Bhopal, June 30 : An Indian Army veteran has approached United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Law Minister M Veerappa Moily regarding the Centre's filing an appeal against a Supreme Court judgement favouring military officers who had been denied benefit of Rank Pay.
"A committee of secretaries met to consider the judgement and within a week (a record of sorts) decided to appeal against it, as it was 'unviable'," Lieutenant-General (Retd) S K Bahri, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, wrote in a letter to Ms Gandhi. A copy was provided to UNI.
Can a fraud detected by the apex court be wished away due to its financial cost, the veteran asked while adding that in his earlier mail to Mr Moily he informed the Minister that the Centre's action is against Mr Moily's own statement that the Government should not be a persistent litigant.
''After your (Ms Gandhi's) assurance at Amritsar, inclusion in the Congress manifesto, declaration by the President (Pratibha Devisingh Patil) in her opening address to Parliament, the Finance Minister's statement in the Budget speech and proclamation by the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) from the ramparts of the Red Fort, One Rank One Pension remains a mirage,'' Lt-Gen Bahri pointed out. --UNI
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If armed forces personnel would have been in the habit of giving up in the face of all odds, then these babus would have been serving the Pakistani/ Chinese government and not the sovereign nation called India/ Bharat. And what to talk of politicians, less the better...
Keep on fauji, there is no runners up in the war.
The chief of bureaucracy is the Cabinet Secretary who alone recommends/ approves/ advises and dictates to his superiors & juniors respectively to initiate all anti- ex-servicemen actions/ measures whether in courts or elsewhere. Hence, he should be taken to task by Ex-Servicmen Movement (IESM)/ League (IESL) by resorting to the RTI Act. Prime Minister, Ministers and the President do not meet face to face with the delegations of ex-servicemen as they lack the moral courage and do not want to discuss issues which they already know in their heart of heart that the stand taken by ex-servicemen is right. At least, they are still left with this much of decency.
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