Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Majors reduced to Minors- MOD and AHQ silent on AFT Judgement

Dear Gurpreet,
My name is Sqn Ldr H Srinivasan (Retd) from Bangalore. I retired after 20 years of service in 1983.
I am taking the liberty of addressing you by your first name, even if i have not met you personally. It is the spirit of the letter, conveying the deep bonding for the Majors and equivalents you have drafted regarding the plight of majors, that has prompted me to take the liberty of addressing you so. Hope you dont mind.
It was a with a sense of deep appreciation that i went through the representations you have forwarded to various dignitaries. Being familiar with the contents and being in the same category, undergoing the mental trauma you and so many of us similarly placed are going through i endorse your feelings fully... Your representation is loaded with facts, justification, logical appeal and emotion. I am sure you would have put in considerable time and effort, and i want to thank you for your help in the common cause you have taken up.
In February this year, i had sent a representation to Mr.Rajiv Chandrasekhar, M.P., who is the son of an illustrious veteran, Air Commodore Chandrasekhar. Mr Rajiv Chandrasekhar is very sympathetic to our cause and has openly taken up our case with the higher authorities, in print and in visual media.
I dont know if any of the elite star officers have taken up our case. Except for one or two references, i have not seen any in the Indian veterans or Military veterans group regarding our plight. Well, each man is for himself. I for one have attended fasting rally, and group protests held in Bangalore with the group, dutifully, for OROP.
I am hopeful that our case will come through successfully. My only submission is that we all speak in one voice, and keep knocking at as many doors as possible.
I request your permission to forward a copy of your representation to Mr. Rajiv Chandrashekar M.P., if you feel so.
A copy of my earlier submission to him is pasted below.
With warm regards

Dear Sri Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Member of the Parliament)
"The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people,
But because of the silence of good people!"

This famous quote seems so apt to the state of affairs of the country, and the disappointing silence of the "good people" at the top in the Government. A number of us veterans feel so, with the cold response to our genuine grievances.
I seek your permission to highlight the plight of about 900 veterans. They are majors and equivalent ranks who are pre 1996 retirees. All of them, have served for 20 years or more with distinction. With the deep selection policy in vogue in the 1980s, and non availability of "vacancies" a number of officers (Majors and equivalents) opted out for early retirement.
Most of the affected veterans, now in their late 60s and early 70s, have sent out a number of appeals seeking justice for their grievances in anomalies of pension. Recently, AFT Chandigarh, gave a land mark judgment in favour of the affected veterans. Still there has been no response from the authorities for implementation. With the passage of time, a number of affected old veterans are laid to rest, and within a short period, they may be extinct.
We gratefully acknowledge your efforts in support for the cause of the veterans. May we kindly approach you to take up the case on our behalf with the Government, an act for which we shall be grateful to you.
One of us, Veteran Major GN Misra has sent appeals to the Supreme commander of the Armed forces,Her excellency, the president of india, the Prime Minister, and and all the concerned high officials explaining the details of our grievance. I am attaching a copy of the same for your kind perusal and all of us hope that you will use your good offices to help us.
Thanking you Sir,

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