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Rahul Gandhi meets ex-servicemen over one-rank-one-pension issue

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Source :http://www.newsonair.com/news.asp?cat=National&id=NN11299

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today met ex-servicemen at party headquarters in New Delhi. Mr Gandhi discussed about One-Rank One-Pension issue.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Gandhi alleged that the government is delaying the implementation of the scheme for retired military personnel. He urged the government to fullfil its promise of One-Rank One-Pension made to the ex-servicemen.

BJP today rejected Congress President Rahul Gandhi's charge that government is delaying One Rank, One Pension scheme for ex-servicemen. Talking to AIR, party spokesperson G V L Narasimha said NDA government is committed towards implementing the scheme soon. He alleged Congress President and Vice President have now started talking about ex- servicemen and farmers, who they neglected during ten years of UPA rule.

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Will pressurise govt to resolve 'one rank one pension' scheme soon: Rahul Gandhi

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Attacking the government over non-implementation of 'one rank one pension' 
scheme, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he will "pressurise" the Centre to act on the issue at the earliest.
After meeting a delegation from the ex-servicemen cell of the party, Gandhi said the UPA government had made provisions for the scheme and had even allocated money but the Narendra Modi government failed to implement the scheme.
"One year has passed of the NDA government, of the Modi government and it has not proceeded ahead with the issue. They (ex servicemen) had knocked the doors of the government, but nothing materialised. Army, Navy, Air Force take care of the nation, secure our borders, their demands should be met.
"We had alloted money and also taken a decision. One year has passed and this should happen at the earliest. We will pressurise the government and ask them to take a decision at the earliest," Gandhi told reporters after the meeting with the delegation at the AICC headquarters in Delhi.
Former minister of state for defence and Congress leader Jitendra Singh accused the government of being anti-soldier. He said the UPA government first took an initiative on the issue in 2006, then in 2009 and 2013.
Singh said the party fears that the government was "diluting" some of the provisions.
"There were some discrepancies of about 10-20% in the OROP scheme. We even cleared that in 2014. We also ensured that handicap persons and widows would get benefit.
"But it has been a year now and the government has still not implemented OROP. This government is anti-soldiers (sainink virodhi). We had sat on a dharna at Jantar Mantar on February 1 this year. We were given an assurance by the government that the problem will be solved in seven days, but nothing has happened yet.
OROP, a long standing demand of ex-servicemen's associations, relates to payment of uniform pension to defence forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.
Col (retd) BC Lagwal, head of the party's ex-servicemen cell in Himachal Pradesh, demanded that the government expedite the process.

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Rahul Gandhi to Meet Ex-Servicemen and Demands for ‘One-Rank-One-Pension’

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NEW DELHI: Amid growing demands for ‘one-rank-one-pension” for ex-servicemen, Rahul Gandhi will now be taking up their cause by meeting representatives of former military personnel and war widows at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi today.
Party sources said that Mr Gandhi is taking up the cause of “one-rank-one-pension” at a time when there is unhappiness among ex-servicemen over non-implementation of the scheme.
Congress alleges that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone back on his words on the issue after promising to implement the scheme for retired military personnel.
The demand for one-rank-one-pension scheme made by soldiers had been acceded to by the Congress-led UPA government and announced again by the BJP after it came to power last year. The UPA government had even allocated Rs 8,300 crore budget for the scheme.
Reports suggest that the Comptroller of Defence Accounts has estimated that the cost of one-rank-one-pension could be as high as Rs 9,300 crore.
Earlier, the Congress Vice President had taken up a variety of issues including the protests against the land acquisition bill to woo farmers, real estate bill to empathise with urban middle class, and protection of youth through net neutrality.
source: NDTV

