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Political parties now think strike and hartals are injurious to their interests
As part of tactics, definitely shorn of sincerity, the CPM has now come out with the observation that strike and hartal should be announced very cautiously.

There may be good many reasons for ordering strikes and hartals/bandhs, but these forms of agitation do not attract enthusiasm from the ordinary people. That is, those people who are not pol
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One Rank, One Pension still away
MOD NOTIFICATION OF ENHANCEMENT OF PENSIONS OF JCOS AND JAWANS NOWHERE NEAR GRANT OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION: EX SERVICEMEN MEDALS DEPOSIT PROTEST ON 14 MAR 2010 TO CONTINUE



1. Notification issued by the Defence Ministry of the enhancement of pensions of old Defence Pensioners are no where near the grant of One Rank One Pension. The Committee of seven secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary did not recommend OROP. It equated the Pre 1997 pensions with Post 1997 and Pre 2006 Pensioners, thus removing a 12 years old anomaly. But the difference between the pre and post 1.1.2006 pensioners stays untouched. After implementation of the above notification, pre 2006 retiree Sepoy with 17 years of service will get a basic pension of Rs 5465 per month, whereas a Sepoy with same years of service who retired after 1.1.2006 is getting Rs 7045/- per month. For subsequent retirees there will be further enhancement of pensions due to the yearly increase of 3 % in the pay scales.

2. Although the Govt had announced in the Parliament on 06 Jul 2009, earmarking of Rs 2144 crores for implementation of enhancement of pensions to remove the 12 years old anomaly, no action to implement this enhancement was taken.

It required the prodding by Shri Mr. LK Advani in the Lok Sabha reminding the Govt to fulfill their commitment. The Hon’ble Prime Minister in his reply on 3 & 5 Mar 2010 misinformed the Parliament that the enhancement of pensions of Jawans and JCOs had been implemented as promised while in actual fact the same has now been done on 08 Mar 2010. This indicates an indifferent attitude of the Govt towards the genuine entitlements of Defence Personnel.

3. The apathy shown by the Govt towards the genuine demand of the Ex Servicemen has driven the gallant soldiers to the wall and they have resolved to continue with the protest Movement. Accordingly, the protest scheduled on 14 Mar 2010 at Jantar Mantar New Delhi wherein a delegation led by Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Chairman IESM will hand over the medals and memorandum signed in blood to Her Excellency the President who has been requested to kindly make it convenient to receive the same in person. .

4. All members of the media are requested to cover the event extensively to inform the people of India about the mistreatment of Military by the Govt.

Jai Hind

Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Vice Chairman Indian ESM Movement
Mobile: 9312404269, 0124-4110570
Email : satbirsm@yahoo.com
   
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