Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Non Implementation Of One Rank One Pension (OROP)

Press Release by IESM


1.  The UPA Govt announced the grant of One Rank One Pension (OROP) to all
defence personnel with lot of fan fare and earned lot of gratitude and
accolades from the defence fraternity.  

During the election campaigns, all
top leaders of the Govt have boasted of having granted the OROP.  The
congress party even included the same in their achievements of UPA 2 till
as late as 08 May 2014 where in the Congress President in her speech in one
of the Election Rally proudly claimed to have sanctioned OROP for the
soldiers in recognition of their sacrifices for the Nation.

2. For all these days, the soldiers have been waiting for the formal orders
to originate from the Govt, but to their dismay, it is learnt that the
bureaucracy of this country does not appear to be favourably disposed to
honour this commitment.  

The CGDA, PCDA and DESW have now started carrying out their own interpretation of the definition itself of the OROP, which falls far below the intended pension benefits to the defence personnel.

This, they are doing inspite of clear and unambiguous definition and
implication given by the RM on 26th Feb 2014 in a meeting chaired by him
for the  implementation of OROP.  

There is a clear cut uncontroverted
definition of OROP which has always been used in all discussions as well as
in correspondence including the Report of the Committee  of Secretaries on
OROP ordered by the Govt in June 2009.

(Please refer Para 2.1 of Report of
the Committee on One Rank One Pension and related issue dated 30th June,
2009) and at Para 3 of the Rajay Sabha Petition Committee Report on OROP
which was presented to the Rajay Sabha on 19 Dec 2011 and also is given in
the minutes of the meeting chaired by the Raksha Mantri on 26 Feb 2014
which is as under :-

*“OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel
retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of
their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of
pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies
bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and
the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension,
to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners”.*

*3.  It further implies that “Pensions of past defence retirees will be
equal to that of a person with same rank and length of service and same
group retiring wef 01 Apr 2014, and future enhancement in the rates of
pensions will be automatically passed to the past pensioners”.*

4.   Interpreting the definition in any other way is a serious manipulation
by the bureaucracy.  It not only amounts to the blatant disobedience of the
Govt order but also amounts to betrayal of the soldiers.  This attitude of
the bureaucracy of denying the soldiers their rightful demand is highly
deplored by the defence fraternity.

5.  The present Govt must take immediate action to ensure that Govt
notification based on the accepted definition of OROP as above is issued,
otherwise, there will be loss of face for the present Govt in the eyes of
the soldiers.

May we request you to carry this important news /issue in your esteemed
paper, magazine and TV Channel?

 With regards,

Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Chairman IESM
Mob: +919312404269, 0124-4110570
Email ID: satbirsm@gmail.com

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Modi, Media, Morality & Maya Jaal