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FACILITIES FOR ANTI CANCER TREATMENT IN ECHS

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Central Organisation, ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
Integrated Headquarters
Ministry of Defence (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt-110010
B/49770/AG/ECHS/2015
19 May 15
IHQ of MoD (Navy)/Dir ECHS (N) Air HQ (VB)/DPS
HQ Southern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Eastern Command (A/ECHS) HQ Western Command (A/ECHS) HQ Central Command (A/ECHS) HQ Northern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ South Western Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Andaman & Nicobar Command (A/ECHS)
FACILITIES FOR ANTI CANCER TREATMENT
1. Ref following letters:-
(a) Central org ECHS letter No B/49773/AG/ECHS dt 10 Jan 05.
(b) CGHS OM No 1-1/13/Hospital Cell/R&H/CGHS (Pt.l)/C,GHS (P) dt 23 Feb 15.
2. ECHS beneficiaries shall be permitted to get themselves treated at any of the undermentioned 27 {Twenty Seven) hospitals funded by the Govt of lndia:-
(a) Andhra Pradesh – M.N.J Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre, Hyderabad.
(b) Assam – Dr.B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati.
(c) Bihar-lndira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science, Patna.
(d) Chandigarh-Post Graduate Institute Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh.
(e) Chhattisgarh-Pt.J.J.N Medical College & Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Hospital, Raipur.
(f) Delhi- Dr B.R. Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AllMS, New Delhi.
(g) Gujrat- Gujrat Cancer Research Institute, Ahmedabad, Gujrat.
(h) Haryana- Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak.
0) Himachal Pradesh-Indira_ Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.
(k) Jammu & Kashmir-Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar.
(I) Jammu & Kashmir-Government Medical College-Jammu.
(m) Karnataka-Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore. (n) Kerala-Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.
(o) Madhya Pradesh- Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Gwalior.
(p) Maharashtra-Rashtrasant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital & Research
Centre, Nagpur.
(q) Maharashtra-Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
(r) Manipur- Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal. (s) Mizoram- Civil Hospital, Aizwal.
(t) Odisha- Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack .
(u) Puducherry-Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research.
(v) Rajasthan- Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment & Research Institute, Bikaner.
(w) Tamil Nadu- Govt. Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Research Institute& Hospital, Kancheepuram.
(x) Tamil Nadu – Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai. (y) Tripura- Civil Hospital, Agartala. .
(z) Uttar Pradesh – Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow.
(aa) Uttar Pradesh- Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad.
(ab) West Bengal-Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata.
3. The reimbursement will be as per the rates fixed in the cancer centre/CGHS rates whichever is lower Tata Memorial Hospital rates 2012 as intimated would apply for onco surgery.
4. Follow up treatment from the same centre where permission has been granted earlier for cancer treatment is permissible .
5. Facilities for drawing of medical advance as per laid down procedure will also be available for treatment at these Centres.
(Vijay Anand)
Col
Dir (Med)
for MD

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Simplification of procedure for passport

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Simplification of procedure for passport: Rajya Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 1283 
ANSWERED ON 07.05.2015
Simplification of procedure for passport
1283 Smt. Sarojini Hembram 
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state whether Government is proposing to simplify the process of passport application/procedure in order to make the procedure simplified and user-friendly, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor ?


ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS [GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

The Government has taken the following steps to simplify the procedure for applying for passports:-

i. Passport Seva Project has been implemented which inter alia includes setting up and operationalisation of 77 Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) acting as extended arms of the 37 Passport Offices across the country.

ii. In the new system, passport seekers log on to the Passport website www.passportindia.gov.in; create their user ID and assign a password; fill & submit the application form online, make payment of passport fees online through debit/credit card or internet banking of State Bank of India (SBI). Applicants can also use the challan option provided on the portal and deposit the fees in SBI branch after generating challan online. Upon confirmation of payment receipt by SBI, applicants are allotted appointment by the System. On the appointed day/slot, the applicants, along with print-out of Appointment Slip, original documents and photocopies, visit the PSK for submission of application. The applicants are given on-line appointment in order to visit the PSK at the appointed hour and date to reduce waiting time at the PSK.

iii. Applicants’ presence at the PSK enables the Passport Issuing Authority to capture their photograph and fingerprints to prevent the incidence of impersonation. The applicants also get full opportunity to see and affirm their personal particulars to be entered in the passport to ensure issuance of error-free passports.

iv. The entire process under PSP is online and streamlined including interface with the Police for verification of personal particulars of applicants and with India Post for tracking delivery of passports.

