Friday, February 11, 2011

Supreme Court and AFT decisions delayed and muted by babus

Thursday, 10 February, 2011, 6:04 PM
I see a lot of disquiet amongst ESM that the Supreme Court and AFT decisions are not being acted upon by the Service HQ and MOD because, the Govt is not interested to solve the issues related to ESM and, the AFT has no powers to enforce its decisions. I had a discussion with the AGs Br yesterday and have learnt the following:
  • AFT and SC court orders are being implemented but due to procedural problems and the layers who have to deal with each case it is taking time to issue orders. Der Hai Par Andher Nahin!
  • The SC orders for the constitution of a committee with an ex SC Judge and two Gens is facing flak from MOD. They feel that the Committee should only look into the grievances of ESM and serving people's problems should be looked into separately. This means if they can suppress the serving personnel the ESM will automatically be denied their dues as they will be linked to the serving soldiers. Gens Malik and Oberoi may be able to throw more light on it.
  • The speech of the COAS at Bhiwani about grant of OROP only concerns JCOs and OR. The present goverment is not inclined to touch the officers case. (Possibly because it will affect the IAS and other Cl I services, who the government is obliged to protect because of the services rendered by them!)
    Lt Gen SK Bahri (Retd)
    1st JSW Course, Former MGO
  • Constitute Special Court for 2G Scam: Supreme Court

    Constitute special court for 2G scam: SC to govt
    New Delhi: Broadening the net, the Supreme Court today asked the CBI to bring under its scanner corporate houses which were beneficiaries of the 2G spectrum scam without being influenced by their status be it millionaires or whether they are on the Forbes list.

    Giving a free hand to the investigating agency and setting the contours of the probe, the Court asked the government to set up a special court exclusively to try the spectrum scam case.

    A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly asked the agency to lay its hand on the big corporate houses and the government officials who may have a role in the scam "as mere summoning them for examining them may not be sufficient".

    "We have a large number of persons who think themselves to be law. Law must catch them. It should be done with greater expedition. Merely they are in the list of Forbes or they are millionaires does not make any difference," the Bench said after perusing the status reports filed by the probe agencies in which names of big corporates houses and their officers were mentioned.
    Read More: Constitute special court for 2G scam: SC to govt

    Status ISRO Spectrum Scam
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday appointed a high power committee to review various aspects and fix responsibility for lapses in the controversial deal between Antrix Corporation, ISRO's commercial arm, and a private company for lease of scarce S-band spectrum.
    PM appoints comm to go into ISRO deal on S-band spectrum
    Comment: ISRO Scientists turn Scamsters- This swindle is perpetuated by babus at the highest level. The commission is only a smoke screen to blind the citizens. The CAG report is vital to elicit the magnitude of the SWINDLE.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Corps of Signals- TV Panel Discussion

    On the occasion of Centenary of Corps of Signals, “Day And Night News” TV Channel, Chandigarh, will telecast a discussion on Corps of Signals, as part of their program Defence Line. The details are as under:
  • Date and Timing
    12 Feb 2011 Saturday at 9-30 PM
    13 Feb 2011 Sunday at 1-30 PM
  • Participants
    Lt Gen Harbhajan Singh, PVSM (Retd) former SO-in-C
    Maj Gen Amarjit Singh Kahlon (Retd)
    Maj Gen Sudesh Kumar (Retd)
  • TV Channel Day and Night News, Chandigarh- Platforms:
    Dish TV- Channel 611
    Big TV- Channel 462
    Videocon- Channel 311
    BSNL- Channel 75
    Using a computer- Log on,‘’ and search for after 12-2-2011 “Defence line-12-2-2011.”
  • Duration: 30 minutes approx
    Harbhajan Singh
    Lt Gen
    Signal Officer-in-Chief and Senior Col Commandant 1988-91

    The Program can be seen on YouTube in two links below:
  • Part-1: Defence Line - 'Nerves' Of The Army - 12th Feb 2011
  • Part-2: Defence Line - 'Nerves' Of The Army - 12th Feb 2011
  • The Games Babus are playing with Indian Military Veterans

