Monday, January 26, 2015

Recognition of Good Deeds

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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This Gorkha soldier, single handedly, without caring for his own safety, held off 40 goons with his knife killing three and injuring eight, who tried to rape a woman in a train. All he got was a memento awarded by his own Commanding Officer. I am sure if his case for a Gallantry Award was taken up, he could very well have got a Peacetime Gallantry Award like Kirti Chakra or Shuaraya Chakra. What a pity?

Belated Information on the Gallant Soldier

Bishnu Shrestha is a retired Nepalese Gurkha soldier in the Indian army and recipient of the Sena Medal for bravery, and the Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak medal, both awarded for his gallant conduct during an armed train robbery. Wikipedia

Modi Government is set to big announcement on Budget in view of 7th Pay Commission


Good days will come for Central Government Employees, get 6% dearness allowance
It is certain that 6% increase in DA is guaranteed. Here it is necessary to mention that the DA is increased twice in a year. Central government employees are paid from the first of January and July.  As we're told that the DA is 6 percent of total will be 113%. But it is also a provision that if the DA crossed 100 mark will be merged in the basic salary. The employee unions are pressing hard for the merger of DA in the basic pay. But neither the government nor the Seventh Pay Commission is committed at this point. The government has also not in mood to merge the DA in the basic pay. If that happens, this will be bad news for the employees.

Union workers are now engaged on the expected budget has to be presented in February. Employees are hoping that the finance minister will must bring good day for them. On the other side the employee organizations has started to pressure on government to merge the DA in basic pay. The employees union are also pressing for provision of fund for implementation of Seventh Pay Commission in the budget. Trade union leaders are confident that a big announcement can be in budget . (See the article in picture)

आम बजट पर सातवें वेतन आयोग को लेकर मोदी सरकार कर सकती है बड़ा एलान
नयी दिल्ली,(त्तपस जोशी) 0 1 जनवरी, 2016 2015 से केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को 6% मंहगाई भत्ता और मिलने की संभावना है।  इस तरह केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों का कुल महंगाई भत्ता 113% हो जायेगा।  मंहगाई भत्ते की लागू तिथि 01.01.2016 01.01.2015 होगी।
मंहगाई भत्ता उपभोक्ता मूल्य सूचकांक (Industrial Workers) से जुड़ा हुआ होता है।  सरकार CPI-IW के पिछले 12 महीने का हिसाब किताब करके महंगाई भत्ता तय करती है।

