Brig Kamboj,
    When I reviewed list of defence pensioners drawing pension at bank of Maharashtra, Shankarshet Road Branch,Pune. I came across two widows, Mrs Sushila Bhagwat, w/o late Lt Col S Y Bhagwat(MR-00511) and Mrs Leela P Rege, w/o late Lt Col P Rege,Vr C ,Dogra Regt who were being given pension as per Vth Pay Commission. Mrs Bhagwat is born on 13 Mar 1920 and Mrs Rege is born on 8 Jan 1925. Mrs Bhagwat has not moved out of her house for last few years and was drawing pension as given through her maid. I visited both ladies and got all details necessary for revision of pension.After my interaction with the Branch manager and later with BOM HO that my worksheets were accepted and both have received not only arrears but revised pension including additional pension due to their advanced age.I have completed similar exercise at 4 branches of BOM and in few cases at SBI, Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank.This is my contribution to vetarans and colleagues.
    As per my information SBI has formed Central Pension Processing Cell(CPPC)at Navi Mumbai covering Maharashtra, Gujrat and Goa states and they have huge cases to be dealt with.I have managed to establish contact with Chief Manager, CPPC, and cleared few cases.SBI had outsourced this job and could not achieve the result.
    This is for your information.
    Gp Capt SS Phatak (Retd)

    Date: Sunday, 9 August, 2009, 9:51 PM
    Dear Friends ,
    The all India Radio will now re-broadcast programme on ESM Helpline at 9 PM (2100 hrs) IST at FM 103.1 MHz on Monday (10 Aug) and NOT in the morning as intimated earlier. You may like to inform other friends also
    With Warm Regards,
    Brig Harwant Singh (Retd)

    To: Gen Satish Kumar Bahri
    Date: Saturday, 8 August, 2009, 10:22 PM
    Dear General,
    1. It was indeed so very heartening to read & learn that the efforts of "Consensus cum Unity" are proceeding along so very successfully & am sure that each ESM's heart is yearning for the day when total UNITY will be achieved. Also that every ESM silently sends U all his very best wishes.

    2. There was an article in the TOI of 07 Aug which I thought would be of relevence to us while preparing the paper to the Govt. The heading is "Govt okays pay hike for IIT,IIM staff". In the text it says"The Govardhan Mehta Pay Review Committee had suggested the pay scale of assistant professors in these institutions will be in the pay band of Rs 15,600-39,100 with academic grade pay of Rs 8,000/-. While the committee recommended the salary of Associate Professor in the band of 37,400-67,000 with Academic Grade Pay of 10,000/-, the pay for Professors was suggested as Rs 37,400/- - 67,000/- with AGP of 11,000/-".

    3. The above pattern is also followed for IAS & IPS, about the latter I am sure but for the former it can be cross checked(Dirs & Jt Secy vis-a-vis DGP & IGP). The counter to our points will be that the pattern is being followed for all Services hence its applicability to the Defence Services & MSP is being given in addition taking into account the special conditions of service. However, the facet of SAI /NAI/AFAI will need to be highlighted for reasoning that the pay band of PB4 should not be applied for 4 ranks, Lt Cols to Maj Gens. Am sure Gen Radhakrishnan must have considered this point too while debating the overall issue of the OROP, but thought would mention it having come accross it y'day.
    Wishing the "Consensus Committee" all the very best in its efforts.
    With Regards,
    Col Inderjit Kashyap (Retd)

    Date: Sunday, 9 August, 2009, 6:43 PM
    Dear Friends & Sirs,
    1. Last year, we compromised with Politicians (Def Min) that our OROP will be accepted if IESM/ we do not press on for other 3 demands, for the time being. Govt promised & announced it too, but gradually fading away from OROP too. God knows, where 2140 crores are going, now??

    2. We have noticed that Govt is basically complying with Court's orders mainly (ie 1997 PBOR & Maj Gen's cases) and providing some relief (OTI) to pre 1997 Jawans only. Which comes to fulfilling less than 10% of our/ IESM demand. Govt may keep on bargaining & keep testing our metal time to time.

