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One Rank One Pension : A proud daughter of a proud Artillery Veteran writes to Modi

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A letter to the PM – One Rank One Pension – By Shalini. Dear Mr.Prime Minister, For Your Information Sir. A war widow at the age of 78 has to walk 18 km every month to collect her martyr husband’s pension of Rs .13/- (Rupees Thirteen only). The Freedom Fighters of Colonial India and their widows get a better pension than what is given to the Retired Military population. Even the laborers could get their daily wages hiked with time but the war widow stands where her husband left her. Have we lost all dignity, sense of respect and basic common sense for humanity? Where are we? Rs 13/- as monthly pension and a Kg of onion, Rs 50/-. For God’s sake……. Do we still need to talk ?  Our Flag does not hover because the wind moves it, it flutters with the last breath of each soldier who died and with each breath of the soldier who lives protecting it. You don’t get to deliver a speech on the Independence Day just because you are the PM, it is because of the human shield that sweats and freezes throughout the prime of their lives. One speech you made to the tens of thousands Ex-Servicemen at Hissar, where you committed to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP), if elected, allowing you to tap into the vote bank of the services – retired, in-service, war widows and of course their families. You should dedicate your present electoral victory to the Services. Was it just voting bank politics, Sir? Gen VK Singh (Retd) stood testimony to your promise and more than you the personnel’s believed their Gen who is now a part of your Govt. Let the men not lose faith on their roaring Gen and let your politics not make him a scapegoat please. Mr. Pradhan Sevak of the country. as you proclaim yourself to be, kindly refrain from politicizing the Services, the only Deptt committed to the country and its people. High time you and your team including your squad of so called highly efficient bureaucrats save yourself from the mockery you have brought on your kindselves.  Let’s try solving the issues. “ If budget is an issue, reduce some of the frills that the politicians and the bureaucrats enjoy sitting in air conditioned offices with all the luxury possibly available. If you are afraid that other retired from Govt services will claim for the same then let them commit one child per family to the Indian Military. A great way to make up for the shortage of Defense personnel. Let us make national service a must in the country. A stronger Military with more head counts is never bad. If that is still difficult, please esteemed politicians and bureaucrats get yourself back packed and perched in Kargil, Jaisalmer, Cherrapunji, Tawang, Siachin or in the Arabian Sea for a month each with the men, like the men and then let’s do some talking. Let there be some humility and respect by the Govt and the Police force while managing our Military veterans at peaceful protest with utmost dignity. When you fail to discharge your duties efficiently, that has often happened, be it a natural disaster or an internal security issue; the only alternate available is the forces for help. They did and have come to your rescue without fail. Our neighbours have a very drastic history of Military Coups since 1958 & have been successful thrice in doing so. Let’s not forget we have an active force of 1325000 personnel, with approximately 60K retiring each year. Let’s us not create conducive environment for more trouble within the country. The Military of the country cannot be taken on a ride for votes and then just left. High time seriousness be taken on the mature and highly sensitive protest that is going on at the Jantar Mantar and India Gate for two months now. The men there have served selflessly be it insurgency, internal security issues, disaster mitigation without any reservations. They have been decorated for their gallant and then just forgotten …not acceptable. Mr. PM, please shun talks – time to act and show and prove that what the Congress failed and kept washing their hands off has finally been given life by you. Let the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ echo till eternity and your name be added to it. Let the soldiers remain to be our pride. Jai Hind. Jai Jawan. Regards. Shalini. A citizen of the country. A proud daughter of a proud Artillery Veteran The concept – One Rank One Pension (OROP) “bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. In armed forces, equality in service has two components, namely, rank and length of service. The importance of rank is inherent in armed forces as it has been granted by the President of India and signifies command, control and responsibility in consonance with ethos of service. These ranks are even allowed to be retained by the individual concerned after his/her retirement. Hence, two armed personnel in the same rank and equal length of service should get same pension irrespective of date of retirement and any future enhancement in rates of pension be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.” Source: http://ex-servicemenwelfare.blogspot.in/

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Revising Retirement age does not come under the purview of 7th Pay Commission

