Sunday, August 8, 2010

IESM: March for Justice Jantar Mantar 22 Aug 2010

Dear Friends,
1. The gross injustice, apathy negative attitude and indifference of the Govt and the bureaucracy have crossed all levels of tolerance and acceptance. There are two options, one, to accept the status quo, live the life as it unfolds and melt away. The second option is to get up and fight for Justice. As a soldier, the have learnt to follow the second option.
2. I wish to quote a few instances of Govt apathy and injustices:-
  • All Party parliamentary Committee is supposed to be one of the most powerful committee. This committee headed by a congress MP Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj while tabling its report in the Parliament on 07 May 2010 had recommended the grant of OROP to the Defence Personnel. Three months have passed, the Govt has not taken the decision on this recommendation. Why the Govt has kept this committee report under the carpet is not understood? This was the chance before the Govt to undo the damage already inflicted on Defence Forces.
  • The Govt has not implemented any of the judgements recently passed favouring the Defence Personnel:
    i. SC judgement in Rank Pay case. Instead of accepting its fault and implementing the judgement, it has appealed to the SC to recall its orders.
    ii. In the case of pre 96 Maj Gens (Maj Gen Vains Vs Union of India), the Govt continues to ignore the implementation of judgement fully. Instead of giving the same pensions to similarly placed pre 96 Maj Gen as per Para 31 of the SC judgement, it has fixed arbitrarily the pension of pre 96 Maj Gen by increasing it by Rs 500 pm ie Rs 10000/-instead of Rs 11450 being given to similarly placed post 96 Maj Gens.
    iii. In the case of Pre 2006 Maj Gen, the Govt has not implemented the judgement of AFT Chandigarh dated 03 Mar 2010 where in the Govt was to implement the judgement within 3 months. The execution proceedings have been filed by the Maj Gens and the hearing is on the 10 Aug 2010.
    iv. In the case of Babu Ram Dhiman and Sohan Singh Vs Union of India, AFT Chandigarh judgement on OROP dated 08 Mar 2010 which was to be implemented within 4 months, has not been implemented.
  • The widows of JCOs and Jawans who need the maximum assistance, care and compassion have been left out from the recent enhancement in pension of JCOs and Jawans. Here, also instead of giving the enhancement with effect from 01 Jan 2006, it has been sanctioned with effect from 01 Jul 2009.
  • The 6th Pay Commission had granted three Assured Career Progressions (ACP). Strangely the ACP has not been applied notionally while fixing the pensions of Pre 01 Jan 2006 retirees. Even for Post 01 Jan 2006 retiree defence personnel, only two ACPs have been granted. Why the third has not been granted to a Sepoy who has been compulsorily retired from service after 17 years of service?
  • There is a large gap of Rs 11600 in pension of pre 2006 retiree Maj and Lt Col while the gap in their pay in the 5th Pay Commission was only Rs 1000/-. Similarly the pension gap between pre 2006 retiree Maj Gen and Lt Gen is Rs 9800/- while the difference in their pay prior to 2006 was only Rs 1200. Why this grave injustice?
  • The President has not granted the audience to the delegation of IESM depositing medals with the President.
    3. The Govt indifferent attitude has irked the veterans severely who have decided to intensify the stir. The next event for deposit of medals and submission of Blood Signed Memorandum to the Supreme Commander will be held on 22 Aug 2010 at Jantar Mantar New Delhi from 11 AM to 2 PM. IESM delegation will leave for Rashtrapati Bhawan at 2.15 PM to deposit the medals and memorandum at 3 PM to the President. Chairman IESM Gen Raj Kadyan has written to the President:
    “It is earnestly hoped that the Supreme Commander would relent and receive the delegation in person. However, should that unfortunately not happen, as already intimated vide ibid letter dated 08 June 2010, the delegation would return without depositing the medals and the memorandum”
    4. All conveners are requested to put in their best effort to motivate the ESM across the country to deposit their medals and sign/ thumb impression the memorandum in Blood voluntarily for the above event. We hope that in the country specially the Northern States where large number of ESM reside are able to reach the target of 5000 Blood Signatures and medals each district. These can either be sent to IESM HQ at 543 Sector 23 Gurgaon or brought to Jantar Mantar on 22 Aug 2010 by 11 AM. Conveners are requested to get maximum ESM at Jantar Mantar. Part payment of transport charges will be made from the IESM funds, Tea, water and lunch packets are being arranged for the ESM attending the event.
    5. Logistic Instructions for the event will be issued by the General Secretary separately.
    6. We are also, putting efforts to get support from all segments of society including all political parties, MPs, MLAs, CMs.
    7. Please circulate these contents to maximum ESM across the country.
    “To struggle for the Just Cause is the right of every person. Let us together join in the efforts to get Justice to the Defence Forces”.
    With Regards,
    Jai Hind
    Yours Sincerely,
    Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
    Vice Chairman Indian ESM Movement

    Dear Friends,
    A Door Darshan Programme on issues of Ex Servicemen Titled. “Defence Watch” will be telecast at 10.30PM Today i.e. 08 Aug 10 at “DD News”. The programme will be repeated at 3.30 PM as Wednesday 11Aug 10.
    This programme has Gen Ashok Mehta as the anchor with Air Marshal Roy (ECHS expert), Brig Gulia (President IESL) and self as participants.
    You are requested to watch the programme. Pass on the info to as many ESM as possible.
    With Regards,
    Jai Hind
    Yours Sincerely,
    Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
    Vice Chairman Indian ESM Movement
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