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  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times
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  • Updated: May 04, 2016 20:23 IST

Dr Jagdish Sonkar says his action, as seen in this photo, was ‘unintentional’. (Pic from social media)
A young IAS officer in Chhattisgarh faced social media abuse on Wednesday after a photograph showed him standing and talking to a sick child’s mother with his left foot resting on the steel rail of a hospital bed.
The incident happened when Dr Jagdish Sonkar, the 2013-batch IAS officer who has a medical degree, visited a government hospital for a routine inspection and interacted with mothers of malnourished children being treated there.
He is the sub-divisional magistrate of Ramanujganj in Balrampur district.
Sonkar told Hindustan Times that he went to the hospital with a good intention and examined some patients as well. “My action was unintentional and avoidable,” he said.
He showed no remorse even after social media panned him for his uncivil manners, which amounted to showing disrespect to people.
For his “arrogant and insolent act”, livid netizens rechristened the IAS as “India’s Arrogant Service”.
Twitter user Aniket Devdhar posted: “The term ‘public servant’ has lost its meaning long ago.” Fellow tweeple Kanchan Gupta shared the photo and wrote: “Meet Chhattisgarh IAS officer Dr Jagdish Sonkar. He has a MBBS degree. He clearly knows his place in this country.”
When chief minister Raman Singh came to know of the officer’s insulting gesture, he said he will instruct the chief secretary to teach him manners.
“He needs to learn. There are codes of conduct for IAS/IPS and other officers to be followed in the right earnest.”


Dear All,

The Guilty should be Jailed n the corruption money, brought back, soon..OR BOOT OUT THE GOVT IN 2019 .Please read below, an article by Brig A Bajpai.

well said sir.

Col A Sunder Rajan

Points in succeeding paragraphs make it very clear that both the ruling Modi Govt who should be vigorously investigating this Chopper Gate scam but are not doing so and the top congress leaders as also the bureaucrats who took the bribe in this 3600 corer scam of Chopper Gate are all quietly passing the buck to ex IAF chief and vice chief in connivance with the ruling Govt, well knowing that these IAF officials may be involved but they are very small fry’s and would have got only the crumbs. 

All efforts are on to save the real culprits. Why it is so? 

This Modi Government must explain to people of India. If Modi Govt does not go into the depth of this case then they should forget coming back to power in 2019 because people of India are not fools.

• Ex Air Chief Tyagi and his Vice Chief Gujral may have helped in framing the parameters of this deal in such a way that only Augusta Westland remains eligible for the contract but the contract giver was the Ex-Defense Minister Antony of Congress on approval of Dr Manmohan Singh, the pseudo PM of India, real PM being Sonia Gandhi. Antony could have refused to bring down the flying ceiling of the helicopter from 6000 meters to 4500 meters. 6000 was a must because in NE and ladakh there are places where an helicopter may have to land at 5000 meters and above. The euro copter had qualified for it but this was rejected because it had become single vendor deal. But then Augusta Westland helicopter AW101 which can only fly up to a flying ceiling of 4500 meters also became a single vendor deal, so why did we go for it?

• In Feb 2013 when Italy arrested the officials of Finmeccanica the parent company of Augusta west land who actually produces this helicopter, on the charges of giving bribes to people in India for sale of this helicopter, so CBI then had no option but to register an FIR against Augusta Westland. But then its Director Ranjit Sinha did not send the copy of this FIR to ED directorate, despite two reminders from ED Dte for nine months. Why? 

ED Dte could not start the money laundering case against Augusta without this FIR. So why Ranjit Sinha is not being summoned to answer that on whose orders he delayed the whole proceedings?

• ED Director having got the copy of the FIR after nine months as also other documents thereafter took no further action why? Why CBI is not calling him to answer these questions?

• The court of Appeals judge in Italy sought Indian cooperation in investigating this Chopper Gate but in Milan courts judgment it is clearly mentioned that Indian Govt of Manmohan Singh gave it no help why? 

What was Congress trying to hide? 

Modi Govt came to power on 26 May 14. Why Modi Govt also gave no help to Italian court?

