Sunday, 31 May 2015

VETERANS BETRAYED

ALL INDIA EX SERVICES WELFARE ASSOCIATION

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(We Were THIRTY YEARS YOUNG On 21 Nov 2011)
 
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Dear Friends,

General

We have been pursuing the implementation of OROP ever since 22 Feb 1982 when we first put it up to the Prime Minister.

Our Messiah

When Modi ji on 15 Sep 1913 announced the acceptance of OROP if he came to power, we all thought that this is the end of long and tedious struggle at last. We all got to seeing that he wins the Elections.  

Our First Deadline   

The Modijis Party came to power with an overwhelming majority and the parleys started to interpret OROP into concrete terms so that the Govt letter can be issued for its disbursement. As this exercise was getting prolonged unduly, we sent a letter to PM asking him to control the bureaucracy and issue the letter by 31 Dec 14 or else we would consider that he wants some more sacrifices from us. To win him over we would gladly do it. Our plan was to undertake an indefinite fast as we did in 1987 and 1997.

MOD's Request For More Time

In Dec 14 we received a letter from MOD to exercise restraint as the matter was being resolved and would be settled soon. We accepted the advice of the MOD and fixed 31 Mar 15 as new date for making the sacrifices. In Mar 15 we got another letter advising us to give some more time as the matter was being resolved soon. We again accepted the advice and fixed 30 Jun as the fresh date as deadline. This date is still firm and we are going to act if the Govt fails us again whether any other initiative is taken or not..

PM's Commitment

The Veterans were hoping that he will announce OROP  at the Rally to Celebrate one year in office on 25 May. When he did not say a word about it, the whole community of Veterans were seething with anger. Wing Co Suresh Karnik and another officer took it upon themselves to express their anguish by refusing to attend the function organised for Defence Minister. To control the damage done by those officers the PM has made a statement assuring Veterans that his Govt was fully committed to implementing OROP. He also announced that all his commitments will be fulfilled in five years. Thats what the position is as far as the leadership is concerned.

Bureaucratic Game Plan

While the leadership wants to give within five years at least, the bureaucracy who for the last 33 years have been  scuttling every leadership initiative have worked out their own plan about giving this a final burial. They are going to delay its award till the 7th CPC is ready to take it over. Once they are ready they are going to tell the leadership, since they have failed to resolve this issue, despite efforts by all, why not give it for working it out to the 7th CPC. A proposal to which leadership will gladly accept. Then the CPC which comprises mainly of Bureaucrats will be told to reject it. Once it is rejected by them they will come up to say look it has been rejected by an independent Statutory Body how can it be given. With that the final burial of this issue. Even leadership will agree with this and wash off their hands. 

This trash i have been confronted with during Fifth CPC also.

Joint Action

As the situation is this is as good as dead issue. Our notice for action after 30 Jun stands. Why not we all resolve to follow this Resolution we sent in August 2015 now unitedly. First this was to be carried out by us and our supporting organisations, now it will be all the Veterans. We can pass a Resolution and send it to the Govt signed by all organisations.

If acceptable we can work out the Resolution earlier which can be signed on 06 Jun when we meet. We can then set up an operational room and run it till we achieve our objective. 

If acceptable we can meet on 03 Jun in my office. Mutually acceptable time can be fixed for the meeting.


Regards

Lt Col Inderjit Singh
Chairman, AIEWA
Mob : 0 9811007629

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