Wednesday, 19 December 2012

 LETTER TO CHIEFS

 

Dear Friends

We have sent the following letter to all the Chiefs for doing the needful in getting our problems solved.

I do hope that they would take appropriate action to bring home the truth to the leadership which has never been found wanting.

The anxiety of the leadership to solve our problems  was obvious from the MESSIANIC manner in which our Hon'ble RM took up the matter with the Hon'ble PM  and the reaction of the Hon'ble PM in promptly appointing a Committee to solve our problems.

All the papers that have been sent to you earlier and given below after the letter to the Chiefs were also sent to the Chiefs.

You will be pleased to know that we have received a positive response from the Hon'ble RM to the papers submitted to him on 29 Sep during our meeting. Copy attached.
With best wishes

Lt Col Inderjit Singh
Mob : 09811007629

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LETTER TO CHIEFS ABOUT OUR MEETING WITH THE HON'BLE RM


             I wish to apprise you about our Meeting with the Hon'ble RM on 29 Sep.  I am therefore attaching all the papers about the Meeting for your kind information  and necessary action.

2.         The entire Veterans community is shattered by what has happened and expects you the Chiefs to get us our rightful dues by projecting the truth to the benign leadership as we have tried to do. My services are available if required by you.

3.         The damage was done when all our respected  Chiefs went and made presentation, not once but twice, to the Committee and demanded resolution of only few of our long list of anomalies pending with the Govt. It is sad that this happened when the entire Veterans community rejected it for our non representation on it. I am sure you will agree that it showed us all in a very poor light. Your request to the Leadership after first visit, for our representation, had no meaning as the Committee had already been legitimized by your presentations.

4.         Whatever has happened can not be undone. Now it is for you to figure out how you are going to repair the damage so that we can get our rightful dues.

5.         We look forward to your positive response.




Gen Bikram Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM,VSM, SM, ADC**
Chief of The Army Staff
Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, PVSM, AVSM,VM, ADC
Chief of Air Staff

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
Chief of Naval Staff


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ALL INDIA EX SERVICES WELFARE ASSOCIATION
Our Mail IDs - aiewaorg@gmail.com, aiewa81@hotmail.com
 aiewa_association@rediffmail.com
Web site : www.aiewa.org
(We Were THIRTY YEARS YOUNG On 21 Nov 2011)

M 35 Palika Bhawan,
 RK Puram, Sector 13,
New Delhi 110066.
Ph : 01126110710.

Dear Friends

We had the pleasure of meeting  the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri on 29 Sep with regard to the latest announcement on OROP.
Brig Bhagwan Singh, Air Cmde Sushil Soni, Col Raj Singla, Lt Nar Singh Dass and Capt Mangal Singh were part of my Delegation.

The exchange of pleasantries were followed by the submissions we had gone to make. Before we however got down to talk about the problems, we presented the RM with a Memento commemorating the 30th Anniversary of our Association.

To begin with we presented him with a paper about the recent award prepared by our team led by Lt Nar Singh Dass, our Gen Secy on Pensionary Matters. This dealt with what we got as a result of this announcement in real terms. (Paper follows). This was prepared with whatever little information we had. We welcome comments from all of you on what we have stated so that the entire paper can be corrected to give as true a picture as possible.

We apprised him that what has been given is no where near OROP and it all tantamounted to bureaucracy cheating us the Veterans and misleading the leadership. 

He agreed that what has been given is not OROP but assured that they have given this much for now. More will follow.

We then submitted that the recent Koshyari Committee had worked out the expenditure of Rs 1300.00 crores for grant of full OROP. The  Cabinet Secy's Committee has not even given 25 % of what OROP signifies and has announced the sanction of Rs 2300.00 crores, almost twice the amount required for meeting this one single most important demand of OROP for the last 31 years. 

With this  one stroke, not only they achieved their aim of denying us our rightful dues but also conveying to the leadership how generous they are, as against our demand of Rs 1300.00, they have sanctioned 2300.00 crores. Indirectly also conveying to the leadership how ungrateful and greedy we the veterans are that an amount of Rs 2300.00 crores also does not make us feel grateful to the Gov't and satisfied.

We also submitted what we feel may have been done to bloat this figure -

Bureaucracy has been misleading the leadership for over 15 years on Rank Pay which the Fourth CPC had granted and very proudly denied to the Veterans by the bureaucracy. Recently the Govt lost that case. The Hon''ble Supreme Court has directed the Govt to pay the dues amounting to Rs 1600.00 crores within three months with interest. This being the Supreme Courts final order has to be carried out.

