Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Voice of ex-servicemen society team met Hon. Defence Minister, Mr.Manohar Parrikar and the following are the discussions and responses:-

1. We raised the issue of VRS and sought clarification - Minister clarified that the issue was not never related to Jawan JCOs, it pertains to officers only.

2. On revision of of Pension every 5 Years, Minister explained that Army has agreed for the same in writing so there is no change possible.

3. We raised issues of group wise segregation of pension for Jawans, which is not paret of the definition of OROP as passed by parliament. In our argument, we brought out that Officers both technical and non technical get same pension, why discriminate for jawans - Minister said that other officer organisation accepted this division of Group X and Y. Also it would further cost 600 cr. to club them together. Hence not possible to club them at this point. - Our response is we will continue and intensify our fight.

4. We raised equal MSP and 75% pension issues - Minster responded that the same will be part of 7th Pay commission, where as our stand was to treat it as part of 6th Pay commission - Our Stand is the we will explore both legal and agitational modes to fight for our right.

5. Various other discrimination issues: We raised other discrimination issues like sevadari system, CSD and Reservations for officers in all DGR posts.- Minister responded that we can have more detailed meeting on these issues at a future date. 

Over all, Voice of ESM Society, considers this meeting as path breaking and a giant step towards elimination of discrimination. Though no immediate results neither expected nor assured - we believe this progress will take Jawan JCO issues to fore front and policy makers ' agenda.

Varadarajan National Vice-President

Kindly note that in a reliable video I learnt that it was Def Min who made the noting that other Paramilitary personnel could ask 'OROP' in the file sent to PM.

It is evident that COAS and Def Min are not innocent as made out to be.

We need to get the notification on OROP and file a writ in SC for all deficiencies in it.

With best regards,

PS Nath
Naval Veteran
(Lt Cdr PS Nath, Hyderabad)


(Source- Via e-mail from Lt Cdr PS Nath Naval Veteran) 


UNITED FRONT OF EX -SERVICEMEN                             

Dear Friends,

1.  Govt has not yet implemented OROP which had been sanctioned by two parliaments, By UPA Govt on 17 Feb 2014 and by NDA Govt in its Budget in June 2014. President in his addresses to both houses of Parliament included implementation of OROP as priority action.

2. However, UPA Govt allotted only Rs 500 Crs and NDA only 1000 Crs whereas the amount required was Rs 8000 – 9000 Crs.

3. Today is 114th day of our Protest Movement at Jantar Mantar and at many other locations in the country.

4. On 5th Sep 2015, the Govt announced implementation of OROP but the statement made by RM has created more apprehensions in the mind of Defence Fraternity regarding the intention of the Govt to implement OROP as per the approved definition without any dilution.

5. In order to inform the people of the Country, we have initiated “Social media War” through all available mediums since the Govt seems to have gagged the Press both print and electronic since our Rally at Jantar Mantar New Delhi on 12 Sep 2015.

6. In addition, we have decided to conduct Rallies all over the Country.  Rallies have been held at Dehradun, Nagpur, Ambala, Agra, Gurdaspur, Khanna, NOIDA, Vadodra.  Largely attended and covered Press Conf has been held on 04 Oct 2015 at Patna.  Another Rally is being held at Hamirpur in HP on 08 Oct 2015.  A Sangrash Rally has been planned to be held at Jalandhar on 18 Oct 2015 from 10.30 hrs to 14.30 hrs.  During this Rally, we wish to showcase solidarity of the retired defence fraternity.

7.  All ESM are requested to attend Jalandhar Rally in large number and make it an historic Rally with Grand Success.
9.   Rallies have also been planned in Bombay, TN, MP, AP and KK.

10.  The above activities and more are being conducted across the Country to inform the people about the grave injustice being done to the Defence Fraternity.

11. Friends, spread the message of Punjab Rally across the Country to ensure that a very large number attends.

12.    Treat this letter as most urgent for action.


With Regards,   
Yours Sincerely,
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)                                                                                   
Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen Chairman IESM                                                                                                                      
Mobile: 9312404269, 0124-4110570                                  

(source- via e-mail)         

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kleptocratic India : The enemy within - By MG Devasahayam

Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, ("rule by thieves") is a form of political and government corruption where the government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of its officials and the ruling class at the expense of the wider population, often with pretence of honest service. This type of government corruption is often achieved by the embezzlement of state funds.