• In the main judgment of the Italian court of appeals given on 8 April 2016 there are hand written notes attached of the accused in which names of then Dir Defense Acquisition and now CAG Mr Sharma's name is there as bribe taker along with then Defense Secretary and Joint Defense Secretary. 

Why CBI has not summoned them for questioning?

From all this it is very clear that both the BJP and the Cong does not want this case to be taken to its logical conclusion and the culprits punished. 

They want to punish small fry’s like IAF ex chief and then keep silent. 

The lesson that the Armed Forces Chiefs must learn from this is to start showing spine and be scrupulously honest. 

Whether Neta or Babu do not allow them to fire gun from their shoulders or not.

If any scam takes place expose the guilty publicly of course with proof. 

The reason BJP is going soft on Congress is because each of them have skeletons in their cupboards and any direct exposure will result in skeletons falling all over from respective cupboards. 

It is now necessary that people of India prevail on these Netas to come out clean and, if necessary, force Modi Govt to launch serious investigations.

Nothing less should do.

(Source- Via e-mail from Col S Sunder Rajan (Retd)

खुद नहीं, कोई आयोग बढ़ाए सांसदों का वेतन: पीएम मोदी

नई दिल्ली। 

वित्त मंत्रालय की मंजूरी के बाद भी सांसदों के वेतन बढ़ोतरी की प्रक्रिया पूरी होने में समय लग सकता है क्योंकि अब प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने इस पूरी प्रक्रिया पर ही सवाल खड़े करते हुए कहा कि सांसदों को अपना वेतन खुद ही नहीं बढ़ाना चाहिए। 

सूत्रों के मुताबिक पीएम मोदी ने कहा है कि सांसदों के वेतन में बढ़ोतरी के लिए एक ऐसी प्रक्रिया अपनानी चाहिए जैसे कि सरकारी कर्मचारियों के वेतन बढ़ोतरी के समय होती है। सूत्रों के मुताबिक पीएम मोदी ने कहा है कि सांसदों का वेतन भी किसी आयोग के तहत जैसे, पे कमीशन आदि से तय किया जाना चाहिए। 

संसद की विशेष समिति ने सांसदों के वेतन में बढ़ोत्तरी की सिफारिश की थी। इसके तहत सांसदों का वेतन 50 हजार से बढ़ाकर एक लाख रुपये प्रति माह करने की सिफारिश की गई है। 

इसके साथ ही संसदीय क्षेत्र का भत्ते को 45 हजार से बढ़ाकर 90 हजार करने की अनुशंसा की गई। विशेष संसदीय समिति की इन सिफारिशों को अगर मान लिया जाता है तो सांसदों के वेतन में दोगुना बढ़ोत्तरी हो जाएगी। 

अभी सांसदों का कुल वेतन भत्ता 1 लाख 40 हजार है, जो बढ़कर सीधा 2 लाख 80 हजार रुपए हो जाएगा। योगी आदित्यनाथ की अगुवाई वाली समिति ने पेंशन में भी 75 फीसदी बढ़ोत्तरी करने का सुझाव दिया है। 

विशेष समिति की ये थी सिफारिश? 

दरअसल संसद की विशेष समिति ने सांसदों के वेतन में बढ़ोतरी की सिफारिश की थी, जिसे वित्त मंत्रालय ने मंजूर कर दिया है और अब केवल पीएम नरेन्द्र मोदी की मंजूरी की दरकार है, जिसके बाद इसे कैबिनेट में पास करके संसद में एक विधेयक पारित कराना होगा। सूत्रों के अनुसार, पीएम नरेन्द्र मोदी सांसदों के वेतन में दोगुना बढ़ोतरी के पक्ष में नहीं है। 



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Date: Mon, May 2, 2016 at 2:47 PM

Subject: Presentation with One Man Judicial Commission


Dear all,
Since the OROP tables have been received, there is a presentation with Hon'ble Justice(Retd) LN  Reddy, One Man Judicial Commission on 06 May 2016 at 1600 hours.  Anomalies/observations noticed in OROP Tables may please be sent by email by 04 May 2016.  This may please be accorded top priority.

