Friday, January 20, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2ND LT SS CHOUHAN (GCM DISMISSAL) :26 साल बाद सेकंड लेफ्टिनेंट का कोर्ट मार्शल रद्द, केंद्र और आर्मी चीफ पर 5 करोड़ जुर्माना :

Amit Tiwari | News18Hindi First published: January 20, 2017, 9:06 AM IST | Updated: January 20, 2017, 11:11 AM IST
26 साल बाद सेकंड लेफ्टिनेंट का कोर्ट मार्शल रद्द, केंद्र और आर्मी चीफ पर 5 करोड़ जुर्माना
गलत तरीके से कोर्ट मार्शल कर जेल भेजे जाने के एक मामले में एक सेकंड लेफ्टिनेंट को 26 साल बाद न्याय मिला. गुरुवार को आर्म्ड फोर्सेज ट्रिब्यूनल की लखनऊ बेंच ने सेकंड लेफ्टिनेंट शत्रुघ्न सिंह चौहान को न सिर्फ बेदाग़ माना बल्कि उन्हें नौकरी पर बहाल करने और प्रमोशन देने का भी आदेश दिया.

गलत तरीके से कोर्ट मार्शल कर जेल भेजे जाने के एक मामले में सेकंड लेफ्टिनेंट शत्रुघ्न सिंह चौहान को 26 साल बाद जाकर इंसाफ मिला है.  आर्म्ड फोर्सेज ट्रिब्यूनल की लखनऊ बेंच ने गुरुवार को सेकंड लेफ्टिनेंट शत्रुघ्न सिंह चौहान को न सिर्फ बेदाग माना, बल्कि उन्हें नौकरी पर बहाल करने और प्रमोशन देने का भी आदेश दिया.

ट्रिब्यूनल ने केंद्र सरकार और आर्मी चीफ पर 5 करोड़ का जुर्माना भी लगाया. इतना ही नहीं जुर्माने की रकम में से 4 करोड़ रुपए चौहान को मुआवजे के तौर पर देने का भी आदेश दिया है. जुर्माने की बची एक करोड़ की रकम को सेना के केंद्रीय कल्याण फंड में जमा कराने होंगे.

आर्म्ड फोर्सेज ट्रिब्यूनल के न्यायिक सदस्य जस्टिस देवी प्रसाद सिंह और प्रशासनिक सदस्य एयर मार्शल जस्टिस अनिल चोपड़ा की खंडपीठ ने यह आदेश सुनाया. दरअसल मैनपुरी निवासी शत्रुघ्न सिंह चौहान ने रक्षा मंत्रालय और सेना प्रमुख के खिलाफ आरोप लगाए थे.

सोने के बिस्किट के लालच में फंसाया

दरअसल, राजपूत रेजिमेंट के सेकंड लेफ्टिनेंट चौहान श्रीनगर में तैनात थे. 11 अप्रैल 1990 को बटमालू मस्जिद के लंगड़े इमाम के यहां से सोने के 147 बिस्किट बरामद हुए थे. कर्नल केआरएस पंवार और सीओ ने शत्रुघ्न सिंह चौहान पर दबाव बनाया कि वे बरामद सोने की बिस्किट को दस्तावेजों में न दिखाएं. इस मामले में बाकी अफसर भी चुप हो गए.

इसके बाद याची ने मामले को पार्लियामेंट्री कमेटी के पास भेजा. सेना मुख्यालय ने जांच करवाई और कोर्ट ऑफ़ इन्क्वायरी का आदेश दिया. इसके बाद 1991 में शुरू हुई कोर्ट मार्शल की कार्रवाई में चौहान को 7 साल की सजा सुनाई गई थी.