v. The Electronic Queue Management System at the PSK ensures ‘first-in-first-out’ principle in application processing. The number of public dealing counters have been increased from the erstwhile 350 to 1610 and public dealing hours have gone up from 4 hours to 7 hours a day.

vi. The Passport Portal carries detailed information on the documentation necessary to submit passport application. Advisories are posted on the Portal from time to time and press releases are issued regarding changes in the submission procedure. A National Call Centre facility (1800-258-1800) is available 24 x 7 to respond to queries of citizens besides e-mail based Helpdesk. Facility of issuance of Tatkaal passport, subject to submission of requisite documentation, is available.

vii. As soon as passport is dispatched, SMS alert is sent to the applicant conveying the Passport Dispatch status. A premium optional SMS Service, on nominal payment basis, has also been made available to enable citizens to receive alerts and updates regarding detailed progress of their passport applications and pending actions. The service can be availed from any mobile phone.

viii. There are certain categories of applicants and services for which ‘walk-in’ facility is available.

ix. mPassport Seva mobile app provides passport related information including PSK locator, applicable fees, mode of submission and tracking of passport application status on smart phones.

x. With a view to address the challenge of digital divide, especially in the rural hinterland, the Ministry in association with M/s. CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. (which is promoted by the Department of Electronics and IT), has facilitated online filing of passport applications, through the vast network of over one lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs) across rural hinterland. The arrangement was firmed up in March 2014.

xi. In order to speed up passport issuance and meet high or seasonal demand for Passports, Passport Melas are organised from time to time on weekends at PSKs by Passport Offices.

xii. In order to provide closer and speedier passport services to people located far away from PSKs, Passport Seva Camps are organized from time to time at various locations in the country.

xiii. Passport Adalats, on need basis, are also conducted by Passport Offices to redress passport service grievances by dealing with citizens directly.

xiv. Simplification of procedure: No police verification is necessary for re-issue cases if there is no change in particulars. Aadhaar Card is accepted as one of the proofs of residence/identity. It has been decided to accept registered rent agreement as proof of address. The system of self-attestation of documents has been introduced replacing the requirement of attestation by gazetted officers. In addition to the photo passbooks issued by Scheduled Public Sector banks, photo passbooks issued by Scheduled private sector Indian banks and Regional Rural banks are also now accepted as proof of address and identity for applying for passports.
*****

Source: ENGLISH VERSION HINDI_VERSION

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One rank, one pension plan still being worked out

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The issue over one-rank-one-pension (OROP) scheme may not be resolved in the near future as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the “methodology of calculation” was still being worked out in consultation with the Defence Ministry.

Asserting the government’s commitment towards implementing the OROP, Jaitley said the Finance Ministry was in dialogue with the Defence Ministry on the methodology of calculation, hinting at no immediate resolution of the complicated issue.

About a month ago, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hinted at the OROP announcement at the first anniversary of the NDA government at a public rally. He had also acknowledged the complexities involved since the decision will have to be in accordance with two rulings from the Armed Forces Tribunal and Supreme Court.

Nearly 25 lakh families would be benefited by OROP scheme. When in the opposition, the BJP supported its implementation to the hilt, but the Congress-led UPA government cited financial constraints in realising the scheme.

As the NDA claims the methodology for OROP calculation was under the works, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to meet the ex-servicemen on Saturday to discuss the contentious issue.

For a long time, defence forces and ex-servicemen associations have demanded that uniform pension should be paid to the military 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 be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.

Source:http://www.deccanherald.com/content/479193/one-rank-one-pension-plan.html

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Centre committed to implementing 'One Rank One Pension' policy: BJP

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Criticising Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for politicising the 'One Rank One Pension' issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said the Centre is committed to its implementation.


"Our government is committed to the implementation of the 'One Rank One Pension' policy. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Defence Minister have clarified in the last two days that modalities involved the implementation of this have been worked out and it will soon be a reality. Rahul Gandhi is doing politics over this issue but he will not succeed," BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao told ANI.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier in the day met ex-servicemen at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi. After the meeting, he said that his party would mount pressure on the NDA Government to implement the scheme at the earliest.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his general election campaigns, had promised to implement OROP as soon as the BJP came to power.