with regards
Col KS Yadav, SM(Retd)
General Secretary


Monday, May 2, 2016


The Ministry of Finance has issued orders that pending cases concerning revision of pension consequent to the government removing the requirement of having 33 yrs service to earn full pension should be processed by May 31. The revision would increase the pension of the central employees concerned. The provision of having 33-year service for earning full pension was done away with in 2006 on implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, but this benefit was not extended to pre-2006 pensioners and the pension in such cases was being calculated with the proportionate reduction. In April, orders were issued to bring them on par with post-2006 pensioners.Orders issued by the Central Pension Accounting Office on April 27 have directed all principal chief controllers of accounts, chief controllers of accounts, controllers of accounts, accountant generals and UT administrators to revise such cases by using e-revision applications available on official networks.Over 93,000 cases from 54 Central ministries and departments are pending for revision consequent to the April 6 order. The highest number (58,629) is from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

(Source- Sanjhamorcha blog/The tribune)


On 24 April 2016, three soldiers of the Indian Army lost their lives during a high-profile military exercise in Rajasthan. The deaths were attributed to the excessive heat, injuries sustained while para dropping from helicopters and snake bites. In this context, we delve into the life expectancy of soldiers and non-combat related injuries or health issues of soldiers.

Indian Army dress rehearsal for Republic Day Parade. (Photo: Reuters)
Most nations recognise the inherent stress and strain of military service and its detrimental effect on the health and daily lives of soldiers. India does too. But only in theory, not in practice.
Lip service galore, zilch on-ground support.
Contrary to popular perception, the life expectancy of soldiers is lower than their civilian counterparts. The reason is not difficult to understand. Soldiers live in a regimented lifestyle, away from their families and at times under the shadow of the gun for most of the year. Covered by a tough disciplinary law for twenty-four hours, they face unique stressful conditions which aggravate even regular diseases and ailments.
There is little doubt that soldiers face higher stress levels than ordinary citizens living with their families. This is because soldiers are away from commune living and so, cannot adequately cope up with domestic commitments and stresses.
But in a strange and ironic kind of incorrigibility, it is the defence establishment which is not ready to accept this proposition – a statement which is not rocket science but just common sense.
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Soldiers disabled by high stress levels and other ailments are released from service without regular pension or disability benefits.
Despite Supreme Court orders, Army headquarters has filed appeals against tribunals which have granted disability pension to soldiers.
According to the rules, for a soldier recruited in fit medical condition, any disability is considered to be influenced by service conditions.
Still, benefits are refused on excuses such as ‘disability was incurred in a peace area’ or ‘disability was due to domestic stressors’.
Contrary to popular perception, the life expectancy of soldiers is lower than their civilian counterparts.
Indian Army dress rehearsal for Republic Day Parade. (Photo: Reuters)
Indian Army dress rehearsal for Republic Day Parade. (Photo: Reuters)
Denying Basic Human Dignity to Soldiers
Medical specialists all over the world recognise higher stress and strain in uniformed forces. All democracies endorse this. Disability rules in India also state the same. The Prime Minister feels this to be true. And so does the Defence Minister. The apex military medical body is in agreement. Even the courts, including the Supreme Court, have issued directions along these lines.
But still, many of our disabled soldiers are released and sometimes even thrown out of service on medical grounds, without regular pension or disability pension. This denies them a life of basic dignity – on the pretext that their disabilities were declared ‘neither attributable to, nor aggravated by military service.’
This declaration by military medical boards is a blatant disregard of practical realities, to say the least.
Also Read: Shashi Tharoor on the Declining Status of the Indian Armed Forces
When such soldiers fight long legal battles for their dues, the official establishment is quick to file appeals all the way up to the Supreme Court. And why? In order to deny these soldiers and their families a few thousand, and at times a few hundred rupees. The officialdom is comfortable wasting money and resources on expensive lawyers and litigation. But not with releasing lesser amounts to those who have served us.
