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16 Things You Should Know About India’s Soldiers Defending Siachen

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The highest combat zone on planet earth, Siachen glacier is one place where fewer soldiers have died on the line duty due to enemy fire than because of the harsh weather conditions.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
For Indian forces deployed in Siachen, it is less of a challenge to watch out for the frail Pakistani forces but to just stay atop this 76 kilometers long glacier at 5, 400 meters altitude (nearly twice the altitude of Ladakh and Kargil) in itself means you have to defy all of your physical, mental and spiritual limits.
You have to be a super soldier, a hero.
And that’s what each one of our soldiers out there at Siachen glacier and on posts at even greater heights really is!

1. In Siachen, you are at the risk of getting a deadly frostbite if your bare skin touches steel (gun trigger, for example) for just over fifteen seconds.

Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
Merely touching the trigger or gun barrel with bare hands can be a mistake big enough to result in loss of toes or fingers.
For those who don’t know about frostbite – it’s a condition resulting from abrupt exposure to extreme cold that can leave amputation of fingers or toes as the only alternative. In extreme cases, these organs may just fall off.

2. Mountain climbers climb when the weather is at its best; soldiers serve in these treacherous terrains all year round.

Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
Minus 60 degrees temperature and over 5,000 meters altitude; low atmospheric pressure and oxygen, well, you keep asking for more of it. There’s 10% of the amount of oxygen available in Siachen than it is in plains.
It’s the weather of the kind that us mortals aren’t simply designed to bear. Not for long and not without the great risk of losing eyes, hands or legs. But these men – they do it, every day.
Because every inch of this land belongs to India and they shall not cede it to some untrustworthy neighbors who no longer have a higher ground in Siachen.

3. The human body just cannot acclimatize over 5,400 meters

When you stay at that altitude for long, you lose your weight, don’t feel like eating, sleep disorders come around in no time and memory loss – that’s a common occurrence. Put simply, the body begins to deteriorate. That’s what happens at Siachen.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
Yes, it is tough. But we cannot climb down because we cannot let the Pakistani Army climb up and take high ground.

4. Speech blurring is as obvious as toothpaste freezing in the tube

It’s fiercer than heaviest of gunfire any day. But our soldiers have taken up the challenge nonetheless.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen

5. Snowstorms in Siachen can last 3 weeks.

Winds here can cross the 100 mph limit in no time. The temperature can drop well below minus 60 degrees.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen

6. Yearly snowfall in Siachen can be well over 3 dozen feet

When snow storms come around, at least two to three soldiers have to keep using shovels (in snow storm). Else, the military post would become a history; in no time.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen

7. The 7th Pay commission may consider the unique challenges faced by the army jawans who man the territory all through the year.

They should.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
The forward areas in Jammu and Kashmir including Siachen were visited by the 7th Pay Commission in October, 2014.

8. Soldiers find ways to entertain themselves when they can.

Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
We are, after all, a cricket crazy nation.

9. Fresh food – that’s rare. Very rare. At Siachen, an orange or an apple can freeze to the hardness of a cricket ball in no time.

Rations come out of tin cans.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen

10. Army pilots literally push their helicopters well beyond their optimal performance, every day!

They drop supplies at forward posts located at an altitude of more than 20 thousand feet.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
Army pilots usually have less than a minute for dropping off the supplies at forward posts.
Pakistani army is merely few hundred meters away and so the choppers must fly off before the enemy guns open up.

11. In the last 30 years, 846 soldiers have sacrificed their lives at Siachen.

In case of Siachen, deaths due to extreme climate and beyond-imagination terrain conditions are treated as battle causalities and rightly so.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
In last three years alone, 50 Indian soldiers have died in Siachen. These causalities as per the information made available by Defense Minister in Lok Sabha, were due to the very nature of the place our forces are serving. These soldiers sacrificed their lives on the line of duty while combating the floods, avalanches and floods in Siachen.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen
The Body of Havaldar Gaya Prasad from 15 Rajput Battalion serving in Siachen was found after 18 long years.

12. A War Memorial at the Bank of Nubra River has the names of Indian soldiers who laid their lives in Siachen.

Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen

13. Local saying: “The land is so barren and the passes so high that only the best of friends and fiercest of enemies come by.’

Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen

14. In Siachen, the Indian Army spends as much as 80% of its time preparing soldiers of deployment.

Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen

15. “We do the difficult as a routine. The impossible may take a little longer”

— So reads a plaque at the headquarters of the Indian Army formation responsible for security of the Siachen sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
Things We Indians Should Know About the Life of Soldiers Defending Siachen

16. When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.

A million, billion, zillion salutes to our soldiers! We remain indebted, forever.

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Posters on IAS officers shock city

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The poster on Anna Salai which created a flutter on Thursday.  — DC
The poster on Anna Salai which created a flutter on Thursday. — DC
Chennai: The bureaucrats of the rank and file of state secretariat on Thursday woke up to the news of shocking posters having come up across the city alleging a Rs10,000 crore scam by 12 senior IAS officers, including the chief secretary K. Gnanadesikan, the environment secretary Hans Raj Verma and Elcot’s managing director Atul Anand.
The posters were put up at bus stands, railway stations and at prominent traffic intersections connecting arterial roads. Three huge flex banners with mug shots of IAS officers were also put up at Tambaram market, Irumbuliyiur junction and near Pallavaram inviting curious onlookers and disrupting traffic. Both the posters and banners put up by Makkalseithimayiyam.com screamed ‘scam’, but the credibility factor was very low as the ‘scurrilous’ posters just carried the pictures of IAS officers with a headline screaming Rs 10,000 crore scam.
 
“It is unethical, unfair. Such character assassination is condemnable. On behalf of Tamil Nadu IAS association, we condemn this unfair practice and there is no basis for these allegations,” said K. Rajaraman, secretary, Tamil Nadu IAS officers Association. This is not news or an expose and this only casts a slur on the character of officers and we will look in to the issue”, the official said.       
 When contacted V. Anbhazagan, editor, Makkalseithimaiyam.com,  said 1,400 posters were printed and pasted across the city. Three huge flex banners were also put up to expose the officers. When asked, why a select few officers were targeted in their campaign, he said, the top 12 have been covered in the first campaign and more exposes were on the way.
To a query about the posters lacking credibility and being put up without substantiating any facts and merely defaming officers and violating journalistic ethics, he said that his website has been periodically exposing the errant officers. “Last month, we had published a book with government orders and department circulars as proof. In case, if there are any legal issues or defamation suits filed, we are ready to handle the issue legally”, he quipped.
Meanwhile, several senior IAS officers termed the posters outrageous and unethical. “There are corrupt scribes and pseudo journalists, who frequent the power corridors of the secretariat for contracts and transfers. When such obligations are not attended to the officer becomes corrupt”, rued an IAS officer. In the past six months, at least three journalists, mostly from unknown publications, approached me for transfers, but I turned them away discouraging them,” he said.
 “Will such websites put posters exposing the police IPS officers or judicial fraternity, they will be dealt in a different manner. Just because a few IAS officers align with political parties for short term gains the IAS fraternity is being defamed today by an unethical group,” said another senior IAS officer.The police and the local bodies have powers to remove posters and banners that are put up without permission.
Our association president PWC Davidar, is out of station and we will take up the issue with our seniors”, the official added. Most of the IAS officers requested not to be quoted saying that reacting to the posters would be beneath their dignity.
“Those who want to expose officers can lodge a complaint or approach the court in case of corruption. Putting up posters is an ugly trend. The officers also have a family and a social life and this is a cheap publicity stunt,” said an official with department of information and public relations.

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Reply Email from Joint Secy, ESW to Brig CS Vidyasagar (Retd)