  • War Widow getting Rs70 a month as pension
  • The Armed Forces Tribunal throws up its hands
  • Supreme Court moots and Solicitor General mutes Redressal Commission for the Armed Forces

    This was expected. The formation of the Tribunal was just a momentary thrill for us `Faujis`. I had written in one of my earlier comments post the OROP issue by Barkha Dutt on NDTV, that the `Babus` must be laughing at the AFT `rulings`.
    That is exactly what they are doing & 'enjoying the last laugh too' at our expense. Did we really think that things would change - laughable! The 'Babus' will not let go their turf so easily. The `netas` for them are 'dispensable & disposable'. They don`t bother about JPCs/Commissions of Inquiry/Supreme Court rulings/etc, will they bother about AFT Recommendations?
    Even the proposed AFGRC will meet the same fate. The only solution is what is happening in Tunisia/ Yemen/ Egypt. A small beginning was made on 30 Jan `11 at Ram Lila Grounds as part of a `Fight Against Corruption`. We must all join this movement as the IESM has done & strengthen it.
    Brig SS Jaswal, Veteran Madras Sapper,
    IESM, Panchkula.

    The soldiers, including veterans, can trust these people in government only at their own peril. Moily keeps on harping about reducing court cases by reducing govt litigation and then goes on with appeal after appeal in the case of remuneration of service people including veterans. Even the rank pay due to armed forces officers since 1986 has not been paid till date. These days government has not only become synonymous with corruption but also with treason! It appears that soldiers are sacrificing their lives to sustain thugs, scoundrels and traitors in offices of authority in this country.
    Maj PM Ravindran (Retd)

    I could not file my response, but am copying it from the site. May I request you to please post it on NDTV if you have the facility? You may do this on your behalf/ mine, as deemed fit. Thanks. Click link

    If the Government was concerned, they would have done the enhancement of the widow's pension on their own and not after nudging by the Supreme Court... sigh, and then the Govt speaks of 'judicial overreach'. As for 'regard' for the service community, the lesser said the better. Ministry of Defence is ONE ministry where the novice arm chair theoreticians control and pretend to 'look after' the team of seasoned experts. Lacking knowledge and empathy, working with them is like 'sleeping with the enemy'... Its easier to fight Pakis, than our own mandarins. What is for the soldiers good, is not decided by one who IS or HAS BEEN a soldier, but by one who far from having any understanding whatsoever of the ethos of the profession of arms, instead has a hostile sibling rivalry to the Defence services. Pay and Pension issues are decided in isolation, creating more anomalies each time some are sent for removal, forcing the beleaguered defence community to go to court for 'judicial rescue', but instead of accepting the verdict of the court, even after painfully slow battles, the Government chooses to not implement court orders.
    Let us not call it Politico failings. The Bureaucratic mischief is largely responsible for misleading the Legislative. Political parties may change but the Bureaucracy has the larger part in this misdemeanour. Like in EVERY other field, here too they have failed India.
    Col RP Chaturvedi (Retd)
  • Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    ISRO has more Scamsters than Scientists?

