Wednesday, November 3, 2010

OROP under suspended animation?

Bureaucrats will deploy delaying tactics: A committee to tire out the ESM
Dear Colleagues,
In about a week’s time the government (govt) is to get the final chance to argue before the Supreme Court its case related to rank pay. In the last hearing the govt had been cornered with the SC asking the govt even to constitute a separate pay commission for the defence forces right now, without waiting for the formal VII Pay Commission, to resolve all anomalies of pay and pensions.
When in a tight spot, the govt is known to obfuscate the issue and buy time. A favourite stratagem is to constitute a committee and give it a long timeline of a few years. This is usually done in the hope inter alia of tiring the protestors out. Though the current court mood seems against giving any wriggle room to the govt, one has to keep one’s mind open. Even if the whole scenario is a mere surmise, having brought the OROP issue thus far we must guard against any temptation to accept such a ploy. There have been numerous committees already convened in the past. Some of these had strongly recommended OROP but to no avail. Yet another committee is unlikely to break any fresh ground. It is time for the govt to do something concrete rather than keep dithering.

Wishing all veterans and their families a happy Diwali.

Best regards,
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM

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