Friday, February 5, 2016
THANK THEM FOR OROP ORDERS ISSUED? - UNDERTAKE A TRUE UN-BIASED INTROSPECTION/ANALYSYS TO IMPROVISATION/RECTIFICATION
1 . I have some general points to make on the OROP table released less than 48 hrs back (I leave with those veterans, knowledgeable on pension rules, the task to pin point specific instances of mistakes in these tables so that they can be rectified after due process of discussions with the concerned authorities).
(a) Nothing is absolute in this world-especially so in hierarchies like Govt where every thing is relative to other positions. Let us remember that. Now, to give some specific examples that I know of from personal experience. All Cols from 29.5 yrs to 33 yrs service have now been clubbed together at the max of pension at Rs 36,130/-. This is more than the pension what a Jt Secy (JS) in the GOI, with a pay of Rs.67,000/- to Rs.72000/-(?)receives. And, he is equivalent to a Maj Gen in the hierarchy. A Brig with a pension of Rs.37,750/- now receives more pension than an Addl Secy (equivalent in hierarchy to a Lt Gen) whose pay scale is fixed at Rs.75,000/-. A Maj Gen with a pension of Rs.38,763/- is obviously better than an Addl Secy here. All "Sada" Lt Gens with a pension of Rs.39500/- are almost there with a Secy to GOI, whose pension is Rs 40,000/-. As per the latest OROP tables, in addition to all Army Cdrs and VCOS (who were equated with a Secy since 6 CPC), even Lt Gens in HAG+ scale now get the same pension as that of a Secy.
( b) There is a saying in Malayalam, translated roughly as - "Anybody with a sword can act as an Oracle to the Devi". This is so especially in these days of internet and instant communication. Some XYZ wrote yesterday that the OROP tables are totally unfair and that veterans in various ranks and Veer Naris should have got ABCD more!. No relevant back up data is given-just off the cuff statements. Gullible that we are as a class, now everyone is quoting that mail as the bible-in spite of the fact that the author of that mail was an unknown entity till today-at least I do not remember seeing any mail from him till now in any Group (for all I know, he may be the cat's paw of ISI to stroke dis-contentment among the veterans by giving wrong figures and thus causing a spiking in demands!).
(c) If there are mistakes in the tables (they are bound to be with more than 120 tables or so, spread over 204 pages), let the knowledgeable veterans identify them and solve the problem through discussions with the concerned authorities /the judge of the commission appointed for this purpose.
(d) I am attaching a mail below, which shows the demands of IESM in Sep 15. The OROP tables have given us more than what IESM demanded there.
(e) As long as we are getting "equal pension for same rank with same length of service, irrespective of DOR", it should be OK. The four anomalies that IESM have raised with the RM and FM are still very much there and should be sorted out through discussions.
(f) Another bogey/red flag raised by some for the last few months is that since the re-look of pension is after 3 more years (in mid 2019), the Veterans will NOT be eligible for the 7 CPC scales. I know that there are no finite limits to fools in this world. But, do we still have to voluntarily join their ranks by spreading such canards?. It seems to me that this specific fear is beyond logic and common sense!.
(g) Finally, my request is that let the Veteran Orgs like IESM, IESL, TESWA and others (which have a standing), study the tables. They should take the help of the Service HQ's Pay cells, if needed. Anomalies can then be discussed and solved. I think the present RM is reasonable - even sympathetic.
(h) Many of us have a knack of antagonizing even our well wishers. Kindly do keep such characters away from the discussion tables.
(j) Most important, now that the OROP tables are out (and generally in consonance with our demand), the IESM should gracefully thank the Govt and withdraw the JM agitation. They have done an excellent job in keeping the OROP issue in the lime light and in the conscience of the Govt and the public. Now that phase is over, I feel the need is for ack this reality and close the agitation gracefully.
(k) The above has nothing to do with politics - but, every thing to do with the interests of the Veterans and of nation building. It is time for maturity in actions and NOT for scoring debating points.
2. This are my personal views, which I have exercised as my democratic right. If the "Tigers " feel that I am a "Jai Chand "-a word which is still the flavor of the season-, so be it!.
3. And, I hope that for a change, the reasonable and sane majority will express openly and in public what ever views they have rather than letting the loud few hijack the system. It will be good to have a discussion on the above points.
(Source- Via e-mail from Col NK Balakrishnan, (Retd)