    DD News: Is ISRO terminating contract with Devas on spectrum?
    The ISRO has announced that it has already initiated the process to terminate the deal with Devas Multimedia and claimed there was no financial loss to the government on account of this.
    However, ISRO chief K Radhakrishnan admitted that details about the 2005 contract under which Devas, floated by a former ISRO official, was to receive rights to 90 percent usage of transponders on two satellites, were not shared with the Space Commission or the Union Cabinet.
    "One point that was not explicitly mentioned (to the Union Cabinet) was that GSAT 6 and GSAT 6A satellites are going to be predominantly used for this novel and commercial application that Antrix had entered into with M/s Devas," he said in New Delhi on Tuesday.
    In the wake of media reports that the deal between Devas and Antrix, commercial arm of ISRO, could cause a loss of over Rs two lakh crore, the ISRO chief held a press conference to clarify that neither spectrum nor transponders or satellites were given to Devas or Antrix so far. "The question of revenue loss incurred does not arise," said Radhakrishnan, who was accompanied by former ISRO chief and Member, Planning Commission K Kasturirangan. He said the process of review of the contract was initiated in 8th December 2009 and soon "we are expecting it to complete it."
    "In December 2009, I instituted a committee with a former member of Space Commission for a comprehensive review of all matters," he said explaining the genesis of the process of review.
    To a question whether the Prime Minister was aware of the deal, he said the contract is finalised by the Antrix Board and he had taken up the matter to the Space Commission. "After the decision, I broached the matter with the Prime Minister, who is our Minister incharge and that is how the PMO conveyed a press note on the issue today," he said. At this point Kasturirangan interjected to point out that the review process was proof of the robustness of the decision making system. Radhakrishnan said no time was wasted and there was no dilly-dallying.
    "We have come to taking a decision but the review process is very complex and that is what we are going through because we have to ensure that the government does not incur loss or suffer damage".
    Explaining the review process, Radhakrishnan said the contract was reviewed from all angles and it was felt that the Space Commission. The Law Ministry was also being consulted on the termination process.
    To a question whether ISRO officials were aware of the fact Devas was to get a predominant share of transponders on GSAT 6 and GSAT 6A, he said it was an internal matter and necessary action will be taken. He said some of the members of the Antrix Board may have been aware of the Devas connection. Asked why there was no competitive bidding for the deal, Radhakrishnan said this was a case of new service in 2003 and there was nobody there having such technology. Kasturirangan said the new technology was developed by Devas as part of an international consortium which comprised the best among peers. "As of now, we have the contract. It has not been terminated. The process to terminate is on. The decision to terminated was taken in July 2010. We are in the process of doing it," Radhakrishnan said.
    The decision to terminate the contract was taken as the spectrum was required for national strategic purpose. It has been done in the interest of the government and the public, he said. (DD-8.2)
    ISRO terminating contract with Devas on spectrum

    SBI and Indian Army sign MoU for Customized Salary Packages

    29 January 2011
    The State Bank of India and the Indian Army have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for offering a customized salary package to army personnel across India. The deal was signed at a formal function at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi today.
    The MOU was signed by Diwakar Gupta, Deputy Managing Director & Group Executive (National Banking Group) representing SBI and Lieutenant General V K Chaturvedi, AVSM, SM, Director General, Manpower Planning and Personnel Services for the Indian Army.
    Under the package army personnel will, among other things, get a unique lifelong account number which can be retained even on transfer or after retirement to draw pension. The bank also offers under the MOU, free Anywhere Banking and free additional ATM cards even for single account holders so that even family members can transact with the same bank account through ATMs when personnel are stationed away from home.
    The package also offers automatic sweep to Multi Option Deposits that ensure higher yield on the salary savings as also free Personal Accident Insurance. Also offered are free drafts, free cheque books and free transfer of funds.
    The SBI is also offering under a unique and innovative initiative, training facilities to defense personnel in learning centers in the bank. The concept called ''Educate a Thousand, Empower a Million'' would equip army personnel with knowledge on banking, investment opportunities and also impart ''hands on'' training for alternate banking channels like internet banking.
    The bank in various tie ups with manufacturing majors like HCL Infosystems, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Tata Motors etc will offer attractive schemes with sizeable discounts, free foreign trips and free maintenance warranties. All these would be available with loans at attractive interest rates.
    Other initiatives under the package include installation of Point of Sale machines at CSD Canteens. These can be accessed free of cost. New ATMs, multi function kiosks and branches to suit the needs of army personnel in the remotest places would also be set up.
    Thank you
    With regards,
    Col JC Narula (Retd)
    SBI signs MoU with Indian Army for offering customized salary packages

    Exodus from Gujarat and Punjab: Illegal immigration and human smuggling

    Los Angeles Times, February 06, 2011|By Richard Marosi and Andrew Becker
    Surge of immigrants from India baffles border officials in Texas
    Thousands from India have entered Texas illegally from Mexico in the last year. Most are Sikhs who claim religious persecution at home.

    Reporting from Harlingen, Texas — Thousands of immigrants from India have crossed into the United States illegally at the southern tip of Texas in the last year, part of a mysterious and rapidly growing human-smuggling pipeline that is backing up court dockets, filling detention centers and triggering investigations.