The existence of an octopus-like MAFIA in the financial arena is no secret. That it has gone to kleptocratic extremes has been vividly brought out in the gfiles cover story of September (Loot in name of the farmer). The ‘embedded bureaucrats’ listed in the write-up have been conspiring to sell ‘bloated air’ to fleece the farmers and small investors of their flesh and bones. It is extremely distressing to see that some of the names, including of senior civil servants, are well known and even well regarded. Is it conceivable that they were so overtaken by love of Mammon so as to fall easy prey to a small-time stock trader? Is it because this conniving carpetbagger “deals with tons of money every day by dominating all of India’s assets: equities, currency, commodities, derivatives, power and precious metal and the forex trade,” makes billions in the process and throws some crumbs at these worthies?

Why have governance standards in India, with one of the finest civil service structures in the world, descended to such deplorable depths? We need to seek the answer by going back four decades. Being from the pre-Emergency vintage of the IAS, I was the District Magistrate of Chandigarh, joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, before, during and after the Emergency. Both these States enforced Emergency rules with rigour and ruthlessness. Therefore, I have grass
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roots knowledge of what happened during that period.

As the custodian-in-jail of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan (JP), the ‘enemy-number-one-of the- State’, who was arrested by the District Magistrate, Delhi, and sent to me for safe custody, I dealt with the Delhi Administration, Union Home Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Secretariat (PMS), and therefore, had a macro-level view of the functioning of Delhi’s ‘power centres’. The collapse of democratic governance and its institutions that we witness. Tragically, several AIS officers have willingly entered into this kleptocratic pact in return for plum ‘commercial’ postings during service, coveted ‘independent directorships’ and an ever-multiplying government sinecure after retirement!

Today had its origin during that period, starting with the breakdown of the elite All-India Services (AIS). The strategy adopted by the rulers then was akin to the ‘Trojan Horse’ described by Homer in his legendary epic, Odyssey. It is a tale of deceit and subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and end the conflict, which they could not win otherwise. For centuries and generations, this episode is remembered as the epitome of ‘betrayal of trust’!

A similar thing happened to India’s democratic governance during the Emergency. The Indian version of the Trojan Horse was set in motion on the fateful night of June 25-26, 1975, as top leaders of the opposition, including JP, Morarji Desai and AB Vajpayee, were triumphantly returning from the massive rally at the Ramlila Grounds, Delhi, after sounding the ultimatum to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, indicted for electoral corruption by the Allahabad High Court, to resign forthwith.

By that time the Trojan Horse, filled with a ‘committed’ bureaucratic- police coterie, had been smuggled into the Prime Minister’s Household (PMH) and positioned in the Home Ministry, Delhi Administration and Police. On a signal from the PMH, these wolves pounced on and arrested the opposition leaders and shut down the newspapers by cutting off electricity so that the news of the Emergency was unreleased. Within hours, they formalised the Emergency and proclaimed draconian rules and regulations to choke the media and extinguish people’s freedom and liberty.

The Emergency thus ushered in, ripped apart India’s delicately crafted and carefully nurtured democratic fabric and the institutions of governance. A new type of regime and new criteria of allocation of rights and obligations were sought to be legitimised. The real issue was the abrogation of any sense of boundary or restraint in the exercise of power, and the striking arbitrariness and arrogance with which citizens were turned into subjects. Democracy was replaced with a crude form of autocracy. Most of those who facilitated this belonged to the covenanted services of the IAS and IPS, meant to defend and safeguard our democratic republic!

Today, things are worse. In its judgement in the ‘Blackmoney Case’ (July 2011), the Supreme Court talks of the “unholy nexus between lawmakers, law
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keepers, and lawbreakers”, clearly indicating that a State-sponsored kleptocracy runs the country. A kleptocracy is a deviant system wherein government departments and public institutions are commandeered for the benefit of carpetbaggers and packed with their loyal retainers. Tragically, several AIS officers have willingly entered into this kleptocratic pact in return for plum ‘commercial’ postings during service, coveted ‘independent directorships’ and an ever-multiplying government sinecure after retirement!

This has turned Delhi into a kleptocratic den with loots and scams galore. These have been cropping up like mushrooms in recent times —Commonwealth Games, ISROAntrix- Devas deal, 2G Spectrum, Godavari basin gas, National Spot Exchange, imported nuclear deals, thorium loot, Air-India mega purchase, and the biggest of them so far, Coalgate, where crucial files have gone missing! In all these massive cases of corruption, not one bureaucratic head has rolled. In fact, key players in these scams and scandals are being meticulously shielded and protected by ‘caging’ the CBI and sabotaging the instruments of Parliament, like the Public Accounts Committee and the Joint Parliamentary Committee! For pushing the Indo-US nuclear deal, Parliament itself was compromised!

