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 18th July 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.

With regards,

Yours Sincerely,

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)

12 comments:

  1. karunakaran a ex havildarJuly 17, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    very well contained letter depicting our woes but how many MPs are listening to this , however we may request them to take up the matter for the debate to find a amicable solution

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  2. I salute Major General Satbir Singh Saab for his untiring and relentless effort to get justice for his officers and men.His efforts should fetch fruits.At the same time I am afraid we are blowing siren on the deafened ears.We can wake up some one who sleeps but the not one who pretends to be.The whole nation knows the plight of the ex servicemen and the serving men.Till that time hungry , young and unemployed men available ,the country will not face shortage of soldiers, to die across the border.The rich people,the canny selfish politicians,will always never bother as usual.In the same tone I appeal to all ex serivicemen to stand shoulder to shoulder in support of our proud Major General Satbir Singh Saab whether it be Dharna or litigation.

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  3. Political governance by bureaucracy these days r nothing but a professional business seving self interests. They r not at all concerned wd national security coz de acquire der shelters in some foreign countries. AFs commanders too r seen fighing der own cause while in service suppressing any elevation of level parity of d pbors de command. This is d aim of d guv to undo any possible forces revolt!

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  4. Leave apart limited number of MPs in both the houses who have genuine concern and soft corner for the Jawans and veterans, majority of the MPs on individual note and certainly most of the parties have no time , inclination or any concern for them even if some noise may be raised by them once in a while because of political necessity. Even though parties in government find ways and means to deny or delay --- sometimes indefinitely ----- even the rulings of the courts, yet that is the only place where some justice may be expected. Thankless Politicians only deliver to those who can arm twist them or to their political interests.

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  5. Sir
    You are also politician. You are not fighting for Izzat but for lion share
    for officers which is evident by implementation of OROP for Hon,JCOs and ORs

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  6. Truth and facts are adequately registered and recorded at all levels. Now it is everybodys responsibility to safe guard national security.
    In any event of any set back to national security,the guilty would be searched ,identified and people of India will act and react.

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  7. Respected sir.in appreciation I would like to request that these parliamentarian are deaf and dumb if not blind,they do not deserves to addressed as DEAR.how many of them visited JM
    to console veteran,expecting's any miracle from a naughty shall be a futile attempt.the course of litigation is commendable.secondly I shall request to file contempt of court for non implementation of payment of arrers to wards delinking 33y to pre 2006 FAUJI PENSIONERS.THANKS.

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  8. A point of interest to note: It is well known that our MPs enjoy a number of privileges that come with the job, be it subsidized food or convenient travel. So when a panel recommends a further hike to these benefits, it is sure to catch the attention of many. A Parliamentary panel, headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, has proposed a series of recommendations to the benefits pacakge of current and former members of Parliament. The joint committee suggested around 60 recommendations which have been submitted to the government, according to a report by The Times of India. The recommendations include a 100% salary hike for all MPs and a 77% hike in the pension of former MPs. In addition, it includes a substantial increase in daily allowances and travel fares. It also proposes an automatic pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians similar to the pay commission for government employees, continues the report.

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  9. I'm not happy with this govt

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