महंगाई भत्ते की गणना छठे वेतन आयोग द्वारा सुझाये गये फार्मुले के हिसाब से की जाती है।  महंगाई भत्ता गणना आैद्योगिक श्रमिकों के लिए उपभोक्ता मूल्य की 12 महीने की औसर के आधार पर की जाती है।  उपभोक्ता मूल्य सूचकांक (औद्योगिक श्रमिकों), पिछले चार महीने यानि कि अगस्त से नवम्बर और यहाँ तक कि दिसम्बर में भी 253 पर स्थिर बना हुआ है।  उपभोक्ता मूल्य सूचकांक (औद्योगिक श्रमिकों) दूसरे महीनों यानि कि जनवरी, फरवरी, मार्च, अप्रैल, मई, जून और जुलाई में 237, 238, 239, 242, 246 ओर 252 रहा।  मिलता है तो कुलं महंगाई भत्ता 1 1 396 हो जायेगा ।  1 जनवरी से लेकर 31 दिसम्बर, 2014 के बीच औद्योगिक श्रमिकों के लिए खुदरा मुद्रास्फीत‍ि की दर को ध्यान में रखकर अंतिम फैसला लिया जायेगा।  इस प्रकार इस वर्ष औसत महंगाई दर तकरीबन 6.3% रही।
जैसे की मंहगाई दर निरंतर घट रही ऐसा लगाता नहीं कि यह दर 6 के आंकड़े को पार करेगी।  इसलिए यह निश्चित है कि महंगाई भत्ता 6% मिलना तय है।  यहाँ यह बताना जरूरी है कि महंगाई भत्ता साल में दो बार बढ़ाया जाता है।  केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को इसका भुगतान पहली जनवरी और पहली जुलाई से किया जाता है।
जैसा कि हम पहले भी बता चुकें हैं कि अगर महंगाई भत्ता 6 फीसदी मिलता है कुल महंगाई भ्‍ात्ता 113% हो जायेगा।  लेकिन यह भी प्रावधान है कि अगर महंगाई भत्ता 100 का आंकड़ा पार कर जाता है तो इसे मूल वेतन में मिला दिया जायेगा।  महंगाई भत्ते की मूल वेतन में शामिल करने की मांग को लेकर कर्मचारी संगठन लगातार सरकार से दो दो हाथ कर रहें हैं।  लेकिन न तो सरकार न ही सातवाँ वेतन आयोग इस बात पे हामी भर रहा है।  सरकार भी इस मूड में नजर नहीं आ रही है कि महंगाई भत्ते को मूल वेतन में शामिल किया जाये।  अगर ऐसा होता है तो कर्मचारियों के लिए यह अच्छी सूचना नहीं होगी।
अब केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों की उम्मीद फरवरी में पेश होने वाले बजट पे लगी हुई हैं।  कर्मचारियों को आशा है कि वित्त मंत्री उनके लिए अच्छे दिन जरूर लायेंगे।  उधर कर्मचारी संगठनों ने भी सरकार पर महंगाई भत्ते को मूल वेतन में शामिल करने को लेकर दवाब बनाना शुरू कर दिया है।  कर्मचारी संगठन इस बात को लेकर भी दवाब बना रहे हें कि इस बजट में सातवें पे कमिशन की शर्तों को लागू करने के लिए धन का प्रावधान किया जाए।  ट्रेड यूनियन के नेताओं को भरोसा है कि बजट पर कोई बड़ा एलान हो सकता है।

(Source- CG Employees blog)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A poem by a Serving Officer - Oh India…. Why do I still serve you

Angst of a Serving Defence Personnel

E-mail forwarded to me

Date: Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 7:33 PM
Subject: Fwd: 
Oh India…. Why do I still serve you A Poem by a serving Officer

Am sure all of you will go through this poem.
J K Kaushik
96th Pilots Course
Dear All

I received this mail today.  It very beautifully describes the angst of the Armed forces against continuous betrayal by the Country. Worth a read. 

A poem by a young Indian Army Officer.

It has been composed by a fourth generation, 24-year old career officer in the Indian Armed Forces, spurred by the report of the Sixth Pay Commission and an insensitive article written by a 'respectable' citizen of the country in a national daily on the armed forces and the pertinence of the Sixth Pay Commission therein.

This free-flowing verse has not been edited; it's to ensure that the originality of the angst is maintained. After all, when you are in pain, the language of expression is the last thing in your mind

Author Unknown


“How you play with us, did you ever see?
At Seven, I had decided what I wanted to be;
I would serve you to the end,
All these boundaries I would defend.

Now you make me look like a fool,
When at Seventeen and just out of school;
Went to the place where they made "men out of boys"
Lived a tough life …sacrificed a few joys…

In those days, I would see my 'civilian' friends,
Living a life with the fashion trends;
Enjoying their so called "College Days"
While I sweated and bled in the sun and haze…
But I never thought twice about what where or why
All I knew was when the time came, I'd be ready to do or die.

At 21 and with my commission in hand,
Under the glory of the parade and the band,
I took the oath to protect you over land, air or sea,
And make the supreme sacrifice when the need came to be.

I stood there with a sense of recognition,
But on that day I never had the premonition,
That when the time came to give me my due,
You'd just say," What is so great that you do?"

Long back you promised a well to do life;
And when I'm away, take care of my wife.
You came and saw the hardships I live through,
And I saw you make a note or two,
And I hoped you would realise the worth of me;

But now I know you'll never be able to see,
Because you only see the glorified life of mine,
Did you see the place where death looms all the time?
Did you meet the man standing guard in the snow?
The name of his newborn he does not know...
Did you meet the man whose father breathed his last?
While the sailor patrolled our seas so vast?