We submitted that obviously, the bureaucracy has clubbed this amount of Rs 1600.00 crores with another Rs 700,00 crores of the total amount of Rs 1300.00 crores required for OROP and made it Rs 2300.00 crores. 


We then appealed to him to please have the matter investigated. Any body found guilty of misleading the leadership should be punished. We further appealed that the Gov't should also take appropriate action to find out the persons who were responsible for the sufferings of the veterans in Rank Pay case. Once they are identified they should not only be proceeded against but also made to pay the interest amount to the affected veterans.

I am glad to say that The Raksha Mantri gave us a very patient hearing and we expect that the more to follow comes up fast.

Lt Col Inderjit Singh
Chairman
Mob : 09811007629



















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                                  LETTER TO RM ABOUT DETAILS OF AWARD AS UNDERSTOOD BY US
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We have worked out a paper on what the Cabinet Secretary Committee has conceded.

I attach the same for your kind information.

As per our understanding what has now been conceded is what the Sixth CPC had recommended to be given to the pre -2006 retirees  of the Armed Forces but denied to them by the bureaucracy. The 6th CPC applicability of the same is to be effective wef 01 January 2006 But the  Cabinet Committee has made applicability from September 2012 despite the fact that AFT had earlier given ruling that the date be wef 01 January 2006 as recommended by the 6th CPC. So, what is given is not OROP but release of recommendations of 6th CPC less the justified arrears effective 01 January 2006.
 
The Hon'ble
Sh AK Antony
The Raksha Mantri
Govt of India
New Delhi 110001
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EFFECTED PENSION DETAILS
 
            Refer Press Information Bureau, GOI, MOD Press Release, ID NO. 87954 dated 24.9.12 Points observed after studying the Union Cabinet approval recommendations of Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary for the benefits to Ex-servicemen on four issues are forwarded.
 
1.         One Rank One Pension (OROP).  First of all heading should be changed either No, One Rank One Pension or Bridging the Gap.
 
(a)        Pre-2006 (PBOR’s).    Refer Para 1(i) OF pib DT 24.9.12 pre 2006 JCO’s are not at all benefited, other ranks are benefited by only Rs 219/- to Rs 510/- PM, whereas there is a difference of more than Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 3500/-from Sep to Hav.  This likely increase in the pension of Pre -2006  pensioners is due to 2 yrs weightage being allowed to Sepoy to Havildar in case of Pre&Post 2006 retirees.
 
                                                            EXAMPLES
 
Rank
Years
Group
Existing
Pension
Likely
Pension
Difference
Circular No 430
Table No
Sep
15
Y
4603
4879
276
2
Sep
17
Y
4879
5339
460
2
Nk
17
X
5750
6210
460
11
Nk
19
Z
5060
5436
376
15
Hav
22
X
7140
7650
510
21
Hav
24
Y
6564
6783
219
24
 
(b)        Post 2006 (PBOR). As pensions of Post 2006 is 50% of last pay drawn after serving for 15 years, whereas pre 2006 retirees pension is determined shall be the pension for 33 years of  of reckonable qualifying service including rank weightage for lesser period of qualifying service the amount shall be reduced.  In case of post 2006 Sepoy to Havildar their pension is more than Pre 2006.
 
©         JCO’s Pre and Post 2006.  There is no likely increase in the pension of pre & post 2006 JCO’s, because pensions of Post 2006 JCO’s was lesser than pre 2006 retirees after implementation  of PCDA(P) Circular No 430 dt 10.3.10.  The pensions of Post 2006 was stepped up equal to Pre 2006.
 
(d)        Honorary Commissioned Officers. Nothing is mentioned in Press Release of PIB about Honorary Commissioned Officers’s in OROP Section.  During every Pay Commission prior to 6th CPC a fixed Pay and Pension was fixed for HCO’
                                                        
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                                                EXAMPLE
 
                                              IVTH CPC                                         VTH CPC
Rank
Pay
Pension
Pay
Pension
Hony Lt
3300
1650
10500
5250
Hony Capt
3400
1700
10850
5425
 
                                                  VITH CPC
 
Rank
Pay Band
Grade Pay
MSP
Pension
Hony Lt
16500-39100
5400
6000
13500
Hony Capt
16500-39100
6100
6000
13850
 
Note:- Minimum Fitment Tables for Hony Lt & Capt was not listed in any of the SAI 1/S/2008, SNI 1/S/2008 & SAFI 1/S/2008, because of only one pay scale for each rank whereas wef 1.1.2006 it was supposed to be as follows :-
 Rank                5th CPC Pay                 G.P      MSP    Pay          Pension
 
Hony Lt            10500  x 1.86  +          5400 +6000  =30930 / 2      =15465           
Hony Capt        10850  x 1.86  +          6100 +6000  =32290 / 2      =16145
 
Note :- Kindly refer Hon’ble AFT Chandigarh Judgement in OA 50 of 2011 dt 30.5.204, Hardev Singh and others vs UOI and others.
 