    3. Therefore, we should not now reduce our 28 demands & press on for 4 basic demands imdly like:
    a. OROP for all, (PBORs & Offrs) and not leave scope for Govt to devide & rule.
    b. Job up to 60 yrs of age or 85% Pension of last pay drawn. OR Side stepping to Govt Civil jobs only (not to para mil Forces) as misguided by Bureaucrats
    c. ESM Commission with statutory powers, so that we can fight for justice like minority communities, with dignity & gracefully.
    d. ESM rep in all decision making bodies, like: from Panchayat to Parliament.

    4. Public & most ESM like Maj Jallo (of Mohali- see Tribune letters dt 9/8/09) feel that Govt have heaped colossal monetary benefits to ESM. To clear the doubts and project the true and correct picture, I have prepared a small poster, which may help us, as under:
    One Rank One Pension or JOKE? OTI for some
    a. Jawan's Pension after 10 Yrs is stepped up from Rs 3700 to 5500/- ie Rs 1800 only. Jawans are still unskilled workers, hence get lower wagwes in spite of 24 Hrs, tough duty & risks and no resettlement?
    b. NCOs (Nk & Hav) are not class 4 employees, hence they deserve to be put in PB-2, like Civ.
    c. Sepoy to Major (99% forces) are not benefitted at all by 6th CPC (of Civ), hence we need imdt formation of Separate Pay Commn for & of Def Forces to settle out 107 existing anomalies. Civ are ignorant of rank structure???
    d. Sub Maj (Hony Capt) JCO & Offr Capt are getting the same Pension ie Rs 13850 for Offrs & JCOs. AHQ civ staff replies, that its no anomaly??
    e. Lt Col get Pension Rs 25700, Col 26050, Brig 26150 and Maj Gen get 26700 (Lt Col to Maj Gen are closed up in just Rs 1000. Where as Lt Gen gets Rs 36500, ie a gap of 10,000+??
    f. Too much gap also exists between Pensions of Major (Rs 14100) to Lt col, ie 11,600 and between Maj Gen & Lt Gen. It happens in India only!
    g. ESM Commission with statutory powers is also needed imdtly, because Civ Babus often turn down our most legitimate points/ demands.
    h. There is no ESM Rep in decision making bodies & our voice reaches nowhere.

    All ESM, Org/ NGOs are requested to join IESM Seminar in Delhi (NOIDA) Sector 37, on 30/8/09. Please contact for more details & to coord move. Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement is born to Struggle for Justice to ESM Community.
    Col SS Sohi (Retd)

    Sunday, August 9, 2009

    India's bumbling bureaucrats

    Anand Soondas Thursday June 04, 2009
    Why are we not surprised that India's "suffocating bureaucracy" has been named the worst and least efficient in the whole continent, behind even gnarled Vietnam, Communism-eaten China and bulbous Indonesia in a survey by 1,274 expats working across 12 north and south Asian nations.

    Oh, the economies under consideration didn’t include Nepal, but I wonder if our famed IAS honchos would have beaten their counterparts in that bedeviled country where a secretary-level officer gets about Rs 14,000 per month!

    Why have things come to such a pass? And will it ever change? Let’s begin with the first question. Passing a grueling exam where lakhs of bright young men and women apply, and in which an astounding 10,000 are just cleared for the mains, after which it’s down to less than a thousand who make it to the final list, these people should have been in cracking form, with wit and administrative acumen to match. How do they fail then? Especially because they most certainly are amongst the top brains chosen to help run a country of a billion, clearing a test many claim to be one of the toughest in the world.

    In one sentence: They are MADE to fail– by the clichéd but all-important SYSTEM. Which is not to say there haven't been shining examples of honest, upright men and women who have beaten the system and survived to tell tales of hard battles fought over decades.
    Read more:
    India's bumbling bureaucrats & what ails them
    India’s ‘suffocating bureaucracy’ worst in Asia: Survey

    Are the defence bureaucrats misleading the Indian government and people?