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Dear Brig Sivasankar garu,
I got your email.
The matter will be examined and I will get back to you in a few days .
with regards,
yours sincerely,
K.Damayanthi,
JS ESW
Dear Mrs Damayanthi Garu,
Thank you so much for your prompt reply.
Please accept my heartfelt compliments and also from many Ex-Servicemen for living upto your promise of getting letters on payment of pension arrears from Jan 2006 to 23 Sep 2012. We got the letters from your ministry dated 03 Sep 2015 because of your intervention.
In fact you have pleasantly shocked me with your reply as I never expected one from you.
May few more IAS Officers learn from you how to take time to read mails, understand them and reply to the sender.
Even if action is delayed we do not mind it.
I can well imagine how busy you are with so many cases filed by ESM against Govt of India and the OROP implementation letter. In spite of such hectic work schedule you replied to me which indicates how devoted you are to your job.
Now ESM community believes that our mails do not go into waste paper basket but there is atleast some one in Ministry of Defence who takes pains to read them and act upon them.
May God Bless you to do service to those who served this Nation loyally, faithfully and to their best of abilities i.e.Ex-Servicemen.
with profound regards,
Brig CS Vidyasagar (Retd)
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Revision of pension of pre 2006 pensioners – Important Clarification

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Revision of pension of pre 2006 pensioners – Important Clarification
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-11, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHl-110066
CPAO/IT &Tech/Revision Pre-2006 /2015-16/1331-1483
21.09.2015
Office Memorandum
Subject: – Revision of Pensions of Pre-2006 Pensioners.
Ref:- CP AO OM NO.CPAO/Tech/Pre-2006 Revision/2015-16/708·855 date -25.08.2015
Attention is invited to DP&.PW OM No. 38/77-A/09-P&PW(A)(Vol.II) (Pt.I) dated 18.09.2015 (copy enclosed) regarding revision of pension in respect of those pensioners who had got 100% lump sum amount in lieu of monthly pension and in whose cases 1/3rd pension has been restored. These pensioners are not covered by DP&PW OM dated 01.09.2008 and subsequent amendment OMs dated 28.1.2013 and 30.07.2015. In such cases DPPW has issued separate orders for restoration of 1/3rd pension vide their OMs dated 15.09.2008, 3.4.2013 and 11.7.2013. ·
As the proposal for revision of minimum pension with reference to the fitment table in respect of such pensioners is under consideration of Ministry of Finance. Deptt. of Expenditure, therefore, for the time being, the pension cases of such absorbee pensioners are not to be revised in terms of OM dated 30.07.2015.
Hence, All Heads of the Departments/Heads of the Offices and Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/ AGs/ Administrator of UTs are requested to ensure that revision of pension in such cases of absorbee pensioners is not done in terms of DP&PW OM dated 30.07.2015 until further orders. These cases may be treated to be excluded from the list provided by the CPAO.
(Subhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts
Ph.011-26174809
No.38/77-A109-P&PW(A)(Vol.II) (Pt.I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 18th Sept, 2015
Office Memorandum
Sub:- Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners – reg.
The undersigned is directed to refer to CPAO letter No .. CPAO/Tech/Pre-2006 Revision/2016/ 13/933 dated lst September, 2015. In this connection it is informed that the cases of those pensioners who had got 100% lump sum amount in lieu of monthly pension and in whose cases 1/3rd pension has been restored are not covered by the OM dated 1.9.2008 and subsequent amendments thereto including the OM dated 28.1.2013 and 30.7.2015, In their cases, separate orders have been issued for restoration of 1/3rd pension vide OM dated 15.9.2008, 3.4.2013 and 11.7.2013. For such pensioners, the proposal for revision of minimum pension with reference to the fitment table has been referred to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure separately vide ID note No. 4/2/2015-P&PW(D) dated 12.8.2015. Department of Expenditure has also been reminded for expediting their concurrence in this regard. Until the orders in respect of such absorbees pensioners are issued after approval of Ministry of Finance, their pension is not to be revised in terms of OM dated 30.7.2015. Therefore, their cases may be excluded from the list prepared by the CPAO.
(S.K. Makkar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: CPAO
[http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_tech_Rev_pre-2006-2015-16.pdf]

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Armed forces again demand resolution of pay ‘anomalies’ with 7th Pay Commission