' One Rank One Pension' has been a long standing demand of ex-servicemen's associations and relates to payment of uniform pension to defence forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

(SOURCE : ANI /ABP NEWS)

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RAHUL GANDI WILL PRESS UPON MODI GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT ONE RANK ONE PENSION SCHME

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G Mohan Kumar is Defence Secy

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G Mohan Kumar is Defence Secy

New Delhi, May 22
G. Mohan Kumar, an Orissa-cadre IAS officer of the 1979 batch, was appointed as the new Defence Secretary here today. Kumar, who hails from Kerala, will take over from RK Mathur, who superannuated after a two-year tenure.
Kumar is working as Secretary, Department of Defence Production and is India’s points-man in the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative with the US. Ashok Kumar Gupta, a Tamil Nadu-cadre IAS officer of the 1981 batch, will take over as Secretary, Department of Defence Production, replacing G. Mohan Kumar. — 

(Source- Tribune NewService)

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RM INTERVIEW WITH CNN IBN

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IMPLEMENT ONE RANK ONE PENSION SCHEME - RAHUL GANDHI

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ARVIND YADAV / HTThursday marked the 24th death anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi. Rahul and Robert Vadra share a lighter moment after attending the memorial held at ‘Vir Bhumi’ in Delhi.
Hoping to strike a chord with around 3 million ex-servicemen, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will this   week nudge the Modi government to deliver on its election promise to implement one-rank one-pension (OROP) in the armed forces.
Gandhi will meet a group of ex-servicemen at the party headquarters on Saturday where he will try to corner the NDA government, a Congress leader said.
Over the last few weeks, the three-time Amethi MP has been unsparing in his attacks on the Narendra Modi government over issues concerning farmers, landless labourers, netizens, middle class home buyers and fishermen.
Gandhi had raised the demand with the UPA government and persuaded the finance ministry to approve OROP. This would give retired soldiers of the same rank and the same length of service the same pension, irrespective of when they retired.
“I am on your side. I understand your concerns. You give your life for the country. I will do all that I can to see that your demands are met,” Gandhi had told a group of 1,000-odd ex-servicemen from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Punjab during an interaction in February 2014.
Congress leaders pointed out that the BJP had pledged to quickly roll-out OROP but appeared to be dithering on its implementation.
However, government sources hinted that the long-pending demand could be announced anytime soon, with a corpus of about ` 8,400 crore. The push for OROP will also benefit about 6,00,000 widows and 1.5 million serving military personnel.(SOURCE - HINDUSTAN TIMES)

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After Government Refuses to Acquire Jumbo Majumdar's Medals, Air Force Buys Them Itself

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After Government Refuses to Acquire Jumbo Majumdar's Medals, Air Force Buys Them Itself
World War-II veteran Wing Commander Jumbo Majumdar getting the Distinguished Flying Cross.
NEW DELHI:  With days left for a deadline to expire, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has used its internal funds to acquire the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and the war medals of the World War II veteran Wing Commander Jumbo Majumdar from the UK-based auction house Morton and Eden.

NDTV has learnt that the top leadership of the IAF was forced to use its internal discretionary funds after the Ministry of Defence refused to sanction 30,000 pounds (approximately R
s.
 28 lakh), the price fixed by Morton and Eden which had acquired the medals from Jumbo Majumdar's son Sailen Majumdar.

The IAF was forced to use its own funds after the Defence Ministry sent the file to the Culture Ministry to take a call on whether the medals should be acquired in the first place.  After waiting several months, Morton and Eden set a May 26 deadline after the IAF had entered into a binding contract with the auction house but failed to reach a settlement.  Keen to avoid defaulting on an agreement, the IAF went ahead with the purchase on its own through its Air Attache in London.

In order to avoid a controversy, the IAF has decided not to celebrate the return of the medals to India and no press release on the acquisition of the World War Two treasures has been released. It is however expected that the medals, once they return to India, will be showcased prominently at the Air Force Museum.

