Sunday, July 17, 2016
URGENT NATIONAL ACCORD ON NEED TO PRIORITIES THE MANAGEMENT OF DEFENCE PERSONNEL
Dear Members of Parliament
1. Monsoon session of Parliament is starting from for a month. With concern, we wish to bring to the Notice our Parliamentarians that the Govts of the Day for the past 69 years paid little emphasis to the management of Defence Personnel who are the backbone of National Security. Our first Prime Minister went on to suggest the policy which assisted the bureaucracy and the political system to downgrade, degrade, ill-treat and mistreat the military. Ignorance on security matters was so complete that when the Chinese attacked India in 1962, our PM issued directions to the Defence Forces “Throw the Chinese Out”. We as a nation suffered humiliating defeat.
2. Again, after the 1971 War, while we returned over 93000 Pakistan POWs, we could not get back our 54 POWs languishing in Pakistan Jails. During the SAARC Meeting at Islamabad, Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto admitted that there were 41 Indian POWs held by them against the claim of 43 POWs, given by late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. Mrs Bhutto promised to release them soon but never kept her promise. There is credible evidence available; however, our Govts till date have not been able to get our POWs back. Not only this, till 2010, the families of these POWs, were not even paid their pay/ pension till the Courts came to their rescue. This needs a serious debate in the Parliament and serious measures by the Govt to get our POWs back. If need be, Govt should take up the case with the Court of International Justice. In this connection our Email dated 24th June 2016 also refers.
3. Back home, a Govt sanctioned scheme of One Rank One Pension (OROP) has been implemented in a diluted form, leaving serious anomalies detrimental to the welfare of retired Defence Personnel. 85 per cent of them are sent on pension at an age of 35-40 years when their responsibilities are maximum and over six lakhs defence Widows who are left to lead a life of penury. Defence personnel have been protesting peacefully for the past 398 days to get Actual OROP implemented but no one from the Govt has inquired or discussed their grievances with them, except on request the RM did grant a Meeting on 14 Mar16, without any positive outcomes. The tenure of One Man Recommendatory Justice Reddy Judicial Committee has been further extended by another 6 months. Tareekh pe Tareekh, with no positive outcomes is a cause of serious concern which the Govt and our MPs must not ignore.
4. 36 anomalies in 7thCPC have been brought to the Notice of the Govt by our three Chiefs. It seems, these anomalies have not been considered by the Govt while declaring the award of 7th CPC. If anomalies are not removed the profession of Arms will be further downgraded, which is certainly not an appropriate situation.
5. We appeal to our Parliamentarians, cutting across party lines, to discuss the Management of Defence Personnel and address the above issues on Priority.
6. Defence personnel may please be given their due “Izzat and Insaf” to strengthen National Security.
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
Chairman Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM)
Mobile: 9312404269, 01244110570
15th Jul 2016
(Source- Via e-mail from Chander Parkash, Vet)