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Armed forces again demand resolution of pay ‘anomalies’ with 7th Pay Commission
NEW DELHI: The armed forces want at least five “core anomalies” in their salary structures to be resolved to establish the “correct baseline” for recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), whose term has now been extended till December 31 by the government.
While the heat and dust over one rank, one pension (OROP) is yet to settle, with a section of veterans rejecting the “diluted” version announced by the government on September 5, the serving personnel have their own deep-seated grouse over their eroding “status, parity and equivalence” as compared to their civilian counterparts.
The armed forces top brass have made several representations to the government, including the defence and finance ministries, on the core anomalies over the last one year. But have received no assurance till now. With the 7th CPC’s term being extended by four months, they are now making a last-ditch attempt to get the anomalies rectified.
One of the main demands is the grant of NFU (non-functional upgradation) for officers denied promotions due to the lack of vacancies in the steeply-pyramidal structure of the armed forces. “IFS and IPS officers, as also those from organized Group A civil services, now get NFU after the 6th CPC like IAS officers. But the armed forces have been kept out of it,” said a senior officer.
“This adversely impacts the morale of serving military officers. It also creates command, control and functional problems because even organizations that work closely with the military like DRDO, Border Roads Organisation, Military Engineer Service and the like get NFU,” he added.
Another demand is the placement of all Lt-Generals in the HAG+ (higher administrative grade) pay-scale like directors-general of police. “As of now, only 33% of Lt-Gens are in the HAG+ scale. The status of all Lt-Gens with that of DGPs must be restored,” he added.
The other anomalies deal with the grant of “uniform grade pay” and proper “initial pay fixation” of Lt-Colonels, Colonels and Brigadiers. There is also the need for all JCOs (junior commissioned officers) and soldiers to get “common pay scales”, in the backdrop of the ones recruited before January 2006 not getting them.
“Successive CPCs have given a raw deal to the armed forces compared to the bureaucracy. Virtually all IAS and IFS officers, for instance, reach the apex pay scale before their retirement due to NFU. They, therefore, get OROP through the backdoor. It’s high time the historical and traditional parity was restored,” said another officer.
The civilian bureaucracy, however, is not impressed. It feels the armed forces keep on making “more and more demands” when they already get a lot of privileges from free rations to hugely-subsidized canteens. “Military officers and jawans already get ‘military service pay’ for their tougher working conditions. The demand for NFU is unrealistic,” said a senior bureaucrat.
Read at: Times of India

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7th Pay Commission likely to propose minimum pay Rs 20,000 of central government employees

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Seventh Pay Commission likely to propose minimum pay Rs 20,000 of central government employees
New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to propose minimum basic salary Rs 20,000 of central government employees.
Seventh Central Pay Commission Chairman Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur
Highly-placed sources in the pay panel said on Monday, “the average increase in basic pay for all government employees will be in the region of 30-40%.”
Currently, the minimum basic salary of central government employees is Rs 7730 with Grade pay excluding dearness and other allowances. After the Seventh pay commission recommendations will come into force, the minimum basic salary will be 20,000 excluding dearness and other allowances.
A competitive minimum pay is important because it determines the the socialism view of the government and the higher number of central government employees are in the minimum pay slabs. Apart from giving good salary to lower grade employees, the pay panel also will have to consider the disparity ratio between its highest and lowest paid employees.
“A joint secretary gets now Rs 128,000 as monthly salary with dearness allowance. I do not expect it to go up to more than Rs 160,000,” a joint secretary-level official of the Central Government said.
The first, second, third, fourth, fifth pay and sixth pay commission recommended the minimum basic salary Rs 35, Rs 80, Rs 260, Rs 950, Rs 3050 and Rs 7730 respectively.
The Commission has already completed discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services and is in the process of finalising its recommendations.
It’s now in the process of finalising its recommendations.
The Seventh Pay Commission is also likely to keep the retirement age of central government employees unchanged at 60 years, although most of the central employees bodies sought to increase the retirement age to 62 years in their memorandum in the pay panel.
“We are not going to either recommend lowering or raising the retirement age. If we lower the age limit, the pension burden will bust the government’s medium-term fiscal targets.” highly-placed sources in the pay panel said.
TST

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Clarification regarding fixation of Pay of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining age of 55 years and who hold post below commissioned officer rank in the Defense Forces.

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Department of Personnel & Training

Establishment (Pay-II)

Reference preceding notes
D/o Posts may please refer to their proposal on preceding page seeking clarification regarding fixation of pay of re-employed/ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining the age of 55 years, who held posts below commissioned officer rank in the Defence Forces and also whether the last pay drawn before retirement is subject to protection.