    The immigrants, mostly young men from poor villages, say they are fleeing religious and political persecution. More than 1,600 Indians have been caught since the influx began here early last year, while an undetermined number, perhaps thousands, are believed to have sneaked through undetected, according to U.S. border authorities.

    Hundreds have been released on their own recognizance or after posting bond. They catch buses or go to local Indian-run motels before flying north for the final leg of their months-long journeys.

    "It was long … dangerous, very dangerous," said one young man wearing a turban outside the bus station in the Rio Grande Valley town of Harlingen.

    The Indian migration in some ways mirrors the journeys of previous waves of immigrants from far-flung places, such as China and Brazil, who have illegally crossed the U.S. border here. But the suddenness and still-undetermined cause of the Indian migration baffles many border authorities and judges.

    The trend has caught the attention of anti-terrorism officials because of the pipeline's efficiency in delivering to America's doorstep large numbers of people from a troubled region. Authorities interview the immigrants, most of whom arrive with no documents, to ensure that people from neighboring Pakistan or Middle Eastern countries are not slipping through.

    There is no evidence that terrorists are using the smuggling pipeline, FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials said.

    The influx shows signs of accelerating: About 650 Indians were arrested in southern Texas in the last three months of 2010 alone. Indians are now the largest group of immigrants other than Latin Americans being caught at the Southwest border.

    The migration is the "most significant" human-smuggling trend being tracked by U.S. authorities, said Kumar Kibble, deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. In 2009, the Border Patrol arrested only 99 Indians along the entire Southwest border.

    It's a dramatic increase," Kibble said. "We do want to monitor these pipelines and shut them down because it is a vulnerability. They could either knowingly or unknowingly smuggle people into the U.S. that pose a national security threat."

    Most of the immigrants say they are from the Punjab or Gujarat states. They are largely Sikhs who say they face religious persecution, or members of the Bharatiya Janata Party who say they are targeted for beatings by members of the National Congress Party.
    Surge of immigrants from India baffles border officials in Texas: click here to read more
    Comment: The reasons are simple- Villagers are duped by scamsters who are generally Political criminals- India graduating to a Banana Republic which has hastened grinding poverty and farmers committing suicide- Truly the nation is on the path to FAKE democracy!

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Supreme Court moots and Solicitor General mutes Redressal Commission for the Armed Forces

    War widow was getting Rs 70 a month as pension- NDTV
    Press Trust of India, Updated: February 07, 2011 21:18 IST
    New Delhi: The Centre today told the Supreme Court that the monthly pension of a 90-year old war widow has been enhanced to Rs. 18,000 from a pittance Rs. 70 and a proper mechanism is being evolved to address the grievances of ex-service personnel at their "doorsteps".
    The widow Pushpavanthi, through counsel Ramesh Haritas, had earlier complained that she was getting Rs. 70 as family pension on behalf of her late husband Major Dharam Chand who died in 1967 at the age of 42.
    Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium told a bench of justices Markandeya Katju and B S Chauhan that the government was fully concerned with the welfare of the armed forces and greatly valued their contribution to the nation.
    The counsel said the government had enhanced Pushpavanthi's pension to Rs. 18,000 after she moved the apex court.
    He told the bench that there was no need at the moment for setting up any separate commission to address the problems of ex-servicemen as the defence department has separate welfare wings at the district level to tackle the grievances.
    The court had earlier mooted the idea of a separate commission to deal with the service-related problems of army personnel both serving and retired as courts were flooded with such complaints.
    The Solicitor General said the government was in the process of formulating a suitable mechanism to ensure that the grievances of the ex-servicemen are addressed at their doorsteps instead of compelling them to visit the headquarters
    for the same.
    War widow was getting Rs 70 a month as pension- NDTV

    Sunday, February 6, 2011

    Citizens fight against corruption

    - Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy The Hindu- Against corruption
    Members of various Opposition parties stage a demonstration to condemn price rise and the spectrum scam in Udhagamandalam on Saturday

    5-point agenda to fight corruption in India
    Mr Verappa Moily, Union Law Minister has said that the Centre is working on a five-point agenda against corruption.

