Saturday, September 3, 2016
Mission OROP - GoI Strategize to Delay :: GoI Sets Groundwork For OROP Implementation Delay
GoI, loaded with grossly overpaid bureaucrats and law makers (some of them undoubtedly corrupt), have backstabbed the ex-servicemen consistently.
This cut is unkindest of all, since it has been spearheaded by BJP, who has long professed itself as a more patriotic and honest party that the ruling Congress and other state level parties and was at one time a magnate for ex-servicemen
The peacefully protesting veterans were baton charged mercilessly,their priceless blood spilled by Modi Raj's police, an act deeply reminiscent of the British Raj
As September 5th comes near, there is a sense of anxiety on what the trained and crafty lawyers of GoI will come up with. However, measuring those wily lawyers would be the astute senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani and Sr. advocate Balaji Srinivasan.
Ram Jethmalani has oscillated from being the strongest supporter of PM Modi to his harshest high profile critic-no mean feat, considering how fraught with danger it is now-a-days to criticize PM Modi and rest easy.
Of all the undertakings that he had ever engaged in, the 93 years old Mr. Ramjethmalani`s decision, who considers himself to be sitting in the departure lounge of life, to stand by the retired military personal is one of the most laudable.
Ex-Servicemen had filed a petition in the Supreme Court regarding the diluted OROP implementation policy. In short against being short changed. That PIL will be taken up on Sep 5th.
The rank and file of veterans seeking undiluted OROP is again buzzing with activity.
As reported and projected by vpatrika.com earlier, PM Modi’s government harnessed guile, force and division in an effort to snuff out the OROP movement.
Last year the peaceful movement managed to garner huge public sympathy, taking the all powerful Government by surprise and sense of foreboding, and exposed the half truths of Jaitley and GoI’s relevant ministry.
The peacefully protesting veterans were baton charged mercilessly and their priceless blood was spilled by Modi Raj`s police, in an act deeply reminiscent of the British Raj trying to beat off peaceful protests.
What various committees have approved is OneRank One Pension, what the veterans got is One Rank, Dissimilar Pension.
And they are deeply unhappy about it. Rightly so.
What the government, rather, their decision making bodies, loaded with grossly overpaid bureaucrats and law makers (some of them undoubtedly corrupt, others not so much), suggest, will lead to a situation where a junior rank army personnel will get higher pension as opposed to senior military personals who had retired earlier.
This cut is unkindest of all, since it has been spearheaded by BJP, who has long professed and was at one time a magnate for ex-servicemen, who considered it to be more patriotic and honest that the ruling Congress and other state level parties.
The government has checked all the boxes to delay, obfuscate, or deny the rightful claim of the retired servicemen.
Committees do a very good job of firewalling any resolution, the government has checked that box, by appointing a single member committee who would look into issues, that are not the main ones, but merely side issues.
Then the ever extending terms of the committee always gets to dissolve the issue at hand and shakes off the pressure groups and the fickle media, who move onto their next TRP building exercise, debating the bravery of a player’s tenacity in a cricket match, or some celebrity’s national integrity threatening comment.
That GoI has already done by extending the tenure.
Another time tested strategy is to request the petitioner to submit before its bench, in such a fashion that either the petitioner fails to respond due to time constraint or does not even come to know about it.
The ministry of defence, sent a letter on the 13th April, seeking “Defence forces pensioners/family pensioners, Defence Pensioners’ Associations can submit their suggestions/views on the revised pension as notified, to the MoD, through post or by email within 15 days i.e. by April 29, 2016”
This is bizarre, especially; the BJP government is on a high octane drive when advertisements are considered.
Many such judicial committees have been formed, and going by the past experiences, the result of OROP single member judicial bench is clearly a way to test the resolve of ex-servicemen.
It will be interesting to see, how the veterans respond to these stalling actions of the government.
(Source - Via gp e-mail from Chander Prakash, Vet)