Friday, March 5, 2010
BJP accuses PM of misleading Parliament -No Jawan Received Orders For Pension Enhancement
A day after locking horns with Manmohan Singh during the debate on the Presidents address, senior BJP leader L K Advani said Prime Minister had breached parliamentary propriety by making false claims that enhanced pension announced for army personnel had been met. Advani informed BJP MPs about the PMs claim in Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the Govt. had implemented its decision on enhancement of pension to JCOs and jawans.No JCO or jawan has received any such orders.This is a very serious matter of parliamentary impropriety, senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters. Advani,who is chairman of the BJP parliamentary party,was speaking at a meeting of BJP MPs here on Thursday.He cited a letter written by Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh,vicechairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement,where the latter had mentioned the July 6, 2009 order. The PM had intervened several times on Wednesday while Advani was replying to the motion of thanks for the Presidents address in Lok Sabha,including on the issue of enhancement of pension to exservicemen.Advani had on Wednesday pointed to Singhs Independence Day speech in which he had referred to steps regarding the ex-servicemens demand on one-rank-one-pension.In the Lok Sabha,Singh said whatever promises had been made were delivered by the government and that Advani should not create a rift between the Services and the government. Advani said that the Prime Minister should have studied the matter properly and then spoken on it.This impropriety should be taken seriously, Naidu said.The government had earmarked Rs 2,100 crore per year for the benefit of 12 lakh JCOs and jawans.