(e)        Commissioned Officers. Refer Para 1(ii) of PIB regarding pensions of pre 1.1.2006 Commissioned Officers. The pensions of Commissioned Officers is to be stepped up with reference to minimum of Fitment Table for the rank instead of  the minimum of Pay Band.
 
                                                EXAMPLE
                                                            VTH CPC
 
        
Rank       Pay      Rank Pay   Total                      GP             MSP                     Likely
                                                                                                                                Pension
Lt            8250 +  Nil             =8250x1.86        + 5400      +  6000 = 26750/2      =13500
                Capt        9600 +  400             =10000x1.86      +6100       +  6000 = 30700 /2     =15350
                Major     11600+ 1200           =12800x1.86      +6600       +  6000  = 36410 /2    =18205
 
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RANK WISE PENSION OLD AND NEW
 
Rank
Existing Pension
Likely Pension
Difference
Lt
13500
13500
Nil
Capt
13850
15350
1500
Major
14100
18205
4105
Lt Col
25700
26262
 565
Col
26050
27795
1745
Brig
26150
29145
2995
Maj Gen
26700
30350
3650
 
 
2.         Enhancement of Family Pension (Pre-2006).  Refer Para 11 (i) of PIB regarding enhancement of family pension.  The family pension of Commissioned Officers, Hony Commissioned Officers, JCO’s/Ors is to be stepped up based on the minimum of fitment Table instead of the minimum of Pay Band.
 
Examples
 
* Commissioned Officers as per Minimum fitment tables.
Rank
Proposed Pension
Proposed Family Pension
Lt
13500
8100
Capt
15350
9210
Maj
18205
10923
Lt Col
26262
15757
Col
27795
16677
Brig
29145
17487
Maj Gen
30350
18210
 
JCOs/OR
 
** As per minimum Fitment Table of Pay
Rank
Group
Pay Mininum
Proposed Pension
Existing Pension
Sub Maj
X
21690
6507
5250
Sub Maj
Y
19360
5808
4830
Sub
X
20560
6168
5190
Sub
Y
18880
5664
4770
Nb Sub
X
18340
5502
5070
Nb Sub
Y
16660
4998
4650
Hav
X
13920
4176
3500
Hav
Y
11640
3500
3500
Nk
X
12850
3855
3500
Nk
Y
11040
3500
3500
Sep
X
12240
3672
3500
Sep
Y
10250
3500
3500
 
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Note :-For JCOs/OR refer next part also, The family pension worked out as per formulation at (i) above or the pension on the basis of stepping up with reference to the minimum of fitment table, which ever is beneficial.
 
3.         Dual Family Pension. It is a welcome step.
 
4.         Family Pension to mentally/physically challenged Children. It is also a welcome step.
 
Implementation date :- Should be wef 1.1.2006 or 1.7.2009.

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LETTER TO RM ABOUT OUR ASSESSMENT OF THE OROP AWARD - 29 SEP

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In July this year, after assessing the situation arising as a result of ongoing unrest in the Armed Forces, you were very truthful when you warned the Prime Minister about the possibility of things turning bad.

The entire Veterans community admired you for that as that was the strongest representation of our cause by any Raksha Mantri I had seen in the past thirty one years. Our hopes and aspirations rocketed sky high as it was the first time any body had ever put across the true picture about our legitimate demands. These were however short lived.

The first knock we got when the Prime Minister appointed a Secretaries Committee under the Cabinet Secretary to attend to our most legitimate and some very longstanding problems. The most important of these being OROP.  When all this happened I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and also sent you a copy. I enclose a copy for your kind information. I never expected it to reach his desk and I have been proved right.


The disastrous trends started showing up when there was no representation of the Armed Forces or Veterans in the Committee. The turning down of the appeal of even the three Chiefs on this issue was an ominous sign of impending disaster. Which did finally happen.

I wish to most emphatically state that over the past thirty one years, what ever we got, it was through the Congress Gov'ts. Other parties firstly did not understand our problems, when we did explain to them they flattered to deceive.
                                                                                  
Since the Congress genuinely wanted to solve our problems they had developed a culture of forming committees with our representation on these, so that correct decisions based on facts are taken for solving our problems. Thus earning the sobriquet of being the most friendly party of the Armed Forces. This reputation is at stake with all the latest developments.

