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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
ESM rally is must and it is right of ESM to agitate to for their demands
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
IESM thanks all well meaning veterans
who are advising IESM (Indian Ex-servicemen Movement) to maintain restrain and
postpone the agitation. IESM would be glad to keep on hold all agitation
activities if even one veteran can confirm that he has reliable inputs
that Government will give full OROP without any dilution.
PM has given his firm
commitment to OROP. RM has also given his commitment for OROP. OROP is a
statute, it has been passed by two parliaments, it has approval of all
political parties. More than 50 questions have been asked in both houses of
Parliament. RRM has given the statement in the house confirming the definition
of OROP. Ex Defence Minister Sh Anthony had issued executive orders for payment
of OROP dues to ESM in Feb 2014. (It was not done by MOD without giving any
Does anybody have a convincing reason why OROP notification has not
been issued so for? If the Govt was short of funds (IESM feels that there is no
shortage of funds) they should have issued the notification or even a statement
that Govt accepts the DGL proposed by the Service Hq but will make the payment
in next year with dues of 2014 also. This would have communicated to world good
intentions of Govt and given confidence to ESM that their interest will not be
compromised by the Govt.
Veterans who wish to believe to believe the grapevine
that OROP will come soon, can do so on their responsibility, but IESM does not
wish to rest in peace only on hunch of some senior veterans and the news from
grapevine. IESM would like to make plans only on solid/reliable information.
IESM had done lot of brain storming and then arrived at the decision to
start agitation from 3 Dec 14 to 16 Dec 14. Many senior veterans had advised to
delay but IESM did not heed to their advise. However IESM saw merit in the
advise of Sh Rajeev Chandrashekhar MP, who promised to arrange a meeting with
RM. IESM received lot of flak from members for postponing the planned
IESM delegation met RM on 9 Dec 14
and was happy to report positive approach of RM. IESM delegation was buoyed
that RM has confirmed that he had got his mind clear on all issues of OROP and
the notification will be issued soon, may be within one month.
IESM got worried
when within few days there were contradicting statements coming from MOD that
it would not be possible to give 100% satisfaction to ex-servicemen and they
will have to be content with 80% satisfaction level.
IESM strongly believes
that this was a deliberate leak to gauge the reaction of ESM in the event of
issuance of less than 100%OROP. IESM wanted to believe that these
statements are only communication gaps/misreporting and had not come from RM.
IESM requested for a confirmation of the statement or contradiction of
the statement from MOD in various communication. IESM even requested for a
meeting with RM but got no reply from MOD. IESM does not know the truth whether
RM is intending to issue full OROP or truncated/diluted OROP.
How can ESM sit
back and watch their dream of OROP being shattered in bureaucratic morass/quagmire.
Whom will we blame if full OROP would not be released?
fully well know the bureaucratic procedure that if a Govt letter is out
(with diluted definition) it would be well nigh impossible to get any
amendments issued later. We all know that 57 anomalies of 6 CPC are still
going around in circles in south block for the last 10 years with no solution
IESM does not want to feel bad later that ESM were denied once again
full OROP just because we did not send a strong message to Government.
RALLY IS PLANNED TO CONVEY COMBINED WILL OF VETERANS, TO REMIND THE GOVERNMENT
OF THEIR PROMISE ON OROP. RALLY IS NOT PLANNED TO CONFRONT TO GOVERNMENT
IESM would not like to go by hunch of
some of the senior veterans that full OROP is round the corner and agitation
approach at this time might annoy Govt.
On the contrary IESM believes it is the
right of ESM to project their demands with conviction and ensure that there is
no dilution of OROP.
IESM would welcome a positive statement from MOD or a
meeting with RM to put at rest the growing doubts in the mind of Ex-servicemen
and also to contradict reports in media.
IESM discusses threadbare all
the issues and then takes a decision. IESM is firm on the following.
1.A Maha rally of ESM will be held at 1030h on 1 Feb 2015 Sunday
at Jantar Mantar to send a strong message for this undue delay in issuance of
notification of OROP.
2.IESM will not accept any dilution of OROP.
3.ESM from all over India and abroad will participate in the rally.
4.IESM will also return another tranche of Gallantry Medals to
President of India on 1 FEB 2015.
5.IESM will present a Memorandum to President of India and PM of
6.Similar rallies will be held in other major cities of India on 1
Feb 15 and memorandum will be submitted by ESM to DC for onward transmission to
IESM REQUESTS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION FROM ALL ESM and ESM
ORGANIZATIONS AND SINGLE MINDED FOCUS TO ENSURE ARMED FORCES GET 100%
IESM REQUESTS ALL VETERANS TO JOIN THE RALLY IN LARGE NUMBERS.
VETERANS FROM 10 STATES HAVE CONFIRMED THEIR PARTICIPATION
CONVENERS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRANGE SIMILAR RALLIES IN THEIR
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE FUNDS LARGE HEARTEDLY FOR THE SUCCESS OF RALLY
PLANNED ON 1 FEB 2015.
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
Block N5, Flat no 801
Pocket D6, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi. 110070
OROP is our right. Dilution in OROP will NOT be accepted.
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE WITHOUT A SMILE GIVE HIM ONE OF YOURS. ===============================================================
On Monday, 5 January 2015 8:40 PM, "Satbir
1 If assurances given by PM have not been honoured,i humbly request
all ESM,please don't think that RM will implement OROP in full and as per
the approved definition and as per the DGL prepared by Service Hqs in the
Budget.Specially,when he has made two Statements one on 16Dec and the
other in 31 Dec which are the cause of serious concern.
2 I appeal to all ESM to work to get justice of full implimentation
of OROP. Please join in the effort.Please attend Maha Rally on 01 Feb 2015 at
Jantar Mantar New Delhi.
1. I have estbl contact
with some faujis who are active within BJP and I complained strongly about OROP
and the betrayal as we see it.
2. His advice was that we
must show restraint at this juncture. There is a lot of activity in
progress within Govt to release OROP in full during the budget, and that a few
impediments have been placed before the political leadership by the
bureaucracy, which may be to stymie OROP. But the political leadership is
determined to give it he says.
3. This is what I have
recd and I am passing it onto all of us. How am I sure that definitely the
budget with give 100% OROP. Well I am not sure, but I am for giving that much
time for Modi govt to give OROP to us as justified by all concerned.