Despite the government's rejection, the Indian Air Force has been clear that the memory of the man they consider the father of the modern IAF must be honoured.

In a statement to NDTV, the IAF had said, "Jumbo's contribution during the Second World War both in Burma and in the Normandy Campaigns has been acknowledged in professional circles.  He was the first and the only IAF pilot to be awarded DFC and Bar.  Having understood the importance of Air Power at a very early age, he worked relentlessly to build a strong Air Force for India.  Jumbo led from the front by personal example and worked relentlessly to lay the foundation of the IAF.  His spirit shall live as long as there are young men to take up the challenge of his legacy, and the trail of glory shall be remembered and cherished by the IAF forever."

In a letter marked to NDTV, Sailen Majumdar has said, "I also have somewhere the crucifix that my paternal grandmother Jonaki Agnes Penelope Majumdar (nee Bonnerjee) had made from the metal of the ill-fated Hurricane that my father crashed in. In addition, a note book where he made very personal and philosophical comments about his role in World War 2. I have to decide what to do with numerous letters between my parents during World War 2. Personal but such a long time ago that perhaps they should now be in the public domain for anyone who is interested rather than them being binned or left in a drawer forever!"

Mr Majumdar has also offered to hand over a 1940s copy of a yearbook of St. Paul's School Darjeeling, his alma mater, to this correspondent. The Rector of St. Paul's, who the correspondent has contacted, has said that he would be glad to receive it later this year.

In November last year, the Indian Air Force belatedly entered an agreement with Morton and Eden after an auction for the medals fell below the reserve price and they couldn't be sold.  Air Marshal (retired) Anil Chopra who once commanded 1 Squadron - Jumbo's old squadron - had also gone on record on NDTV offering to buy the medals from his pension fund but was told by the IAF to stand down since they intended to raise the funds themselves.

The sad story of the medals first came to light when Sailen Majumdar, Jumbo's UK-based son, decided to auction them in a move strongly criticised by his sister Anjali Lobo who says she never consented to the medals being auctioned.

Anjali Lobo has told NDTV, "I feel really sad about it. What else can I say? My father died for the IAF. He would be very sad at this impasse. These are my father's medals and they have become an object of commerce and it is shocking."

Karun Krishna 'Jumbo' Majumdar was the ultimate flier, a hero in the truest sense of the word. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by the Royal Air Force not once, but twice, for bravery during the Second World War where he flew over both the Burma front and in Europe.

The auction documents states, "Jumbo Majumdar's seeming disregard for his own safety on solo bombing raids and leading others against what appeared to be insurmountable odds made him a legendary figure both in the Royal Air Force and among his own countrymen. It is generally agreed that had he lived, his example and vision for Indian air power would have seen him rise to the highest level in the post-Independence Indian Air Force."


(Source- NDTV News)

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RAHUL GANDHI TO MEET EX-SERVICEMEN ON SATURDAY

NEW DELHI - 21 May 15 (21.32h updated) 
Amid growing demands for 'one- rank-one-pension" for ex-servicemen, will now be taking up their cause by meeting representatives of former military personnel and war widows at the headquarters here on Saturday. 

Party sources said that Gandhi is taking up the cause of "one-rank-one-pension" at a time when there is unhappiness among ex-servicemen over non-implementation of the scheme. 

Congress alleges that Prime Minister Modi has gone back on his words on the issue after promising to implement the scheme for retired military personnel.

The demand for one-rank-one-pension scheme made by soldiers had been acceded to by the Congress led government and announced again by dispensation after it came to power last year. The UPA government had even allocated Rs 8300 crore budget for the scheme. 

Reports had it that the Comptroller of Defence Accounts has estimated that the cost of one-rank-one-pension could be as high as Rs 9,300 crore. 

Earlier, the Congress Vice President had taken up a variety of issues including the protests against the land acquisition bill to woo farmers, real estate bill to empathise with urban middle class and protection of youth through net neutrality.

(Source - Business Standard/PTI)

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RM ON OROP TO ABP NEWS

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