Nothing could be more shameful for us as a nation.
An Indian army soldier mans a gun inside his bunker in Odusaa, 79 miles west of Srinagar. (Photo: Reuters)
An Indian army soldier mans a gun inside his bunker in Odusaa, 79 miles west of Srinagar. (Photo: Reuters)
An Indian army soldier mans a gun inside his bunker in Odusaa, 79 miles west of Srinagar. (Photo: Reuters)
Hostage to File Notings?
The Supreme Court, in a series of decisions, has directed the Ministry of Defence to grant benefits to disabled soldiers. The Defence Minister constituted a Committee of Experts to look into rising litigation against soldiers, of which incidentally I was a Member. The Committee also recommended the withdrawal of such litigation as well as appeals by the Ministry of Defence against its own soldiers.
Despite all this, recently, elements in the Ministry of Defence had asked the Army Headquarters to file appeals in the Supreme Court against tribunals and court orders wherein disability pension had been granted to disabled soldiers.
And it seems, the Army Headquarters has readily complied.
Having worked for disabled soldiers for close to two decades now, what pains me greatly in writing this, is the fact that even though all stakeholders, including the political executive, are on board and there are all encompassing directions of the highest court of the land, the system is held hostage to contemptuous file notings of lower level officials.
These notings are purportedly based on some legal advice egging on the establishment to file appeals against verdicts rendered in favour of disabled soldiers. The Headquarters of the Defence Services are also meekly accepting this bloodbath, without taking a strong stand on file by pointing out this malaise to the powers that be.
(Photo: iStock Photo)
But, What Do The Rules Say?
Our rules, paradoxically, are liberal and sensitive.
The rules provide that in case a soldier is recruited in a fit medical condition, then any disability arising during service, except when caused due to his or her own illegality such as substance abuse, is deemed as having been affected by service conditions.
This presumption is not unique to India but is followed in almost all democracies. This is because the harmful effects of insidious and invisible pressures of military life are known to manifest themselves negatively on the health of soldiers.
On 24 April 2016, three soldiers of the Indian Army lost their lives during a high-profile military exercise in Rajasthan. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook page of ADGPI)
Still, benefits are refused on unforgivable excuses such as ‘disability was incurred in a peace area’ or ‘disability was due to domestic stressors’ without realising that the inability to attend to personal requirements has a direct link with the military – since it is due to service in the defence services that a person is not there all the time to take care of his or her domestic needs. This is a fact even recognised by successive defence ministers, who themselves have underlined the rise in stress levels faced by soldiers.
Additionally, soldiers living in barracks need permission, even to go to the washroom, are required to sign registers and take an out-pass for a visit to buy a toothbrush from the market. They are denied basic needs such as physical proximity, emotional warmth or even sexual fulfilment for months together.
In such circumstances, it hardly matters whether they are serving in a ‘peace’ area or ‘field’ area. And to top it all, the rules anyway progressively provide that service in ‘peace’ or ‘field’ makes no difference for disability benefits.
On 24 April 2016, three soldiers of the Indian Army lost their lives during a high-profile military exercise in Rajasthan. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook page of ADGPI)
On 24 April 2016, three soldiers of the Indian Army lost their lives during a high-profile military exercise in Rajasthan. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook page of ADGPI)
In the ultimate analysis, it seems that it is not the directions of the apex court or the will of the political executive that would be allowed to prevail in our homeland but the sadistic urge of a few stray voices that are holding the morale of our nation to ransom. The courts are clogged with mundane disputes and unwanted litigation thereby burdening the judiciary to unprecedented levels. And here we are, in this great nation of ours, wasting taxpayers’ money in fighting cases against our own disabled soldiers, the ones who silently sacrificed their health to protect us.
Shame on all of us.
(Major Navdeep Singh is a practising Advocate in the Punjab & Haryana High Court. He was the founding President of the Armed Forces Tribunal Bar Association. He is a Member of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War at Brussels. He is also the author of “Maimed by the System”, a collection of real life accounts of military veterans and their families who had to fight to claim their rights.)