Thursday, May 26, 2011

SCPC screws up Military Pensions

Dear veterans,
Pension Ex-Servicemen
1. We had taken up, a case with secretary Ex-Servicemen, Ministry of Defence that as per 6th Pay commission recommendation, that pension so fixed will be equivalent to 50% of the minimum pay of that particular rank, which is not implemented, instead it was fixed at the minimum of applicable pay band.
2. As a result of this, the pension fixed for:
(a) Capt at Rs 13,850/- for Rs 15350/-.
(b) Maj at Rs 14,100/- for Rs 18,205/-.
(c) Lt Col at Rs 25,700/- for Rs 26,265/-.
(d) Col at Rs 26,050/- for Rs 27,795/-.
(e) Brig at Rs 26,150/- for Rs 29,145/-.
4. Reply so received from Dy Dir AG/PS-5 is attached for your information.
5. I am always at your call.
With kind regards,
Jai Hind.
Dr TC Rao, Veteran
Ex-Servicemen Deptt, DPCC

Dear Dr TC Rao,
I am happy that at least some one like you belonging to the ruling party has shown courage to take up cudgels on behalf of the ESM community. Otherwise even Manish Tiwari who articulates party's view points so meticulously- has done virtually nothing to redeem his election promises on the OROP. I too had written on similar lines but was told that pension has been fixed at the lowest edge of the PB? These people have made total mockery of the Band.
There are some people in the ESM cell of your party who are making efforts to damage the cause of ESM welfare & instead of bridging the gap are bent upon widening the gulf. Not to speak of OROP- even legitimate dues arising out of fixing us lower by deducting rank pay during fourth CPC some quarter of century ago has been going in endless appeals- showing not only apathy but animosity. The least you can do is to revamp your party's ESM cell to realign it to the aspirations of the ESM's etc. Old soldiers coming on roads or one armed soldier fighting single handed fight for his pension only show all of us in poor light.
I am witness to the importance and place of pride given to Memorial Day in the US where I have come on a short visit these days. I wonder why we don't have similar national holiday to commemorate immense sacrifices made by our soldiers to keep our democracy alive in spite of foreign aggressions & internal disintegrating forces- be it 1947 J&K, 1962 shame, 1965 aggression, 1971 Bangla liberation, 1999 Kargil and of course fighting terrorists on the prowl on 24x7 basis.
Air Cmde Raghubir Singh (Retd)

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