You still know I'll not be the one to raise my voice
I will stand tall and protect you in Punjab Himachal and Thois.

But that's just me you have in the sun and rain,
For now at Twenty Four, you make me think again;
About the decision I made, Seven years back;
Should I have chosen another life, some other track?

Will I tell my son to follow my lead?
Will I tell my son, you'll get all that you need?
This is the country you will serve
This country will give you all that you deserve?

I heard you tell the world "India is shining"
I told my men, that's a reason for us to be smiling
This is the India you and I will defend!
But tell me how long will you be able to pretend?
You go on promise all that you may,
But it's the souls of your own men you betray.

Did you read how some of our eminent citizens
Write about me and ridicule my very existence?
I ask you to please come and see what I do,
Come and have a look at what I go through
Live my life just for a day
Maybe you'll have something else to say?

I will still risk my life without a sigh
To keep your flag flying high
But today I ask myself a question or two…
Oh India…. Why do I still serve you. "


Some Ex-PMs Compromised Country's Deep Assets on National Security (Plans to send MOD officials to bords for 15 days to sensitize on hardships of Armed Forces - Then may be several files will be cleared fast): Parrikar

Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar on Thursday alleged that some former PMs had compromised the country's "deep assets" on national security but refrained from naming them.

Parrikar said he did not give details about Coast Guard ops involving a boat coming from Pakistan as the "source (of information) might be compromised"."I am not going to disclose names. Many people know" Parrikar said after releasing a special issue of the Hindi weekly Vivek, on national security.

Taunting the Congress for demanding evidence on the recent Coast Guard ops against a Pakistani vessel carrying suspected terrorists, he said, "However, now a days nothing can be said with certainty as Congress spokespersons say good things about Modi Govt." Parrikar said taking a swipe at Janardhan Dwivedi.

Parrikar said there were differing perceptions between India and China on the Line of Actual Control. "We have not taken the issue of border security seriously. Tomorrow if war were to take place and at the same time if there were riots in some parts of the country, it would be difficult (situation)," Parrikar said.

Highlighting the need for media to exercise restraint on sensitive issues like terror attacks, Parrikar compared the TV coverage of recent Paris terror attacks and the 26/11 Mumbai attacks."In Paris, not a single body was shown and not a drop of blood was seen on TV. Contrast this to our live coverage. I 'm not criticising but we should have this sense" he said. Similarly,real reason for what happened after Godhra incident in 2002 was the disturbing photos shown (by media)," Parrikar said.

"Tomorrow somebody may file a PIL complaining that the decibel level of firing on the border exceeds 140 decibels after 10 pm norms and that it disturbs their sleep,"Parrikar said. "Only exception is loud speakers atop certain holy places where nobody objects even if the loudspeakers blare till 1 am” he said.

Parrikar said he plans to send Defence Ministry officials to border for 15 days to sensitize them on hardships faced by armed forces. "Then maybe several files will be cleared fast" the Defence Minister said.

(Source- Vasundhra blog) 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Chairman IESM, Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) writes to Raksha Mantri for Delay in Implementing OROP

Shri Manohar Parrikar
Hon’ble Raksha Mantri
104, South Block
New Delhi-110011


Hon’ble Raksha Mantri

            This has reference to our meeting with you on 09 Dec 2014 and IESM letter dated 02 Jan 2015.
            We the ex-servicemen have been waiting for the last 11 months for the implementation of OROP and have been relentlessly projecting to the Govt the need for early action.  You have also consulted other ESM Organisations, the three services HQs and the officials of MoD on this important demand of defence personnel.  However, for the reasons best known to you, the Govt Notification has not yet been issued.  This is a cause of serious concern.

IESM has decided to hold a Rally on 01 Feb 2015 at Jantar Mantar New Delhi to voice our concern to the Govt and also inform to the people of India about the grave injustices perpetuated on the soldiers.  This Rally, in no way, is to confront the Govt but to exercise our right to project our demands and concerns in a democratic setup.  Sir, we have a few questions to be asked from the Govt and these are:-

  • Does it take 11 months to issue a letter for a full majority Govt? 