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OROP MUST BE AS PER KOSHIARI COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS : TIME THE UNITED INDIAN MILITARY VETERANS CONTINUE AGITATION WITH FAST UNTO DEATH FOR HONOUR

Updated on January 19, 2017 :Agitation by Veterans

General Satbir Singh
Maj General Satbir Singh




In India, the armed forces have the lowest priority. This is nothing new as this has been an ingrained culture in the ethos of the Indian political leadership right from the days of Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru emasculated the army, reduced its strength and weaponry and downgraded its status. Later his daughter Indira Gandhi reduced the pension of the Indian soldiers while upping the pension of the civil servants. This was in 1973 and that after the Indian armed forces had won a magnificent victory and created the state of Bangladesh in 1971. What a reward it was!
The defense Minister Mohan Parrikar
The Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar
The veterans have been agitating for the last 42 years but the movement only picked up after General Satbir Singh came to head the united front of ex-servicemen. In the 2014 election Narendra Modi the BJP leader swore in an address to ex-servicemen at Rewari that he would sanction OROP as per the Koshiari committee as approved by parliament.
However, the Modi government forgot all about its promise after winning the elections and about 18 months after coming to power sanction a diluted version of OROP. This was contrary to the Koshiari committee recommendations which had been accepted by 2 parliaments in 2014. At the same time, he and the BJP began to shout from the rooftops that OROP had been sanctioned, forgetting that glaring anomalies remained and the BJP had actually lowered the status of the armed forces even further.

Glaring Anamolies

The OROP sanctioned by the government greatly differed from the recommendations as approved by parliament. Firstly, it selected the base year as 2013 in place of 2014 and secondly a revision of pension was agreed to every 5 years while the Indian parliament had approved a revision every year. Thus the basic aim of OROP of equal pension for all soldiers irrespective of the year of retirement was negated.
The government also accepted the recommendations of the 7th pay commission which further demoted the services. Medical benefits to veterans were reduced while the medical benefits to civil servants were much higher. In addition, a new allowance called hardship allowance was introduced which was double of that given to armed forces and soldiers compared to civil servants. In other words, men who served in inclement weather in minus 40 degree centigrade guarding India were given short shrift.
Overall the services found themselves at the receiving end. A lot of blame apart from the political leadership must go to the Army, Navy and Air Force Chiefs of Staff who just sat on their haunches making soft noises like a cat and accepted the government diktat. To show the rank and file that something was being done they dashed some letters which had no reaction from theModii government.
It was general Satbir Singh who has picked up the gauntlet and once again the veterans have started an agitation at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. In addition, 3 veterans including a lady veteran's wife have started a fast unto death. This is sad that a community so disciplined has to resort to this to ask the government to approve what is already approved and accepted by parliament.

The Future

The future does look bleak and I am afraid it will affect India's ambition to be a great power to rival China. There is no country in the world where veterans have to resort to an agitation to get their rights, which in any case had been approved by parliament. The Pakistan and Chinese army will be laughing up their sleeve at the state of the Indian armed forces. 
The government has forgotten that there is an umbilical cord between serving soldiers and veterans and this agitation will certainly affect them.
There are some veterans who want to call off the agitation, but their reasons are obscure and colored by a pro-BJP mental approach. Modi did a lot for India but his failure on the front is hard to rationalize. Politics is politics and Rahul Gandhi has jumped into the fray and promised OROP as per the recommendations of the Koshiari committee. 
For the good of the Indian nation, OROP needs to be approved as per the definition as approved by parliament as well as the glaring anomalies of the 7th pay commission that discriminate against the men in uniform must be erased. 
Is Modi up to the task? Sadly the horse seems to have bolted and the armed forces will never be the same again.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DUAL PENSION BENEFITS, SPECIAL FUND FOR WELFARE OF SERVICEMEN : KCR's BIG BANG SOPS FOR SOLDIERS

Ex-servicemen who have now joined the state government have got reason to rejoice, as the state government has announced a dual pension benefit for them. The Telangana government on Tuesday announced a slew of benefits in the Legislative Assembly for active and retired soldiers, their families and also for the families of soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty .When an ex-serviceman joins the state government services, he is allowed to draw two pensions -one from the armed forces and the other from the state government. However, widows of such ex-servicemen were barred from collecting state pension. “The Telangana government is doing away with this restriction. Henceforth, such pensioners will be allowed to draw state government pension along with pension issued by armed forces,“ KCR said.
“The government is also constituting a special fund for the welfare of soldiers, a first in the country ,“ said KCR. The fund will begin with annual contributions of `25,000 each from the CM and his cabinet colleagues while MLAs, MLCs and MPs will contribute `10,000 each every year. Thanking eve ryone for joining hands to contribute to the fund, KCR said, “The state government employees have also come forward to gi ve one day's salary to this fund.“
He also announced that the government is increasing the cash awards for soldiers.