    During the budget presentation, Pranab Mukherjee's statements seemed to indicate that the Armed forces demand of One Rank, One Pension has been resolved. However Maj Gen (retired) Satbir Singh, the vice-chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Association, said to the Calcutta Telegraph (here) “This is not an acceptance of our demand for one rank one pension,”. So while the politicians and bureaucrats have convinced themselves that the issue of low morale in the armed forces has been resolved, our sources in the Armed forces say that neither has it been resolved nor are the relevant issues being addressed.

    Separately, the Defence Minister A.K. Antony claimed that the armed forces are short of 15,000 staff. But the reality is that we have the third largest army in the world and the only battle we have seen in the last 10 years is in Kargil where a few thousand men were deployed. Globally there is a trend towards reduction in the number of personnel while using technology to increase the effectiveness of each soldier. This is thus an issue of a flawed long term strategy and also deploying of the army for issues that local bodies (police, CRPF etc) should be deployed. 8ak sources say that the shortage of staff at the levels like Lt Col is due to excessive promotions which have bloated the upper echelons of the forces. Read here

    India Today said that the armed forces were unhappy that the French National day was given more importance than the anniversary of Kargil where our bravest men laid down their lives against an unprovoked Pakistani attack. Read it here.
    Are the defence bureaucrats misleading the Indian government and people?

    ECHS: Teething problems being weaned

    05 Jul 2009
    A few steps that are being taken or have been taken by the ECHS to improve the service provided to Veterans need to be promulgated for the information of all.

    The salary of all employees contracted in Polyclinics has been increased by up to 50 %. This includes OIC Polyclinic, Drs etc. This will result in employment of better personnel and should also reduce the incidence of employees leaving for greener pastures.

    The earlier restriction on referring NCR veterans to empanelled hospitals in Delhi has been removed. Veterans in Noida for e.g. can now be referred to any other empanelled hospital within the NCR and vice versa. If this problem is being faced by veterans in other stations please do press the issue with the MD Echs through your Polyclinic or write directly to– HQ ECHS at– mdecshs at

    The earlier proposal to shift the Noida polyclinic to Sec 52 has been shelved. The proposal now being actively considered is to shift the AWHO office and the MI Room for serving personnel to some other area, or to have a small section separately for serving personnel within the enlarged ECHS polyclinic. During my interaction with The Dy MD ECHS I had stated that shifting the MI room would not be fair to the serving personnel and should not be attempted. In fact I had stated that at no time should veterans ever be provided facilities at the expense of our colleagues in Service. Shifting the AWHO office was the obvious answer.

    As earlier mentioned Veterans can now go to the following hospitals of repute in Delhi viz Gangaram, Apollo and Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital Rohini AFTER TAKING PRIOR Sanction from the ECHS. They will have to clear the hospital bills of these hospitals at normal hospital rates directly and will only be reimbursed ECHS rates.

    A major problem being faced by Veterans in nearly all stations is of issue of medicines for three months in case of chronic ailments. The MD ECHS had very sensibly directed all polyclinics to issue three months medicine in such cases to cut out the unnecessary inconvenience of monthly visits specially where polyclinics are located at inconvenient distances. The DGMS Army has however overruled this decision resulting in utter confusion at most stations. He basically has two reasons. Firstly, problem of bulk procurement and secondly on the ground of medical ethics wherein he feels that a patients condition needs to be reviewed every month before the treatment is continued. On both counts he is wrong. There will be no need for bulk procurement since it is unimaginable that 100 percent of the chronic patients will suddenly land up in hordes to draw their three months entitlement. Even in the normal course the three months drawl will be spread out to nearly three months. A simple statistical check or a queuing plan would illustrate this. Secondly, I can state from personal knowledge that my cardiologist at Escorts ALWAYS asks me to continue my treatment and report to him for a review after six months. FINALLY whenever I go to draw my monthly quota of medicines for my chronic ailments, which are HEART, BLOOD PRESSURE AND PROSTATE I get the prescription from a Gynaecologist, which is given to me thankfully without a review. WILL SOME MEDICO VETERAN WHO READS THIS PLEASE SPEAK TO THE MEDICAL TOP BRASS AND SUGGEST TO THEM THAT THEY WILL ALL BE JOINING OUR FRATERNITY IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE.
    Brig SC Kuthiala (Retd)

    Allied World War Veterans Will Receive Veterans Allowance

    On June, 2009, the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, introduced changes to the War Veterans Allowance Act, extending to low-income Allied Veterans and their family members. With this new legislation, we are giving Allied World War Veterans more choices, more options, and more hope of living out their lives with respect, comfort, dignity and honour, the Minister added.