But the humongous nature of defence purchase scams, that vitally affect the nation’s security, takes the cake. Here, even the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, the “most important officer under the Constitution”, has been brought into the kleptocratic network. This IAS officer has been joint secretary, additional secretary, director-general of acquisitions, officer on special duty and, finally, secretary in the Ministry of Defence from 2003 to May 2013, when he was seamlessly shifted as CAG as if it was just another routine bureaucratic transfer! During his long tenure in the ministry, he has been closely associated with many policy/ purchase/acquisition decisions and deals spanning the Army, Navy and Air Force. Most of these have become stinking scams due to wheeling and dealing and huge kickbacks. They are either under the CBI scanner or CAG scrutiny (see box). Now he is himself CAG and can cover up everything. What a wonderful kleptocratic pact.

The Union Public Service Commission, that recruits the crème de la crème of India’s civil services, has also not been left out. Here, the coveted position of Member, UPSC has gone to the loyal retainer of a State land/real estate mafia. For eight long years, this IAS officer has been deputy principal secretary, principal secretary and, on re-employment, officer on special duty to the Haryana Chief Minister. In these capacities, he has been handling the State’s Town & Country Planning (TCP) Department, which, during this period, plundered Gurgaon district and issued colony licences and change-of-land-use certificates for thousands of acres in the State, causing a loss to the exchequer running to Rs 3.5 lakh crore due to land frauds. This officer also managed to scuttle an ongoing ‘performance audit’ by the CAG on these frauds, that included the DLF-Vadra land deal. It looks as if the UPSC has lost its virginity!

By all accounts, the Haryana Government, which has successfully transformed the State into real estate in the past few years, has put together a neat kleptocratic network. The newly appointed UPSC member is not the only one to have a long stint in this network. Others include his successor as principal secretary to the CM,
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The humongous nature of defence purchase scams, that vitally affect national security, takes the cake. Who has already spent seven years as director, TCP Department, and its principal secretary. Another one is following suit with more than three years as director, TCP. As against this, the crusader against this network, Ashok Khemka, who had already seen 40 transfers in 20 years of his career, was allowed to stay for just 80 days in the job from where he had blown the whistle. Now, as per Chief Secretary (On extension) PK Chaudhary, for cancelling Vadra’s land deal, Khemka is being charge sheeted for administrative misconduct that could attract major penalties. UPSC membership and high-profile positions for the looters and gallows for the crusader! Can the IAS-anchored kleptocracy get any worse?

Kleptocratic India is fast moving towards being a ‘failed State’. Several senior and middle-level members of the AIS, more particularly the service I once belonged to, are the root cause of this. Because, without their concurrence, connivance and collaboration, no kleptocratic network could ever emerge, exist or expand. Wailing and shifting blame on politicians is pointless. Because the enemy is within, hidden in the underbelly of the Trojan Horse, the universal symbol of betrayal!

(Source- Via Gp e-mail)



PCDA had issued the circular 549, which re-iterates the provs contained in Cir 547.


(source- PCDA website - )

Monday, October 5, 2015




"""4. However, in case, the consolidated pension/family pension calculated as per Para 4.1 of this Ministry’s letter No. 17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Pol) dated 11.11.2008 is higher than the pension/family pension calculated in the manner indicated above, the same (higher consolidated pension/family pension) will be continued to be treated as basic pension/family pension. However, where revised pension in terms of GOI, MOD letter No. PC 10(1)/2009-D (Pen/Pol) dated 08.03.2010 and No. 1(13)/2012/D(Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013 is higher than the rates indicated in annexure attached with this letter, the same will be continued to be treated as basic pension/family pension from 1.07.2009 and 24.09.2012 respectively.

5. Accordingly,revised tables indicating minimum guaranteed pension/ Ordinary Family Pension has been annexed as

Annexure-A for Army pensioners 
Annexure-B for Air Force pensioners 
Annexure-C for Navy pensioners 

Pension Disbursing Authorities are hereby authorized to step up the pension/family pension of the affected Pre-2006 pensioners where the existing pension being paid to the pensioners in terms of Ministry’s above letter dated 11/11/2008 as amended, is less than the rate of pension indicated in above said annexure. 

6. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged. 

7. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 01.01.2006 and arrears, if any, shall be allowed from 01.01.2006 up to the date where revised pension/family pension in terms of GOI, MOD letter No. PC 10(1)/2009-D (Pen/Pol) dated 08.03.2010 and No. 1(13)/2012/D (Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013 is lower. """




Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to go fishing. He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. 

The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days.
So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen. 

On the way he met a farmer on his donkey. 

Upon seeing the king the farmer said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area". 

The king was polite and considerate, he replied: "I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional, and I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way." 

So they did.

However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a shameful condition. 

Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to fire the weatherman at once! 

Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of royal forecaster. 

The farmer said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about fore-casting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain." 

So instead, the King hired the donkey on the spot. 

And thus began the ancient-old practice of hiring asses to work in the government and occupy its highest and most influential positions...

(SOURCE - Col Y P Chopra ( Retd )


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