Pension offices to be moved to ground floor



The state government has decided to shift all pension payment offices, which are currently located on upper floors, to the ground floor. The decision has been taken to ensure that the aged state government pensioners are not inconvenienced while collecting their pensions.The announcement came after Qutbullapur MLA KP Vivekanand highlighted the plight of pensioners making multiple trips to the pension payment office at Nampally .Vivekanand also suggested that the state government must ensure that the online Jeevan Praman system registration services are offered at all Mee Seva centres to make it easy for pensioners to acquire life certificates. “The government should also allow pensioners to visit the nearest police station, where they can use the available systems to access Jeevan Praman registration,“ Vivekanand later added in the House.
(SOURCE- TOI)




EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY TELANGANA CM SRI K CHANDRASEKHAR RAO

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(Source- Andhrajyothi)


MEETING WITH COAS GENERAL RAWAT ON 17 JAN 2017 WITH MAJ GEN SATBIR SINGH RETD GP CAPT VK GANDHI HONY LT K PANDEY AND ESM OF JANTAR MANTAR.. SOME PROGRESS AHEAD..? WHO KNOWS? THE NEGATIVE MIND/VIBES OR THE POSITIVE MIND OF ESM CONTINUEING AT JM...THE ONES WHO ARE PAPER TIGERS AND KEEP CRITICISING SATBIR N IESM? THE TIME COMES... ALL THINGS GET SOLVED SLOWLY... MAY BE NOW SOON..RGDS ::Cdr Sharan Ahuja

A delegation of ESM met COAS Gen Rawat today. This meeting was arranged on very short notice. Officers of Army pay cell and DG manpower planning were also present.  Following ESM attended the meeting. 

1. Maj Gen Satbir Singh 
2. Gp Capt VK Gandhi 
3. Brig JS Sandhu 
4. Wg Cdr Vinod Nebb 
5. Lt K Pandey 

Following points were discussed. 

1. Gen Satbir explained deficiencies in OROP issued by Govt. 

2. It was explained that two ESM ( Hav Major Singh and & Hav Mahender ) and one lady wife of ESM Mrs Sudesh have started FUD since 15 Jan as Govt has refused to listen to litany of woes of ESM. ESM have been agitating at JM for last 582 days. 

3. Deficiencies in facilities in ECHS were explained. It was emphasised that latest procedures need to be approved for ECHS within six month of their introduction in civil. Veteran hospitals need to be made operational at the earliest so that ESM do not have to run from pillar to post for medical services. 

4. It was also explained that Govt is loosing sympathy of ESM and their votes by not releasing full OROP. Further it was communicated that no political speeches and activity is ever permitted at JM. However ESM are free to unite and exercise their vote power and use it for getting full OROP. 

5. Down-gradation of status of Armed Forces was also discussed and it was suggested that COAS must take cognizance of this and take corrective actions as deemed fit. 

6. important issue was brought out by Lt K Pandey that some ESM are taking advantage of deficiency in OROP and forcibly bringing other issues and creating a divide between Officers and ORs. MOD and COAS must take cognizance of this and take action to arrest these attempts. Best and easiest way is to release full OROP. it is now responsibility of MOD to take steps so that congenial atmosphere is created to wind-up FUD and agitation. 
7. It was also informed that working of Sainik boards needs to be improved to ensure better services to veterans. 

8. A suggestion was made that India must celebrate a victory day. Most appropriate date will be 16 Dec. 
COAS gave very patient hearing and informed the delegation.
 

1. AHQ is ceased of deficiencies in OROP and he wanted to know financial burden of full OROP. He confirmed that once he is given the figures he would take it up strongly with RM. He requested the delegation members to sit with pay cell and work on the financial burden of resolving anomalies in OROP.
 

2. COAS confirmed that AHQ is working to improve facilities in ECHS. AHQ is working to operationalise more veteran hospitals so that veterans get best treatment in these hospitals. This will also result in savings in expenditure as many private hospitals are presenting inflated bills for treatment of veterans. COAS was concerned and wanted to give best treatment to veterans. 

3. COAS suggested that Sainik boards can be asked to report to local station cdrs to improve their efficiency.
 

COAS assured the delegation that AHQ under his command is geared up to take all actions for welfare of veterans. 
Meeting ended on a positive note and with a resolve that veterans will give full support to AHQ in its attempt to provide best services to veterans.
More meetings will be planned to solve issues affecting veterans.
 