2. The. matter has been examined in this Department. It is pointed out that paras 4(a), 4(b)(i) and 4(d)(i) of DOS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986 as amended vide this Department’s OM. No.3/19/2009-Estt.(Pay.ll) dated 5.4.2010, provide that in case of ex-servicemen
who held post below Commissioned Officer rank in the Defence Forces and in the case of civilians who held posts below Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement before 55 years of age, the entire pension and pension equivalent of retirement benefits shall be ignored, that is, no deduction on this count is to be made from the initial pay fixed on re-employment. Also, in terms Of the Para flin) of CCS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986, as amended vide this Department’s O.M. No.3/19/2009-Estt.(Pay.ll) dated 5.4.2010, the initial pay on re-employment shall be fixed as per the entry pay in the revised pay structure of the re-employed post applicable in the case of direct recruits appointed on or after 1.1 .2006. as notified vide Section II, Part A of First Schedule to CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. These instructions do not provide for protection of last pay drawn before retirement, in such cases.


3. Deputy Secretary (Pay) has seen.

sd/-
(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary (Pay)
D/o Posts [ADG (Estt.)], Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
DoPT ID Note No. 1101965/2015-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 28th August 2015

Forwarding letter by Deptt. of Posts:-

FILE NO. 01-01/2011-PAP
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND IT.
DEPARTMENT OF POST S(ESTABLISHMENT DIVISION)
DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG,NEW DELHI-110001.
THE: 15th September, 2015.
TO
All Chief Postmasters General,
Chief General Managers, PLI, BD&MD,
Deputy Director General (PAF), Postal Dte.,
All General Managers(Finance),
All Directors of Accounts (Postal),
The Director Postal Staff College of India, Ghaziabad,
All Directors of PTCs.

Sub: Clarification regarding fixation of Pay of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining age of 55 years and who hold post below commissioned officer rank in the Defense Forces.
Sir/Madam,
I am directed to forward herewith a copy of clarification issued by the Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi, DoPT ID Note No. 1101965/2015-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 28th August 2015 on the subject cited above, for kind information and further necessary action at your end.

2. Clarification may be circulated to all sub-ordinate offices concerned, with direction to dispose all cases of pay fixation of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before, attaining age of 55 years and who hold post below commissioned officer rank in the Defense Forces, in light of clarification issued.
Enclosed: As above

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Major S.N. Dave)
Assistant Director General(Estt.)


http://www.indiapost.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=1612

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Reply to Chetan Bhagat by Son of an Army man on his remark “OROP is waste of money” - By Rahul Tripathi

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Dear Chetan Bhagat,

I am writing this letter to you in reference to your recent article published in a so called “reputed” daily newspaper in which you raised questions over why we are wasting so much money over our retired army officers!! Let me tell you certain facts and yes I am not writing it with heart but with my mind.

PBOR in army are selected normally at the age of 16 or 17 years and they retire at the age of 35. 35 is an age when you have a family and the actual education of your children just starts. You have to see that all their expenses are met and at the same time you have to run your family and in many cases search for a job. 

Watch around your posh locality sir, from your apartment security guard to the ATM guard, they are everywhere. 

They can’t judge a dance reality show like you did and so it becomes difficult for them to make all their ends meet.

Now comes the burden on the government. Thank you for raising this point. 

Have you heard of brain drain? Selfish people like you are the perfect example of that sir. 

Govt spent 20 lakhs for your IIT degree and 24 lakhs for your IIM degree and then you packed your bags and went to work in some bank outside the country. There are many like you who are just wasting the tax payer’s money.

Army never teaches you to complain about anything. Imagine the Longewala war in which army defeated the enemies even without proper backing. They had the choice to march back but they choose to fight so that people like you can write some love stories in their AC rooms and the sell it and earn money. 

Army never believes in taking credit of anything. When they go on the field to fight the enemies, they know that if they win, most of them won’t even be the part of the victory celebration.

I guess you are the same person who made all the noises when proper credit of the story of 3 Idiots was not given to you? 

You know why you did that? Because you believe in show off and army doesn’t. 

Because you are too materialistic and and have greed for money'

It is useless to convince people like you but my only point is that if you have got a platform to write, don’t write any rubbish thing which comes to your mind.