As Narendra Modi application to India’s top job rides higher, and the Election mayhem peaks, the two and a struggling third narrative become clear trends.
On the strong end, it is the BJP with its Governance platform, with injured Hindutva, and other inherited socialism on the backburner.
The public noises are of growth, infrastructure, manufacturing and breaking the ATM Ministry paradigm, and other License Raj gridlocks in Environment Clearance, etc.
The angry BJP issues are gridlocks in land acquisition, environment, Telecom, Coal:  all largesse tools that were used in the Congress led UPA, for both dispensing favour, and keeping competition out. And how Policy assumed the dubious role of the omnipotent weapon of political assassination.
The second and at the vanquished end, is the place held by the once grand Congress. The myth of colonial and post colonial history shattered by family led Kleptocracy. The Congress today risks imminent implosion as the ability to dispense favours, and punish the rival becomes extinct.
Even in the states that it holds power, the Gandhi tag will cease to be sacrosanct. A fit revenge for the Narasimha Rao and Pranab Mukherjee, denied their place in history, mostly given their ability to think, which made them poor sycophants and slaves.
Congress noises were the usual communal cacophony, some cast, minority votebank polarisation. And eventually personal attacks, and epithets, most directed at Narendra Modi.
The third or some fraction thereof, almost a rearguard action is brought up, by the wet dream of a third front. A calamitous happening, that has occurred a few times already, much to the detriment of India and it's morality.
Be it the dirty muffler rabble rousers of AAP, or the dysfunction of Communism, or SP, BSP, NCP, TMC Congress clones after the Muslim, Caste or other sub-national, votebank persuasion, the chances of their day under the Indian sun look rather slim, as poll predictions go.
The Narendra Modi phenomenon, the cynosure of all that is wrong and needs to be fixed, promises a veritable epic Ram Rajya (the just and reign of Lord Ram, if you please)!
This cultural renaissance brings to the fore of Indian politics, the proverbial yin and yang conflict, the conflict between the good and the bad, within us. It brings to fore, public morality, a rarity for decades!
Afterall, the bad (Congress) has ruled most of the Post Hindu Muslim Partition and the Post-Independence Hindustan, stolen and renamed India, by Nehru. While the good (BJP) now is being forecast for running the India of 2014, and possibly even beyond.
Loaded as the narratives come with metaphors, even Ghalib's poetry, epithets, muck raking, tactical propaganda, the media has lost all face, in the no holds barred political dog fight.
The credibility of most mainstream media in India has been reduced to less than shit, as bureaucracy and politician alike gaze urgently at the crystal ball of 2014 General Elections.
The expectations from Narendra Modi unfair as they are, exist. Such irrational exuberance will surely meet with disappointment and bitter recrimination, leading once again to the cycle of anti-incumbency, and resultant political instability, unless Modi can deliver quickly, especially on the low hanging fruit, that the headless chicken UPA left to rot.
All of a sudden, a decade long pariah, Narendra Modi is the exclusive interview, every Print, TV, and Online journalist is angling for. From initial sarcasm to false bravado, Modi has settled into defining the policy outline of the incoming NDA shop.
Unfortunately, given the critical and formative nature of the Modi image on a national canvas, this has been a rather shoddy job, given the chasms within the BJP, its various silos, and islands of influence.
As the piranha like bum rush for portfolio's surfaces, egged on by an equally shameless media. The BJP cart definitely seems in front of the India horse.
For someone who was sequestered and hounded for 12 years, Narendra Modi has wasted opportunities, in public communication, of his policy priorities.
The Statutory and Constitutional bodies, despite being staffed with Congress sycophants, delivered India from the Congress Kleptocracy and its Goebbelsian propaganda aided and abetted by a bent yellow media.
It is these bodies, these bulwarks of Indian Democracy that Modi needs to fix first, by strengthening them, and making them future proof to potential dynasties and their Kleptomania.
What should have been a call for emergency legislative and policy overhaul objectives has turned into tactical media ping pong, and name calling. A cycle of unproductive retribution and empty rage.
Economic Reform, Judicial Reform, Intelligence Reform, Police Reform, Public Healthcare Reform, Education Reform , Military Reform, Tax Reform, all remain buried under political ego battles of personality, cult, not national interest.
As Modi moves towards the hot seat, relinquished by a puppet sycophant, mostly employed to whitewash the evil deeds of the Kleptocracy, he inherits a thorny crown.
A nation beleaguered by economic profligacy. India has grave national security challenges both internal and external.
A nation whose foreign policy is steeped in Nehruvian dogma, disconnected from furthering India's core interests, led by fiddling Nero's, self opinionated and spoilt rotten for producing incompetent, substandard foreign policy.
A nation whose Police and Law Enforcement agencies behave like colonial bouncers. A nation where Intelligence agencies are stopped from doing their job, when they do even know what their job is, beyond bugging political rivals.
A nation where the MoD is at war with the Armed Forces! We are a nation where the soldier has seen his status, seniority, pay and pension steadily eroded, and destroyed by a self serving bureaucracy. As Defence Procurement hits new lows of Kleptocracy, the Armed Forces are naked and politically infested.
A nation where illness is a death sentence for the poor, where health indicators are worse than Africa, a country where Public Health is a scandal. This is the country Modi will inherit.
A country where the Judiciary only brings delay, injustice and even entrapment. A country where the poor almost always languish in prison, while the rich get away with a slap on the wrist.
This is the country where being Hindu can be a disadvantage, where cocking a snook at the Hindu was fashionable in the Communist Liberal Colonial Kleptocracy.
An India, where the State Police of Congress led States, Federal run CBI and NIA, can rattle the IB over the Hindu Terror canard. A country where a serving Military Intelligence Colonel can be held undertrial for 5 years on cooked up bullshit to support a Muslim votebank political platform, designed to blunt justice against Islamist Terror and Insurgency.
This is the legacy that Narendra Modi inherits. History begins on May 16, 2014, and posterity is a cruel judge.
If Modi can do even as much as a PV Narasimha Rao or an Atal Behari Vajpayee, he would have ensured a place in the Indian hall of fame, else the soiled Indian political history is a bed riddled with bugs of infamy. The King (Queen) is dead, long live the Republic!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

The Ugliness of South Bombay

The moon is high
The monsoon clouds are all over like pre-pubescent urchins
As fire rises from the scorched earth.
The buildings in Breach Candy and Nepean Sea Road are like old prostitutes

Something new goes wrong everyday now!
Water, Electricity, Sewage, Footpaths, Waterproofing, other assorted silent freakouts.
As the half dozen water pumps whine, and Bahadur washes the 7th car, I get an epiphany!
Maybe all these bastards deserve to die

Maybe, they deserve the polluted air ppm count with their 7 cars
Maybe apathy brought on ruination.
To the sparrows and crows, and parakeets who are my heroes
Even the vultures who pick flesh off Parsi bones, I nod gratitude! 

I live here with my ugly, noisy airconditioning.
I tolerate my illiterate, rich, drunk, whoremongerer neighbours 
But deep down I know, as they do too
About, the ugliness of South Bombay!

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