    Addressing a seminar on Election Reforms in Chandigarh , he said that a group of ministers is working to curb the corruption. He said that elections are the origin of corruption which ultimately pollutes the whole system. So, there is a need to make elections an impartial process.

    Mr Verappa Moily, Union Law Minister has said that the Centre is working on a five-point agenda against corruption.

    Addressing a seminar on Election Reforms in Chandigarh , he said that a group of ministers is working to curb the corruption. He said that elections are the origin of corruption which ultimately pollutes the whole system. So, there is a need to make elections an impartial process.(air)
    Against corruption

    Will India go the Egypt way to remedy family based dynastic rule which in reality is Fake Democracy and Criminalisation of Indian Citizens?
    The government is hiding behind alibis on inflation and behind legal and administrative constraints on corruption. The UPA government has its back to the wall, though it is putting on a brave face. But this may not be enough to beat back the rising tide of discontent and anger in the country...
    UPA-2 faces inflation, corruption nightmares: click here to read more

    Corps of Signals Centenary Celebrations- Chandimandir

    Chief Signal Officer HQ Western Command and Signals Officers in Station organised cocktails in the evening of 05 Dec 2010 to celebrate Corps of Signals Anniversary and Centenary. The Army Commander and senior officers of Command HQ and Signals veterans in the Tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula attended.

    The function was very well organised and hospitality superb. Lt Gen Surjit Singh Brar, the senior most Veteran cut the Centenary cake along with the youngest serving officer Capt Himanshu.

    Some photographs taken on the occasion are as abor.
    Harbhajan Singh
    Lt Gen (Retd)
    Former SO-in-C and Senior Colonel Commandant

    One-rank one-pension under consideration

    TNN, Feb 6, 2011, 07.24am IST
    BHIWANI/CHANDIGARH: The Chief of the Army Staff ( COAS), General VK Singh, has informed that the demand of one rank for one pension (OROP) for officers is under serious consideration. He added that the OROP for other ranks has been almost accepted. General Singh was in his hometown Bhiwani in Haryana on Saturday to attend the 'Army Mela' organized by the South-Western command. He also informed that the army authorities have chalked out a proposal for the restructuring of the force and to bring more transparency in it. On the Adarsh scam, the General assured that enough steps have been taken by the army to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future.

    The two-day mela was organized at Bhim Stadium, Bhiwani under the theme, "Indian Army - Nation First Always and Every Time."

    Speaking on the occasion, Gen Singh said that the Army has declared the year 2011 as the 'Year of the Disabled Soldier'.

    A large number of initiatives have been launched for the well being of those army men who have suffered disablities including allotment of Rs 1 crore for upgradation of infrastructure, rehabilitation and training of quadriplegic and paraplegic patients, financial assistance of Rs 25,000 for widows of army men for higher education, one time financial assistance of Rs 20,000 to those who have suffered amputations for modification of their bathroom, education grant of Rs 400 per month per child for a maximum of two children for those who suffered fatal injuries and demise grant for the next of kin of retired JCOs & OR has been enhanced from Rs 3,000 per individual to Rs 5,000 per individual with effect from January 15 this year.

    General Singh, who hails from Bhiwani informed that a large number of directions have been issued towards improvement of facilities for soldiers of Bhiwani including relocation of unit run canteen and a new building for ECHS (Ex-servicemen contributory health scheme).

    Bhiwani district alone has about 35,000 Gaurav Senanis, a sizeable strength of 'Veer Naries' and 25,000 serving officers, JCOs and other ranks in the Indian Army.

