Wednesday, September 23, 2015
PRESS RELEASE : 100 DASYS OF RHS AT JANTAR MANTAR ON 22 SEP 2015
The RHS entered its 100th day, with 17 individuals including a young lady army wife Ms Sudesh sitting it out today at JM.
Coinciding with the 100th day, was the felicitation ceremony by UFESM to those veterans who participated in the 1965 Indo-Pak war and having been invited by the Hon’ble Rashtrapati for high tea regretted their inability to attend due to the ongoing impasse over OROP for them.
Over 25 gallantry award winners were felicitated by name while other participants were welcomed with bouquets and roses. The overall gathering was recorded as over 160 officers, JCO's, OR and families. The spirit of camaraderie and togetherness was infectious. Many a long lost colleague met and exchanged memories of those eventful days under fire. It was a sight to remember. The spirit of the solidarity was captured by the numerous cameras and reporters both from the electronic and print media who covered this glorious reunion.
In contrast we are informed that some seventy odd veterans did attend the reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan but since the media except DD & ANI was not permitted an accurate assessment comment by us would not be apt.
The breakfast for RHS had been arranged by Brig Sudhir Kumar today. The lunch as usual was provided by the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.
In a separate development certain e-mails and WA are being circulated by a motley group of ESM masquerading as the UFESM. This is to inform the general public that the only duly constituted ESM body with the acronym UFESM is the one functioning at JM for the last 100 days under the Chairmanship of Lt Col Inderjit Singh, the doyen of OROP. The meeting as described was a collection of individuals with little or no lien towards the issues facing the ESM or a following in number of members barring a handful. Also case had been made out so as to legitimise their being by bringing in Anna Hazare, who it seems from their self confessed mail, has parted company with them. They have also tried to create an atmosphere of officer bashing by a section of disgruntled JCO & OR who seem to be trying to avenge their in service grudges through this forum. Overall a sad commentary whose specific instigator is one Col Dinesh Nain, an erstwhile coordinator of the Anna Hazare Movement. Measures are being undertaken by UFESM, technically and legally to cull this crowd.
Col Anil Kaul, VrC
Media Advisor UFESM
(SOURCE- VIA GP E-MAIL)