The High Level Empowered Committee, 1990 was the last one in which we were represented when we ensured that the bureaucracy did not get away with their lies. Many problems including OROP as a result got solved.
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That is what the bureaucracy could not tolerate and set about creating a new culture of forming inter ministerial committees, Cabinet secretary's committees or a GOM  in which we were left out to enable them to play havoc with every demand of ours. All such committees are set up to get rejection certificates of our demands by lying to the leadership. The more powerful the Chairman the more powerful the rejection certificate. In 2009 they got a certificate which they have been throwing at us. Now they have got another one which they will utilize to bury OROP for ever.

What they must be doing in the proceedings of the Committee is evident from the Rs 2300.00  crores expenditure on our demands they have sanctioned.

Recently Koshiary Committee had worked out the expenditure on grant  of full OROP as Rs 1300.00 crores. They have not given us even a fraction of OROP but want us to believe that the expenditure on what trash they have worked for us is Rs 2300.0 crores. Can the leadership ask them to explain how this figure has been worked out. 
I cant say for sure till I inspect the files, but what I can make out is that they fudged the figures to brow beat the leadership into accepting their views of rejecting OROP.

As you are aware, the Govt has finally lost the case with regard to Rank Pay after a prolonged litigation. The expenditure for that is Rs 1600.00 crores with which the bureaucrats can no more fool around as it has to be paid within three months Add to that Rs 1300.00 crores for OROP, the total works out to Rs 2900.00 crores. To my mind they have clubbed the Rank Pay amount with Rs 700.00 crores of the Rs 1300.00 crores of OROP and made it Rs 2300 .00 crores. Rs 1000.00 crores more than what Koshiary Committee recommended. How clever and a half. They killed two birds with one stone. First, they have achieved their aim of denying OROP and more than that they have impressed the leadership of their generosity in giving more than their dues. In fact what they have given is a matter of disgust.

By denying the Veterans OROP the bureaucrats have not only shattered the hopes and aspirations of the veterans, but have also added salt to their injured feelings.

I therefore appeal to you to kindly scrap the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary and grant us all that is our legitimate due before it is too late. You perhaps would recollect that your promise of 21 Feb 2010, to give us full parity with Sixth CPC rates,  is yet to be fulfilled.

Further start an inquiry for making an example of the bureaucrats responsible for lying to the leadership about OROP and delaying the dispensation of justice to the officers in Rank Pay case for more than 15 years.

That is the least we expect from our Messiah who took up our cause strongly earlier.
 
The Hon'ble
Sh AK Antony
The Raksha Mantri
Govt of India
New Delhi 110001
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                                      OPEN LETTER TO HON'BLE PRIME MINISTER  ON 19 JULY
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To,
            The Hon’ble
Dr. Manmohan Singh
            The Prime Minister
            Govt of India
            7 Race Course Road
            New Delhi
 
Subject :      GRANT OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION
Respected Prime Minister Sir,
We have been pleading for grant of One Rank One Pension (OROP) ever since 1982. This demand is supported by over seven hundred Members of Parliament through their Party Manifestos at one time or the other, besides it had been agreed to by five Prime Ministers in the past. We have however lost count of the number of times it has been strongly recommended by Parliamentary Committees.
2.         The latest one was the Koshyari Committee of the Parliament appointed to consider the longstanding demand of One Rank One Pension (OROP). This Committee submitted  their report in Dec 2011 to the Parliament recommending in the strongest possible terms the immediate grant of OROP. This report was rejected by the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri on 20 Apr 2012. Thereafter during the briefing by the MOD on 17 May to us, about rejection of OROP by the RM, the matter was revived by the Hon'ble RRM when he directed the Secretary of the ESM Deptt to prepare the case for OROP with all its implications for discussion in July.