    The Rajya Sainik board and the pension liaison cell, Allahabad too had set up their awareness stalls to redress the grievances of retired soldiers. Haryana chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present on the occasion and thanked the army for organizing such big event in the state.
    Read more: 'One-rank one-pension under consideration' - The Times of India One-rank one-pension under consideration

    The Armed Forces Tribunal throws up its hands

    Please read the below trail mail. (Regarding The Hindu news of 02 Feb 11)
    So, what does one do? Earlier in Nov 2010, Justice Mathur of the Principal Bench AFT, Delhi (de-facto boss of all AFTs) had said at a seminar that of 4000 cases filed by veterans since the inception of AFTs a year ago, in 3600 cases judgements issued have been favourable to the veterans and against the Govt but, sadly, the Govt has not acted upon even one of the judgements. He had felt that the AFTs would serve no purpose unless it is given more teeth - power to get its judgements implemented. It is a sad story, every way.
    Brig VA Subramanyam (Retd)

    The Hindu 02 Feb, 2011 New Delhi by J. Venkatesan
    New Delhi: The Armed Forces Tribunal, New Delhi, has expressed its anguish over lack of powers to get its orders executed. Many a time it has found itself helpless as its orders are not being implemented by authorities, said the Tribunal.In a brief order, the Tribunal, comprising Chairperson Justice A.K. Mathur and M.L. Naidu, said it had issued notice to all authorities including the Defence Secretary but to no avail. “The orders are at the mercy of the authorities; if they wish, they can execute and if they do not wish, they may not. This is a serious thing which has already been taken up with the government, but without any result.” No provision in Act

    The Tribunal said: “We feel that we are handicapped because we do not have powers to issue civil contempt to get the orders of the Tribunal executed. It is sad that the power of civil contempt has not been given in the Armed Forces Tribunal Act. It may be an error or omission or may be deliberate… We feel helpless in the matters.”The only power to prosecute a person for criminal contempt had been given under Section 19.

    “It is a very strange state of affairs and we are sorry to say that we cannot help the petitioner [in this case in which the order passed on January 25, 2010 has not been implemented so far].”

    The Tribunal had ordered the Army to reinstate Fayaz Khan, after quashing a summary court martial that dismissed him from service as a religious teacher in 25 Rajput Regiment on charges of having links with Islamic terror groups.

    Pointing out that the lack of civil contempt power was greatly hampering its functioning, the Tribunal said a recommendation had been sent to the government for making an amendment in the Act. The Tribunal granted leave to the petitioner to approach the Supreme Court, which could give proper directions to make it functional and effective.
    Armed Forces Tribunal throws up its hands

    Maj Navdeep Singh clarifies...
    AFT has powers of contempt and can take coercive action in case of non-implementation of its orders: Kerala High Court

    The term "PBOR" being removed from Military Writing

    Dear Friends,
    Jai Hind.
    Today at Signals Vatika, New Delhi, during the Centenary Celebrations of Corps of Signals, Brig Lakshman Singh, Signals Veteran, introduced me to a serving General Officer from Army HQ, who confirmed that Army HQ has issued a letter ordering discontinuation the use of the word “PBOR”.
    The General Officer has very kindly agreed to forward the scanned copy of the Army HQ letter on Monday, 7th Feb 2011 to Brig Lakshman Singh. As soon as the letter is received I will circulate it to you all.
    Well done IESM. Congratulations.
    Vande Matram
    In service of Indian Military Veterans
    Chander Kamboj.

    English to Hindi translation
    प्रिय दोस्तों,
    जय हिन्द.
    संकेत वाटिका, नई दिल्ली सिग्नल कोर, ब्रिगेडियर लक्ष्मण सिंह, सिग्नल वयोवृद्ध के शताब्दी समारोह के दौरान, पर आज मुझे सेना मुख्यालय से एक सेवारत जनरल आफिसर ने पुष्टि की कि सेना मुख्यालय एक विच्छेदन आदेश पत्र जारी किया है करने के लिए शुरू की का उपयोग करें शब्द "PBOR".
    जनरल आफिसर बहुत कृपया के लिए उत्सुक सोमवार को, 7 फ़रवरी 11 ब्रिगेडियर लक्ष्मण सिंह को सेना मुख्यालय पत्र की प्रति स्कैन सहमत हो गया है. जैसे ही मैं यह पत्र आप सभी को प्रसारित करेगा प्राप्त होता है.
    खैर IESM किया. बधाई हो.
    वंद Matram
    भारतीय सैन्य दिग्गजों की सेवा में
    Kamboj Chander


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