Tuesday, August 31, 2010

IESM: OROP outstanding issue stirs the conscience of MsP

Respected Veteran Air Cmde MK Chandrasekhar,
Jai Hind & my salute to you.
1. At the very outset, I must thank Veteran Air Mshl Keith Lewis and Veteran Lt Col CR Sundar (of Jawan TV) for prompting me to talk to you on the subject.
2. Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s letter to the Hon’ble PM on the issue of OROP; and, consequent to recent revision of pay in respect of Members of Parliament, his decision to voluntarily forego the increased emoluments due to a MP, till such time OROP is granted, has been greatly appreciated by one & all Veterans; so much so, he is being looked upon as a MESSIAH.
3. Considering the fact that Rajeev Chandrasekhar has always extended his help, assistance & unstinted support to IESM in our crusade for Justice and grant of OROP, right from 27 Sep 2008, when he was very gracious to attend the first South Zone Military Veterans Meet at Bangalore; and ref our telecom on the subject, both yesterday and this morning, I wish to submit the following for your kind consideration:
(a) Rajeev Chandrasekhar may please be requested to endorse copies of his letter to the Hon’ble PM to:
(i) All Members of the Parliament (both Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha).
(ii) Governors of all States & Union Territories.
(iii) Chief Ministers of all States & Union Territories.
(b) Espouse grant of the following by way of an interview to all TV Channels at Delhi:
(i) ONE RANK ONE PENSION. In case the Govt. still has doubts regarding the genuineness of the demand, despite grant of OROP being recommended time & again by the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Defence; the grant of ONE RANK ONE PENSION be examined ‘de novo’ by setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), at the earliest. The simmering discontentment amongst the Ex-Servicemen can not be allowed to fester any longer, in the interest of well-being of the Nation
(ii) Payment of Rank Pay with effect from 1.1. 1986 as per ruling by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
(iii) Institution of an Ex-Servicemen Commission with a retired Chief of the Army / Navy /Air Force as the Chairman with Statutory Powers, on the lines of the Minorities Commission, the Womens Commission, etc.
(iv) Immediate convening of a Pay Commission for the Defence Services (as already agreed upon by the Govt.) to do justice to the Defence Services and to set right the anomalies in pay & standing (IZZAT) of Soldiers that have crept in over the years.
(c) Rajeev Chandrasekhar may please consider requesting the kind presence of the following senior Veterans, sympathetic to our cause, at the TV interview along with him:
(i) Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, Padma Vibhushan, PVSM, DFC.
(ii) Admiral Madhvendra Singh, PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, Former Chief of Naval Staff.
(iii) Admiral Arun Prakash, PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, Former Chief of Naval Staff.
(iv) Lt Gen SK Bahri, PVSM, AVSM,VSM, former MGO Indian Army.
(v) Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM. Email: , Address: Residing at Gurgaon.
4. If required, I shall be only too glad to be of assistance to Rajeev Chandrasekhar, by way of giving a small/ detailed write up on the aforementioned points to be discussed in the interview.
Col Rajan Veteran

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