    Under this legislation, low-income Allied War Veterans of the World War I, the World War II and the Korean War who have lived in Canada for at least 10 years, and continue to do so will have access to War Veterans Allowance and associated assistance and health benefits.

    An Allied Veteran is a Veteran who served with the forces of any nation including India, allied with Canada during the First World War and the Second World War. The eligibility has also been extended to include those who fought for Allied Forces in the Korean War.

    To qualify for these benefits, these low-income Allied Veterans must:
    * have served with Allied Forces in the First World War, the Second World War or Korean War
    * have lived in Canada for at least 10 years; OR lived in Canada prior to enlisting;
    * live in Canada now.

    Programs under this amended legislation would include:
  • War Veterans Allowance - Guaranteed monthly income to meet basic needs.
  • Assistance Fund- Financial assistance in times of emergency that affect health and/or safety.
  • Funeral and Burial- Financial Assistance to ensure a dignified funeral and burial for Veterans.
  • Treatment Benefits- Coverage ranging from hearing aids to prescription drugs to dental and vision care.
  • Veterans Independence Program- A home care program that includes care services, access to nutritious meals, housekeeping, grounds maintenance and other services.
  • Long-Term Care- Care in a facility for those who are no longer able to stay at home.
  • Family members may receive the War Veterans Allowance and the Assistance Fund, and survivors may receive housekeeping and ground maintenance to help them remain in their own houses.

    Like all Veterans Affairs programs, eligibility for these programs is based on a variety of factors, including location and duration of military service, income and the nature and extent of health conditions. Implementation is expected in January 2010.

    Once finalized, eligible Allied Veterans and family members may receive payment for benefits back to October 14. 2008. “We need to extend these benefits as soon as possible,” added Minister Thompson. How to apply:
    * Call 1-866-522-2122 (English) 1-866-522-2022 (French).
    * Have your service record information on hand.
    * You will be mailed an application as soon as possible.
    * More information is available on -line at
    Lieut Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal World War II Veteran
    Founder President Indian Ex-Servicemen Society British Columbia, Canada

    Date: Saturday, 8 August, 2009, 6:02 PM
    I came across a 93 year old WW II veteran in dire state.He took part in the Burma Campaign as a signaller,spent nearly a year and a half in Japanese jails as a POW. On repatriation after the war ,he was retrenched without any pensionary benifits.I notice thro' your blog that Govt of Canada has come out with a scheme of honoring their WW II veterans.Do we have any scheme like that? Can somebody suggest a door where he can knock to derive some financial benifit that would sustain him thro' the fag end of his very meaningful life.His name is sgmn Narayanan Nair.Please oblige.
    Lt Col Rajan Mannil (Retd)
  • आ‌र्म्ड फोर्सेस ट्रिब्यूनल का उद्घाटन

