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UNITED FRONT OF EX SERVICEMEN
                                                                                                                    
 NON IMPLEMENTATION OF OROP
UPGRADATION OF AGITATION
LEHAR-TOOFAN -TSUNAMI

Dear Friends,

Today is the 40th Day of the Relay Hunger Strike at Jantar Mantar New Delhi and at more than 50 locations in country. The Govt has not implemented One Rank One Pension (OROP).

As per the decision of United Front of ESM announced during the Press Conference held on 14th July 2015, we have upgraded our Agitation with effect from mid night 23 Jul 2015.  The broad Aim of this Phase of the Agitation is to “Create Visibility” in all the Districts in the County. ESM, our members of the family and our supporters will be distinctly seen across the country protesting against the non-implantation of One Rank One Pension.  However, all our protests will be peaceful and within the authorized methods of protests in the Constitution.

3.      Some  of the actions and activities which will be carried out are as under :-

·   10 Km Kargil Vijay Diwas Marathon run from DSOI – India gate – Jantar Mantar.  Respects will be paid to the Martyrs at India Gate by laying wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti.  Detailed instructions are being issued separately.

·  Shri Anna Hazare will motivate, encourage and showcase solidarity with the ESM on Relay Hunger Strike which would enter 42nd Day at 10.30AM on 26 Jul 2015.  He will also address the Rally at Jantar Mantar.

·   Marathon and Rallies be carried out across the country on daily basis carrying black flags and play cards showing non-implementation of OROP.

·  Protest Leaflets will be distributed, billboards will be displayed across the country.

·         Social, print and electronic media will be fully activated by carrying out Blitz Krieg Campaigns against the non-implementation of OROP.

·  All Govt functions will continue to be boycotted by ESM and our members of the family.


·  In order to express anguish for non-fulfillment of assurance of implementation of OROP, an appeal has been made to all ESM, their member of the family and our supporters who are members of the BJP to withdraw their membership till implementation of OROP.  60 ESM from Uttrakhand have already sent their resignation of membership to BJP President Mr.Amit Shah.

·  ESM to write to the serving Chiefs to jointly and strongly ask the Govt to implement OROP immediately.  The letter will be repeated after five days.  In the event of no action by the serving Chiefs, ESM to appeal to them in the third letter that they consider resigning to accept their accountability and responsibility from the non-implementation of OROP.

·  All ESM, our family members and supporters to fly black flags on their houses on 6 feet high pole with OROP written on the flag.

·  ESM to ask MPs of their constituencies to raise questions in the Parliament for non-implementation of OROP and asking the Govt to implement it immediately.  In case an MP does not raise question, ESM to sit on dharana outside his house.

·  Veer Naaries of Jhajjar district have conveyed that they will be sending bangles to the PM. 

·  Some ESM are threatening to sit on Hunger Strike till death.  We are dissuading them not to do so.  However some of them have refused to pay heed to our requests.  They may sit on Hunger Strike till death any day.

·  To execute any other action/activity as decided by the UFESM from time to time.

·  ESM leaders at local level may modify or execute action/activities keeping in view the local situation.

·  The Relay hunger Strike will continue in addition to the above suggested action/activities.

It is heartening, encouraging and motivating that Officers in NDA/Regular/SS Course batches are visiting Jantar Mantar to showcase their solidarity to the Cause  of Injustice to the  Soldiers.  The highlight of these visits was that 1st NDA Course officers in their eighties came and blessed the Relay Hunger Strike for the cause.

ESM, our family members and our supporters are requested to daily visit Jantar Mantar in large number to encourage and support the cause.

All ESM are requested to execute this phase of the Agitation in letter and spirit and create Visibility in the nook and corner of the country, turning the Lehar-Toofan Phase of the Agitation into Tsunami.

We  the ESM, our  members of the family and our supporters resolved to continue our struggle with greater  intensity till such time the Govt implements OROP as per  the  approved definition without any dilution.

Memorandum to the Hon’ble Prime Minister will be presented at         1 PM on 26 Jul 2015 by delegation of United Front  of Ex-servicemen.