  • When the OROP has been accepted in principle by the Govt and necessary funds have been catered for why is this undue suspense and delay in issuance of notification?

  • When PM of the nation has confirmed at three different occasions after taking oath as PM and innumerable times during campaigning for elections that OROP is his personal commitment to Armed Forces, why has the notification not been issued?

  • Why is MOD resorting to selective leaks to test the reaction of veterans? In fact these leaks are deliberate to test the strength of opposition to dilution of OROP.  Ex-servicemen have been short-changed many times by manipulative bureaucracy and hence are very apprehensive of this unexplainable delay. 

  • Why is Government hesitating to commit that OROP letter will be out by so and so date and why is the Govt buying more time? You have now given a time line till 25 July 2015, whereas you informed us on 09 Dec 2014 that the decision will be taken within a month?  

  • Why can't Government issue the notification of OROP by 01 Feb 15. What is holding issuance of the notification? All process of consultation and acceptance and approval has been completed.

  • Why is the Govt hesitating to  clearly spell out that OROP will be implemented in full and as per the approved definition as given out in Govt Executive Orders dated 26 Feb 2014 and repeated by RRM on 02 Dec 2014 on the floor of the House in Rajya Sabha?

Approved definition of OROP as given by RRM in Parliament is given below:-

Implementation of One Rank One Pension 

            The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government. 

            One Rank One Pension (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 enhancement in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. (DM/HH/RAJ, Release ID: 112372).

            Sir, any dilution to the concept and definition of OROP will not be acceptable to the Defence Fraternity.

            Ex-servicemen request the Govt to issue the Implementation Notification of OROP at the earliest please.  IESM will be very happy to thank the Govt during the Rally if the letter is issued before 01 Feb 2015.
            With regards

Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) 
Chairman IESM

Copy to :-

Shri Rao Inderjit Singh
Raksha Rajya Mantri
C-1/14 Lodi Garden
New Delhi - 110 003

General Dalbir Singh                              
PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC          
Chief of the Army Staff 
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Army)
South Block, New Delhi-110011

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha                                                      
PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC                                                                    Chief of the Air Staff & Chairman,
Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC),                                  
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Air Force) 
Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011

Admiral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, 
Chief of the Naval Staff                                                             
Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy)  
South Block, New Delhi -110011


A few developments and then some....


I just thought of updating readers on a few issues.

The current Raksha Mantri has admirably made a statement of ‘not pursuing’ approximately four to five thousand appeals filed by the Ministry of Defence against disabled soldiers. Though the Ministry had no other choice in wake of the decision of the Supreme Court dismissing more than 800 such appeals on 10 December 2014, the move is still welcome and reflects a change for the better in the way political leadership perceives such issues. It remains to be seen however as to how the ensconced mandarins in the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW) of the Ministry and the Personnel Services Directorate (PS Directorate) of the Army HQ would be tamed. With a sensitive political leadership and a proactive Adjutant General currently in chair, things appear positive.

Mr Derek O’Brien and Ms Smriti Z Irani were two MPs who had shown concern in the Parliament about disabled soldiers and the litigation unleashed on them by the Ministry of Defence and also about the injustice to them even by military medical boards. Mr O’Brien has penned a short opinion on the subject in which he has graciously mentioned Ms Irani too- readers may like to peruse it by clicking here.

Lot of noise has been made with many veterans writing letters to the current Raksha Mantri condemning his move and thought-process of basing OROP on the number of years spent in the retiring rank. This assumption and perception is incorrect and imaginary. As far as I know, there is NO MOVE of calculating OROP based on the length of service in the last rank. What the Minister, and later Col Rathore, were trying to convey was that personnel retiring with similar service in the same rank were today superannuating at varied stages of pay (and hence pension) and efforts were on to harmonize the situation and arrive at a figure of OROP for each rank. Yes, there are elements in the bureaucracy who would not like to see the actual definition of OROP through, but I am sure they are not having such a free run in the current dispensation. The proof of the pudding however, of course, is in the eating.