    JAGRAN– HINDI DAILY, Aug 08, 06:44 pm
    नई दिल्ली। राष्ट्रपति प्रतिभा पाटिल ने शनिवार को थल सेना, नौसेना और वायु सेना के सदस्यों को उनकी सेवाओं से संबंधित न्याय दिलाने के लिए सशस्त्र बल पंचाट [आ‌र्म्ड फोर्सेस ट्रिब्यूनल] का उद्घाटन किया। बहुप्रतीक्षित पंचाट 15 लाख सैन्यकर्मियों और करीब 20 लाख से ज्यादा पूर्व सैनिकों की समस्याओं का समाधान करने के लिए न्यायिक फोरम है।
    राष्ट्रपति ने इस अवसर पर कहा कि पंचाट उनके आत्मविश्वास को बढ़ाएगा। पाटिल ने कहा कि एएफटी नियम, कायदे और काम करने के तरीके बना सकता है जो उसके मकसद को प्रभावी तरीके से पूरा करेगा।
    उद्घाटन समारोह के दौरान उन्होंने कहा, 'ट्रिब्यूनल की स्थापना करने वाला अधिनियम नागरिक प्रक्रिया संहिता से बंधा हुआ नहीं है और इसलिए इसकी प्रक्रियाओं में लचीलापन है।' पाटिल ने कहा कि एएफटी को मामलों को लंबित करने से बचना चाहिए क्योंकि इससे इसकी स्थापना का उद्देश्य ही खत्म हो जाएगा।
    पंचाट को नई तकनीकों का उपयोग करने की सलाह देते हुए राष्ट्रपति ने कहा, 'मामलों की सूची और उनकी सुनवाई की तारीख को आनलाइन रखा जाना चाहिए।' दिसंबर 2007 में संसद के एक अधिनियम के तहत स्थापित पंचाट 11 अगस्त से काम करना शुरू कर देगा।
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    OROP Status: Chairman's Desk

    Date: Saturday, 8 August, 2009, 10:27 PM
    Dear Colleagues,
    It is after a gap that I am initiating the sitrep. My computer crash and frequent evening power shutdowns in Gurgaon have contributed to the problem. My apologies to all those who telephonically complained on the subject.
    Some of the emails betray a degree of frustration at the seeming lack of action by the IESM of late. The appetite for action is indeed admirable. However, it needs to be known the current pause is deliberate. After the President included OROP in her address on 4 June 2009, it was only logical that we await the final word from the government; it has still not come.
    The pause has been fruitfully utilised.
    1. We met the Defence Minister on 19 June. He advised that since the subject is being handled by the RRM Shri Pallam Raju, we should keep in touch with the latter. Apart from writing to him, we sought a meeting with Pallam Raju. He has not responded for over three weeks and it is safe to assume that he is not keen to meet us possibly because he has no answers to some of the questions that he knows we would raise.
    2. Our request for a meeting with the president has been pending for some two weeks. Telephonic enquiries reveal that no decision has yet been taken.
    3. A meeting was held with the BJP President and on our urging a question on OROP was raised in the Parliament that was replied by the Defence Minister.
    4. A meeting with a group of MsP of different affiliations should hopefully materialize in the last week of August.
    5. Apart from regular telephonic contact with ESM across the country, rallies have been addressed in Haryana on 28 Jul and 5 Aug. Next rally is planned for 23 Aug 2009.
    It is heartening to note that there is an overwhelming response from the ESM that we should continue with the struggle in case the government gives anything less than full OROP. An article of mine on OROP was published in The Tribune: click me and Hari Bhoomi in last week of July. Another one with a focus on the Cabinet Secretary's Committee report has been sent to the Press a few days ago.
    Best regards,
    Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
    Chairman IESM

    One rank, one pension
    I read Lt-Gen Raj Kadyan’s article, “Why not go in for one rank, one pension?” (July 4). This demand is a classic example of a case badly handled by our representatives and the government. Why are we being misled into believing that this demand is still hanging fire? Hasn’t it been partially met and implemented as part of the Fifth Pay Commission vide GOI, Ministry of Defence letter dated June 7, 1999 removing the disparity in pension between pre-and post-96 retirees holding the same rank, but for a small anomaly? Isn’t it time for one rank, one pension?

    The anomaly is that those having served in a particular rank for a longer duration have not been given the due benefit for the annual increments earned by them in that rank. Surely, it doesn’t amount to total non-acceptance of the demand.

    It is pointless to repeat the demand every now and then. Instead, we should thank the government for meeting a larger part of the demand and request for an early acceptance of the remaining portion which entails very little financial impact. A little reconciliation and change of tack will help.
    Wg-Cdr C.L. SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar
    Letter to Editor: Tribune


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