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Friday, June 12, 2015
EX-SERVICEMEN MEET FINANCE MINISTER
Following ex-servicemen of UNITED FRONT OF EX-SERVICEMEN met Finance Minister Sh Arun Jaitley on 10 June at 1900h.
This meeting was facilitated by Gen VK Singh.
Following ex-servicemen met Sh Arun Jaitley.
Lt Gen SK Bahiri PVSM
Lt Gen VK Chaturvedi
Maj Gen Satbir Singh SM
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Col Anil Kaul VrC
Ministers of state, Gen VK Singh and Col Rajyavardhan Rathore also attended the meeting
The Meeting started with the assurance from Sh Arun Jaitley that decision has been taken to implement OROP. But he wanted to discuss some more definition which would be acceptable to all and also which will result in least litigations in future.
It was very clearly communicated to him that the approved definition is the only definition and will be the ONLY ONE acceptable to all. This definition would not lead to any litigation.
He however suggested some more definitions but the delegation did not accept any definition and stuck to the approved definition. He further informed that the expenditure secretary had put up OROP calculations to him which he had not accepted so far.
He further suggested that it would be better if ex-servicemen discuss the model given by Expenditure secretary along-with Armed forces pay cell reps.
His suggestion of giving the problem to the 7th pay commission for resolution was rejected outright.
Towards end Sh Arun Jaitley once again suggested that ex-servicemen should propose an affordable definition.
He was told that,” Sir while the Government approves thousands of crores without hesitation on so many schemes for various sections of society but when it comes to Armed Forces welfare the Government starts counting pennies”.
The Meeting ended with assurance that we would meet again as Sh Arun Jaitley was to attend another important meeting
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
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MEETING WITH RM - 09 JUN
A delegation of the Association led by Col Inderjit Singh Chairman met the RM on 09 Jun in his office. Brig Bhagwan Singh, Col Satish Dewa, Col Ashok Chauhan, Capt Chattar Singh, Capt Balwan Singh, Lt Nar Singh Dass, SM Nahar Singh and Hav Rameshwar Singh were members of the delegation.
Col Inderjit Singh told him that we all admire the PM for his assurances given to Veterans during his ' Man Ki Baat ' programme, that he would definitely fulfil his promise regarding OROP. He further said that the issue was very complex one and they were trying to find a definition which was acceptable to all. These other aspects we however did not agree with him.
Simplest to Implement
We told the RM that -
'This is the simplest scheme to implement. It's implementation would cut down the work load of successive CPC by 25 to 50 %. Further there is only one stakeholder. That is us the Veterans. The other can be the leadership who have accepted to give it. Bureaucrats who have vowed to let it happen on their dead bodies can't by any chance be called stakeholders.'
The other thing of concern to us that he said was that they were trying to find a definition acceptable to all. There is only one definition which is complete. This definition was simplified by Koshyari Committee in their wisdom so that even a layman could understand it. This though simple covered the essential aspects of the full version. We therefore did not question it.
We requested that in view of the explanation given he should expedite implementation of OROP. He told us that he was trying very hard to see that it was implemented soon. In his view it may take up to two months. He would try to do it a few weeks earlier. We appreciated his commitment to fulfil the promise made by Mr Modi as early as possible.
Indefinite Fast Deferred
We had appealed to the Leadership in Aug 2014 to issue the Notification by Dec 2014 failing which we shall make sacrifices. In view of the assurances received from MoD we first postponed it to 31 Mar 2015 and then to 30 Jun 2015. We have decided to give another two months until 09 Aug in view of the assurances by the RM on 09 Jun in our meeting with him.
Other matters discussed and letters given to him are being posted on our blog at aiewa.blogspot.in. These can be accessed after 13 Jun 15.