Our fight is against the injustice and betrayal of faith and not against the Govt.  We appeal to our Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi to honour his assurances given to the Defence Personnel and order immediate implementation of OROP as per the approved definition without any dilution whatsoever.  
Gen Satbir Singh
Advisor UFESM

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VRS to Employees of Public Sector Undertakings

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Indian Military Veterans

         The Government has approved closure of five Central Public Sector Enterprises and offer of attractive VRS to their employees in relaxation of Department of Public Enterprises guidelines.  The details are given below:

Name of CPSE
No. of employees as on 1.5.2015
HMT Bearings Ltd.
55
HMT Watches Ltd.
1004
HMT Chinar Watches Ltd.
31
Tungabhadra Steel Products Ltd.
75
Hindustan Cables Ltd.
1517
Total  
2682

         Movable assets of aforesaid CPSEs like Plant and Machinery, furniture and fixture, vehicles etc.  would be either auctioned or transferred to holding/subsidiary/associate CPSEs or Government/Government controlled Body.  Immovable assets i.e. land and/or buildings would be transferred to Central/State Government or Central/State Government entities/PSUs only, depending on the terms of lease/ownership of concerned CPSE.

         This information was given by Minister  of  State in the Ministry of  Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M.  Siddeshwara in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Change in Tariff Value of Gold Notified

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Change in Tariff Value of Gold Notified 

            In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Board of Excise & Customs, being satisfied that it is necessary and expedient so to do, hereby makes the following amendment in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No. 36/2001-Customs (N.T.), dated the 3rd August, 2001, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section-3, Sub-section (ii), vide number S. O. 748 (E), dated the 3rd August, 2001, namely:-

In the said notification, for TABLE-1, TABLE-2, and TABLE-3 the following Tables shall be substituted namely:-

 

TABLE-1

Sl. No.
Chapter/ heading/ sub-heading/tariff item
Description of goods
Tariff value US $
(Per Metric Tonne)
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
1
1511 10 00
Crude Palm Oil
650 (i.e. no change)
2
1511 90 10
RBD Palm Oil
674 (i.e. no change)
3
1511 90 90
Others – Palm Oil
662 (i.e. no change)
4
1511 10 00
Crude Palmolein
680 (i.e. no change)
5
1511 90 20
RBD Palmolein
683 (i.e. no change)
6
1511 90 90
Others – Palmolein
682 (i.e. no change)
7
1507 10 00
Crude Soya bean Oil
742 (i.e. no change)
8
7404 00 22
Brass Scrap (all grades)
3488 (i.e. no change)
9
1207 91 00
Poppy seeds
1913 (i.e. no change)

TABLE-2
Sl. No.
Chapter/ heading/ sub-heading/tariff item
Description of goods
Tariff value
(US $)
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
1
71 or 98
Gold, in any form, in respect of which the benefit of entries at serial number 321 and 323 of the Notification No. 12/2012-Customs dated 17.03.2012 is availed
354 per 10 grams
2
71 or 98
Silver, in any form, in respect of which the benefit of entries at serial number 322 and 324 of the Notification No. 12/2012-Customs dated 17.03.2012 is availed
498 per kilogram  (i.e. no change)   

TABLE-3
Sl. No.
Chapter/ heading/ sub-heading/tariff item
Description of goods
Tariff value
(US $ Per Metric Tons )
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
1
080280
Areca nuts
2268 (i.e. no change)


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MAM/KA

 

 


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With due honour - It is important to value the sacrifice of soldiers

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Indian Military Veterans


Not very long ago, what struck one on return from an overseas visit was the sheer shoddiness of the Delhi international airport along with all that is associated with an overseas arrival, namely immigration, customs, baggage retrieval and, indeed, the mayhem of touts and taxis outside. In all fairness, we have come some way from that embarrassing past and today the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is amongst the finest. Alongside that, much has changed for the better in the clearance of arrival formalities, although the same can hardly be said once one is outside the terminal building.
But it is not airports and air travel that this piece is about, even though at the time of writing our infotainment industry is going ballistic over some airline flight delays caused by errant VIPs-quite forgetting that we are at the receiving end of a VIP culture in a hundred different ways in our daily lives. 