3.         We had been waiting for July to finalize the matter  and suddenly we hear that a Committee under the Cabinet Secretary has been appointed to consider OROP and other matters. We have yet to come out of the havoc created by the earlier Cabinet Secretary Committee and here we are saddled with another one. The earlier Committee which was appointed to correct the shortcomings of the Sixth CPC, instead destroyed every system of working of dues of Armed Forces. What should we be expecting from these Gentlemen when in their earlier AVTAR they went out with a vengeance to destroy all  that was good for us?
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4.        We therefore submit that this noble initiative on your part will turn out to be an exercise in futility, unless we are  represented on it. Such committees dealing with our problems without our say in these, are got approved by the bureaucrats not only to mislead the leadership but to also obtain a REJECTION CERTIFICATE OF OUR SUBMISSIONS, which they can quote to the next Govt also. The more powerful the Chairman of such committees the more powerful the REJECTION CERTIFICATE. They already got one from the Cabinet Secretary the most powerful one, which they were throwing at our faces, now they want another from him so that the OROP is buried for ever.
5.        The last Committee in which we were represented was the HIGH LEVEL EMPOWERED COMMITTEE in 1990, of which you as  the Finance Minister and I as representative of Ex servicemen were Members. In the proceedings the bureaucracy tried to mislead the leadership but could not get away due to our presence and presentation of the truth. As a result the entire leadership was ready to give OROP, but could not do it due to serious resource crunch, when to run the affairs of the Nation you sent our gold reserves to UK. Finding our presence too hot they probably took an oath not to have our representative in any such Committee in future and started the fashion of inter ministerial committees, the GOMs Committees and Cabinet Secretaries committees for achieving their aims of keeping us out. So much so that two Defense Ministers, heading two GOMs, who promised to invite me for presentation of our case before taking any decision, were not allowed to do so. One of them happened to be one of the most powerful ministers of the Cabinet.
6.       On 17 May briefing in the MOD, after some discussions  the RRM was very kind to give very clear cut orders to the Secretary to prepare a case for OROP for discussions in July. The Secretary had no way to avoid doing what was right  by the Veterans. Do we believe that the present Committee has been appointed to wriggle out of the corner in which the secretary had landed himself in during 17 May briefing?
7.         Respected Prime Minister Sir, it is time to get the problems of the Armed Forces sorted out in their entirety rather than do window dressing and again leave some kinks in the armory for the Bureaucrats to manipulate things and bring us back to square one.
8.         The first step in solving our problems is to grant OROP by a Cabinet approval and direct the Paying Authorities to implement. There is no need for further examination of this problem as it has already been flogged several times in the last thirty years of us taking it up with various Govts and acceptance by five Prime Ministers including Indiraji on 25 Jun 1983 and Rajivji on 13 Mar 1987. The Paying authorities also  do not need any guidance or support from the bureaucrats as they have all the wherewithal, knowledge and the necessary work force to do it.

9.         The answer to our other problems does not rest in the Cabinet Secretary Committee from which we are kept miles away for them to play havoc with us. Please therefore cancel their appointment unless we are represented. For satisfactory results you need to take definite worthwhile steps without which we will be landed in further trouble. This means appointment of an Interim Pay Commission to undo the damage done by the earlier Cabinet Secretary Committee and also address other problems which have come up later. Your Govt had accepted our demand for appointing separate Pay Commission for the Armed Forces in 2006/2007. There should therefore be no problem in appointing an Interim Pay Commission now
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10.        With your kind initiative we may get some of our problems solved for now. This however is not going to end our agony unless your own Philosophy of THINKING OUT OF THE BOX is put into practice for bringing about a radical change in the entire set up of the Defense Forces. What is required is  the creation of instruments through  which we can ensure that such a situation does not arise. The following minimal actions need to be taken:-
a) Institutionalized inter action with the leadership on regular basis. A separate Standing Committee of Voluntary Associations (SCOVA) for Defense Ministry on the same lines as in Ministry of Pensions would meet the bill.
b) Ex servicemen Department of the MOD to be staffed by retired and serving officers and men.
c) Representation of the Armed Forces at all levels of decision making in the MOD. Armed Forces are the only uniformed Services which have been denied this privilege, resulting in all round trust deficit, which is sad for us all and dangerous for the Integrity of the Nation.
d) Ex servicemen Commission be set up with full powers, on the same lines as of other Commissions like Minorities Commission.
11.        We look forward to an early response and announcement of acceptance of all that has been submitted above and definitely before you come on the ramparts of the Historic RED FORT on 15 August
Yours faithfully,
Lt Col Inderjit Singh (Retd)        
Chairman
Copy to :-
The Hon’ble
Smt. Sonia Gandhi
Chairperson, UPA
10, Janpath
New Delhi
 
The Hon'ble
Sh AK Antony
The Defense Minister
Govt of India
New Delhi -110011
The Hon’ble
Sh. M M Pallam Raju
Raksha Rajya Mantri
Govt of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi -110011
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Gen Bikram Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM,VSM, SM, ADC**
Chief of The Army Staff
Army Headquarters.
South Block
DHQ PO
New Delhi 110011
 
Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, PVSM, AVSM,VM, ADC
Chief of Air Staff
Air Headquarters
Vayu Bhawan
New Delhi -110011
 
Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma, PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Chief of Naval Staff
Integrated Headquarters of MoD (Navy)
DHQ PO
New Delhi-110011

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