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PRESS RELEASE : 100 DASYS OF RHS AT JANTAR MANTAR ON 22 SEP 2015

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The RHS entered its 100th day, with 17 individuals including a young lady army wife Ms Sudesh sitting it out today at JM.
Coinciding with the 100th day, was the felicitation ceremony by UFESM to those veterans who participated in the 1965 Indo-Pak war and having been invited by the Hon’ble Rashtrapati for high tea regretted their inability to attend due to the ongoing impasse over OROP for them. 
Over 25 gallantry award winners were felicitated by name while other participants were welcomed with bouquets and roses. The overall gathering was recorded as over 160 officers, JCO's, OR and families. The spirit of camaraderie and togetherness was infectious. Many a long lost colleague met and exchanged memories of those eventful days under fire. It was a sight to remember. The spirit of the solidarity was captured by the numerous cameras and reporters both from the electronic and print media who covered this glorious reunion.
In contrast we are informed that some seventy odd veterans did attend the reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan but since the media except DD & ANI was not permitted an accurate assessment comment by us would not be apt.
The breakfast for RHS had been arranged by Brig Sudhir Kumar today. The lunch as usual was provided by the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.
In a separate development certain e-mails and WA are being circulated by a motley group of ESM masquerading as the UFESM. This is to inform the general public that the only duly constituted ESM body with the acronym UFESM is the one functioning at JM for the last 100 days under the Chairmanship of Lt Col Inderjit Singh, the doyen of OROP. The meeting as described was a collection of individuals with little or no lien towards the issues facing the ESM or a following in number of members barring a handful. Also case had been made out so as to legitimise their being by bringing in Anna Hazare, who it seems from their self confessed mail, has parted company with them. They have also tried to create an atmosphere of officer bashing by a section of disgruntled JCO & OR who seem to be trying to avenge their in service grudges through this forum. Overall a sad commentary whose specific instigator is one Col Dinesh Nain, an erstwhile coordinator of the Anna Hazare Movement. Measures are being undertaken by UFESM, technically and legally to cull this crowd.

Col Anil Kaul, VrC
Media Advisor UFESM
(SOURCE- VIA GP E-MAIL)

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KNOW WHERE THE ATTITUDE COMES FROM -- From my Son's post in FB : Administering India: How the steel frame was created to rule and not serve India - By Mohan Guruswamy

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Part 1 of a two-part essay. The Indian Civil Service was the 'modern equivalent of Plato’s Guardians, men bred, selected and trained to govern, selflessly and devotedly.' But it served a foreign empire.Administering India: How the steel frame was created to rule and not serve India

India, as one state, has never been larger. Like Ashoka’s great empire, the Mughal Empire too never went southwards and eastwards very much. The British ruled directly only in the three great presidencies of Bengal, Madras and Bombay and the four smaller units of the Punjab, the United Provinces, the Central Provinces and Berar, and the Northwest Frontier Provinces. Even after the doctrine of lapse was repudiated, 601 princely states remained administering themselves and managing their day-to-day affairs quite independently, as long as Britain was acknowledged as the paramount power in India. The India of today is also much more of a nation, sharing a common perception of its origins and history. With a billion people under its flag, today’s India, a fractious and youthful democracy with a billion unsatisfied aspirations, would easily be the toughest public administration challenge in the world.

The system of public administration in India evolved over the millennia as a system of exercising imperial authority, maintaining law and order, and raising revenues. In return the state offered security and stability, leaving the myriad communities to manage their everyday affairs in the traditional manner. It was a complex set of systems meeting the needs of a very complex society. The imperial state had its system of provincial and regional governors, vassals and satraps, all vested with the authority and power to enforce allegiance, collect taxes, conscript and maintain order. The towns were generally directly governed by the imperial state. In the villages the traditional system held sway. The brahminical system which once exclusively administered social behaviour and catered to the spiritual needs of the populace, was in course joined by the clergy of other faiths like Islam, Christianity and Sikhism. Till the advent of the British Raj, the imperial state and the religious hierarchy collaborated closely as their goals were quite similar. Both wanted allegiance to ensure a steady stream of income, both wanted to preserve the status quo and quite naturally one legitimised the other.