This piece, however, is about a culture shock that, to one's mind, is of far greater significance, since, in a sense, the very idea of our nationhood hinges on it.

This writer is no Anglophile, but he has been exposed for a few days to the deep respect and admiration that the British people have for their military veterans. This is effectively portrayed in the electronic and print media - which, uniformly, are of a very high journalistic quality. That has left a striking impression of the deep sense of nationhood of the British people. 

Then, to return to one's motherland and learn of veterans on relay hunger strike in some 50 cities across the country, with no air of concern on anyone's part, come as a shock of far deeper import than the earlier return to a shabby airport. To see life proceeding as normal not just for the Govt of the day but also for our parliamentarians (with one notable Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka as an exception), ordinary citizens and the media -which would rather cover scandals and trivialities - one is left haunted by a flood of disturbing thoughts and questions. More of that later.

Britain is in the midst of a four-year national commemoration programme marking the centenary of the First World War, to honour and remember the lives of those who served and were affected by the war. This national programme commenced in 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and is due to continue till 2018. A befitting beginning to the programme was a work of installation art placed in the moat of the Tower of London, between July and November 2014, that consisted of 8,88,246 ceramic red poppies, each representing one British or colonial serviceman killed during the war. Poignantly, the title of this creation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was taken from the first line of a poem by an unknown soldier of the First World War. Whilst one did not have the privilege to see this homage in person, images were adequate to get a sense of the pride and honour that the nation, especially the successors of those so honoured, must have felt when witnessing this emotion-filled work of art.

Clearly, the British media are playing a major role in celebrating the spirit of this commemorative period through a feast of reporting and writing, as various events take place and historic milestones and battles are commemorated. The BBC has planned some 2,500 hours of television, radio and online programmes that include documentaries, drama, arts and music. More importantly, there are special programmes for children and schools, because it is in these cradles that, through the history of sacrifice, the spirit of nationhood is being nurtured amongst future generations. Not surprisingly, it was exciting to wait for morning papers or to watch programmes and to be treated to the many facets of this history, the battles fought and won or lost, the human and military side of those who took part and, not the least, the contribution that every member of society made to this valiant national effort.

But love and respect for their men and women in uniform in Britain is not limited to commemorations like these - they go far deeper. On one's way to have lunch with an old RAF friend at the RAF club on Piccadilly, one was surprised to see across the road in Green Park, a recent and imposing Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on June 28, 2012. It has not been seen on earlier visits. Intrigued by this rather belated memorial - which depicts seven crew members of an RAF bomber just returned from their mission, with the inscription, "For the 55,573 aircrew of Bomber Command who died during the Second World War" - this writer asked the RAF friend the reasons behind this belated honour.

It turns out that the controversy over the tactics employed by the RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War, when even cities suffered bombing, had resulted in this delay. The sheer depth of this feeling can be judged by how Winston Churchill - who had famously said of the Battle of Britain fighter pilots, "Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few" and who had, in 1940, described bombers as "the means of victory" - chose not to mention the role of Bomber Command in his famous speech at the end of the war. That the nation is able to overcome controversy and prejudice for serving the larger cause of honouring its uniformed sons, even after an internal debate of some seven decades, surely is a sign of the strength of nationhood.

With this background, one is left wondering whether we have any sense of nationhood. If it is there, where should it begin to manifest itself? Is there not a single cause that can unite this richly diverse society of ours for the larger good of the people and quality of our nation? Is there any better place for this than at the altar of those whose only mission is to protect national frontiers and provide us with security to get on with our lives and those of their predecessors who have either perished in this mission or are in the twilight of their lives? For these are the ones who have voluntarily committed themselves to an unwritten contract of unlimited liability to protect the nation and its people. Ironically, what we are witnessing today is not idealism, but benign indifference to the spectacle of our veterans returning their medals to their supreme commander and being forced to resort to dharnas and relay fasts across the country.