Delegation profusely thanked COAS for meeting veterans on short notice and for his resolve to find solution to veteran's problems 

Gp Capt VK Gandhi

(SOURCE- VIA E-MAIL FROM COL SUNDER RAJAN VET)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

GOVERNMENT OF TELANGANA ABSTRACT : G.O.MS NO.9 DATED 16.1.2017 ON PENSIONS – ALLOW THE FAMILIES OF RE-EMPLOYED MILITARY PENSIONERS TO DRAW TO DRAW DUAL PENSION I.E. FAMILY PENSION FROM MILITARY SIDE AND CIVIL SIDE - ORDERS ISSUED

GOVERNMENT OF TELANGANA
ABSTRACT
PENSIONS – Allow the families of re–employed military pensioners to draw dual
pension i.e. family pension from military side and civil side-Orders Issued.

FINANCE (HRM.V) DEPARTMENT

G.O.MS.No. 9                                                                     Dated: 16-01-2017
                                                                                           Read the following:-
1. OM No.01 (06)2010(D)/Pen/Policy) dated.17.01.2013.
2. U.O.No.4510/Ser.IV/A1/15 dated. 28-12-2016 of Home Department.

ORDER:

In the reference 1st read above, the Ministry of Defence, Government of India have issued orders to allow the families of re–employed military pensioners to draw family pension from military side and civil side.

2.    In the reference 2nd read above, the Home Department has submitted a proposal on the lines of Government of India to allow the families of re-employed military pensioners to draw dual pension i.e. Family pension from military side and civil side duly deleting the Sub Rule 13 a (ii) & b of Rule 50 of Revised Pension Rules, 1980.

3.     After careful examination of the matter, Government hereby order to allow the families of re–employed military pensioners to draw Family pension for the service in civil department in addition to Family Pension from Government of India for defence service.

4.     Necessary amendments to the Telangna Revised Pension Rules, 1980 in this regard will be issued separately. 

5.   The G.O.is available on Internet and can be accessed at the address  http://goir.telangana.gov.in and http://finance.telangana.gov.in.

(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF TELANGANA)

K.RAMAKRISHNA RAO
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

To
All the Departments of Telangana Secretariat, Hyderabad.
The Principal Accountant General (Audit-I) Telangana, Hyderabad
The Principal Accountant General (Audit-II), Telangana, Hyderabad
The Accountant General (A&E), Telangana, Hyderabad.
The Director of Treasuries and Accounts, Telangana, Hyderabad
The Director of State Audit, Telangana, Hyderabad
The Director of Insurance, Telangana, Hyderabad
The Director of Works Accounts, Telangana, Hyderabad
The Pay & Accounts Officer, Hyderabad
The Secretary to Governor, Telangana,Hyderabad
All Secretaries to Government in Telangana, Hyderabad.
The Private Secretary to the Chief Minister and Private Secretaries to all Ministers of Telangana
All the Heads of Departments (including Collectors and District Judges in
Telangana State.
The Registrar, High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the State of Telangana & State of Andhra Pradesh (with Covering Letters)
All the District Treasury Officers in the Telangana State
The Secretary, Telangana GENCO/TRANSCO, Hyderabad.
The General Manger, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation, Hyderabad.
All District Educational Officers,
All the District Development Officer.
All District Panchayat Officers.
All Secretaries of Zilla Grandhalaya Samsthas through Director of Public Libraries, Hyderabad.
All Secretaries of Agricultural Market Committees through Director of Marketting Telangana State., Hyderabad.
All Commissioners/Special Officers of Municipalities.
All Recognized service Associations.
The Director, Government Printing Press, A.P., Hyderabad for publication in the TelanganaGazette.
Copy to the General Administration (Cabinet) Department.
Copy to the General Administration (SW) Department.
Copy to SF/SCs.

BY ORDER //
//FORWARDER::BY ORDER//

SECTION OFFICER

(SOURCE : VIA E-MAIL FROM DIRECTOR SAIL WELFARE, TELANGANA STATE)


ENHANCEMENT OF HONORARIUM OF SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS FROM 10,000/- TO RS.20,000/-PER MONTH : ORDERS OF TELANGANA GOVT ISSUED

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