Old administrative practices 


Since land was the main source of income for the state, the maintenance of land ownership records and a continuous stream of information pertaining to its productivity, produce and prices became the central aspects of administration. Since taxpayers are, irrespective of the age, extremely unwilling to part with even a part of their earnings, the most appropriate coercive mechanism to enforce this went hand in hand with revenue administration. This led to a very interesting division of labor between the imperial and traditional governments. Often while a capital offence like murder was a matter for the traditional court, brigandage and highway robbery became a matter for the imperial government because it had the potential to derail the status quo. Then, like now, quite often robbers became chieftains and chieftains became rulers. The easy transition from daaku [bandit] to baaghi [rebel] is quite an ancient institution.


India was thus governed for almost 2,500 years, unchanging despite a quick turnover of Empires, its traditions continuous and often oppressive even when very different from those of its many ultimate rulers, a patchwork of nationalities, regions, communities, vocations, and practices united by a stoicism that finally and happily shows signs of giving in to exasperation. All this ended with the 1857 revolt. The abortive revolt had three great consequences. It marked not just the end of the Mughals and Maratha power in central India, but also the end of East India Company rule.


This “first great war of independence” actually further enslaved India when, on November 1, 1858, Lord Canning, wearing court dress and riding a black horse emerged out of the fort in Allahabad to read a long proclamation by Queen Victoria. The Queen, then 38 years old and still happily married to Prince Albert who was considered to be somewhat of a progressive, insisted that the “document should breathe feelings of generosity, benevolence and religious tolerance.” It is another thing that the reality rarely matched fine sentiments, but that is a tradition that still endures.


The steel frame of India


In 1861 the Indian Civil Service came into being. Each one of the 400 district officers in British India was henceforth an ICS officer as were all members of the higher bureaucracy. At no given time were there more than 1200 ICS officers in India. Two other significant events took place in 1861. Thomas Babbington Macaulay’s codification of Indian law came into effect and the Indian Police Act introduced uniform police service throughout India. In addition to the British District Officer, each district in British India was henceforth to have a British superintendent of police. The ICS was divided into separate departments: the executive, which administered the districts, and collected the land revenues and taxes; the judicial, which provided judges for the district and high courts; the political, which provided officers for the diplomatic corps, residents and agents in the princely states; and the secretariat, which provided senior officials for both the central and state governments. Below this came the largely Indian and uncovenanted civil servants of the police, medical and forestry services, and in the agriculture and engineering departments, all adding up to another 2000 civil servants. This much-vaunted steel frame of India consisted of no more than 4000 British and Indian officers at even the worst of times.


The bedrock of this system were the 400 district officers, variously called Collectors and District Magistrates or Deputy Commissioners, who administered the districts, each with an average size of 4430 square miles conciliating disputes, dispensing justice and collecting revenues. An ICS officer became a district officer soon after the completion of his probation and was usually in his 20s, lording invariably over a million people. Each ICS officer was carefully chosen and was an eclectic combination of brilliance, personality and integrity. It was probably the finest civil service ever drawing its men, usually, from Oxford or Cambridge and after a tough entrance examination that included “the ability to jump a five barred gate on horseback with arms folded and stirrups crossed.” They were well paid and cared for, and usually incorruptible with a well deserved reputation for accepting no gifts other than flowers or fruit. They wore their three initials with pride and saw themselves “as the modern equivalent of Plato’s Guardians, men bred, selected and trained to govern, selflessly and devotedly.” But what helped them most to stay that way was that they were servants of a foreign empire and agents of an authoritarian system. In 1868 the first Indian, Satyendranath Tagore of that famous family, went to London to take and pass the ICS exam. The last Englishman in the ICS, JPL Gwynn, retired in Hyderabad in the early 1960s.


Imperial and authoritarian government, racial arrogance coupled with superior education made the ICS a superb instrument to serve British interests. In 1947 all that changed. Preserving the status quo was no longer the major priority of government. As national goals ostensibly changed newer taxes replaced land revenue as the government's source of income. Serving rather than ruling became the impulse driving government. India was to be transformed into a modern and progressive democracy.


This is the first of a two-part series on the Indian Administrative Service.
(Source - Via e-mail from YR Raghavan, Veteran)

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