Not many of us may be aware of the fact that India Gate, originally called the All India War Memorial, situated at the end of Rajpath, is a war memorial to some 82,000 soldiers of the undivided British army who laid down their lives during the First World War. The structure beneath the memorial archway called " Amar Jawan Jyoti" is a recent addition after the Bangladesh Liberation War and serves as India's modest tomb for the unknown soldier. Once again, we are indifferent to the fact that a befitting memorial to our soldiers, sailors and airmen who have laid down their lives to protect independent India continues to be absent, notwithstanding electoral promises by political parties of all shades.

The sad conclusion is that we, as a people, care little for these sacrifices. This is reflected in the lack of interest shown by the pillars of our much-heralded democracy, be it Parliament, the government or the fourth estate. Even amongst those lakhs of red poppies that were earlier mentioned, some 82,000 honoured sons were those of our soil. But one recalls no reflection or recognition of this in our official announcements and certainly none in the media, when this was on display in faraway London. Indeed, no one bothered to reflect that these are the same sons of our soil in whose memory India Gate stands.

For their just demand of 'One Rank One Pension', an uncaring nation has forced our veterans to stoop to the level of resorting to fasts and dharnas. Yet, this writer believes that if an emergency were to confront this nation and a bugle sounded by the leadership, every one of these veterans will again willingly pledge their old commitment of unlimited liability for flag and country. One is at a loss to fathom why the institutions of our democracy are so blind to this vital pillar of our nationhood.

As national security challenges become both diverse and complex, it is vital that the one institution that will remain at the forefront of facing the challenges and keeping the nation state secure is not allowed to get corroded. Sagacity and sensitivity of the leadership and all institutions of our democracy can still pull the nation back from the brink. As it is, when the issue of Orop is finally resolved, it will be at best a pyrrhic victory, because of the huge wound inflicted by our democratic institutions to the izzat (honour) and dignity of our veterans and, by extension, to those waiting in the wings to join. There will be no victors and vanquished. Indian nationhood will have lost.

The inscription on the Bomber Command memorial referred to above reads, "Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it". For the sake of preserving freedom for future generations, it is the turn of our political leadership to display courage. Let this be a fervent appeal to the supreme commander to take command and apply a balm to the wounded psyche of the veterans and a call to our Parliament to pick up the gauntlet to repair the archaic model of the now broken civil-military relationship.
The author is a retired air marshal of the Indian Air Force

(SOURCE- THE TELEGRAPH)

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Filling of backlog vacancies of SC/ST

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Filling up of vacancies, including backlog reserved vacancies, is a continuous process.

Government is aware that there are backlog reserved vacancies in various Departments / Ministries.

As per information received from Ministries / Departments, 48,034 backlog reserved vacancies for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes were filled up during the Special Recruitment Drive held for filling up of backlog reserved vacancies which concluded on 31.3.2012. As reported by various Departments/Ministries, 19,676 backlog reserved vacancies were also filled up during the period April, 2012 to December, 2014.

The Government constituted a Committee in July, 2013 under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to make an in depth analysis of the reasons for backlog of filling up of reserved vacancies and suggest measures to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates. Based on the Report submitted by the Committee, action points namely constitution of in-house committee to identify backlog reserved vacancies, to study the reasons for non-filling up of backlog reserved vacancies, review of educational qualifications, conducting Special Recruitment Drive and pre-recruitment training programmes, wherever required, have been finalized and communicated to the Ministries /Departments to make concerted and continuous effort to reduce the backlog reserved vacancies.

Since action is under process for filling up of backlog reserved vacancies, the question of action against officers for not filling up the backlog may not arise at present.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Smt. Jharna Das Baidya in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Sanction of prosecution of government officials

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It is stated that total 100,10 & 9 requests have been received against IAS officers, CSS officers & CBI Gr ‘A’ officers respectively.

It is stated that total 66,8 & 6 requests were permitted during the period and prosecution was sanctioned against IAS officers, CSS officers & CBI Gr ‘A’ officers respectively. Year wise breakup is mentioned in the table below:It is stated that all the aforesaid requests in which sanction for prosecution has been received are still under trial. Hence, there is no input for conviction, acquittal and discharge.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Avinash Pande in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB News


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