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Revising Retirement age does not come under the purview of 7th Pay Commission. Recently the news about retirement age is blown out of proportion in Social Media. In Social Media it has been signaled casually that the retirement age will be brought down to 58 years. Initially it was said that 7th pay commission going to recommend the criteria for retirement age as either 33 years of Service or 60 Years of age whichever comes first. And gradually it is reduced to 58years of age or 33 years of service and finally ends up with 30 years of service or at the age of 55 years. 7th pay commission Vs Retirement Age Does it worth to believe the news circulated in social media about 7th pay commission recommendation and retirement age..? We asked the Federation sources about this and they want to maintain anonymity told that it depends upon the individuals to decide whether it is true or not. We should not blame the media for everything. We should be able to know the difference between the news and rumors. One of our Sources told that revising the retirement age will not fall under the purview of Pay commission. It should be decided by central government only. No Pay commission has recommended anything about Retirement age so far. Federation Leaders were asked about this retirement age issue, when it became sensational in Print and e-Media, why don’t they come forward to clear the doubts on this sensational issue?. They told that they didn’t want do give importance to the rumors and hear says. They said, “We need to clarify the doubts of our cadres across the country whenever it was rumored in social media about their service related sensational issues. But when sensational becomes routine, it’s not our business to respond to such hearsays on daily basis” “As far as retirement age is concerned we know that 7th pay commission cannot recommend revising the retirement age of central government employees, since it does not fall under the purview of 7th Pay Commission. Even we won’t accept it if the central government tries to reduce the retirement age,” the sources added. Source: http://govtstaffnews.in/

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Ready to die for OROP, say ex-servicemen

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Ex-servicemen protest in Jalandhar on Sunday. Tribune photo: Sarabjit Singh Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, chairman of the United Ex-Servicemen Front of India (UESFI), said they would not hesitate to make the supreme sacrifice to get the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme implemented. He said that equal pension for equal service was the right of each retired personnel and that they would not accept any dilution in the scheme. He said it was a ‘do or die’ moment for the ex-servicemen. At a rally attended by over 7,000 veterans here, Major General Satbir said the veterans would intensify their agitation if the Centre delayed the matter any more. “The government thinks us to be old and a worn out army which is not capable of continuing the battle for much longer. They also think we are fighting the battle without any support from our serving fraternity. I want to remind them that around 0.7 lakh personnel retired from the army every year and join our community. They may be silent on the issue, but they are keeping a close watch on the developments,” said Major General Satbir. Mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Man Ki Baat’ programme, he said Modi should also provide some medium to the ex-servicemen to say their ‘Dil Ki Baat’. He refuted reports of infighting among the ex-servicemen over the OROP issue. Major General Satbir said the government tried to act upon the ‘divide and rule’ policy of the British era, but could not succeed due to the unity among the veterans. “I would like to inform the war widows, junior commissioned officers and other ranks that no officer will accept OROP till the time they get their rights,” he said. He said even though Modi had announced the implementation of the OROP, his government had not issued a notification till date as it wanted to drag it till the Seventh Pay Commission is implemented. “The government assumes that once the Seventh Pay Commission comes into being, it will not recognise OROP. However, they should know that the Central Pay Commission does not have any right to comment on the matter. It can only integrate OROP. Hence, the delay will not serve much purpose,” said the war veteran. Urging the state government to break its silence over the dilution of OROP, Major General Satbir said many ex-servicemen backed by their NRI counterparts might stand as Independent candidates in the 2017 Assembly elections. Not only ex-servicemen, but many other social welfare organisations and NRI groups made handsome cash donations to the UESFI. After the alleged freezing of bank account by the government, the body has been collecting donations in cash. Also supporting their cause, many religious bodies and social organisations organised community kitchens at the venue and offered free meals to the veterans. (Source- The Tribune)

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OROP, Pay Commission will not impact fiscal deficit: Sinha

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Implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) and increase in salary bill due to 7th Pay Commission will not strain government's fiscal position, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha on Monday said. "I think we are in a very good shape as far as fiscal management is concerned. That was appreciated by all economists," he said while interacting with reporters after a meeting of economists which was chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at NITI Aayog. He made it clear that the government's fiscal position is strong enough to bear the impact of OROP and implementation of 7th Pay Commission. OROP is likely to result in an outgo of Rs 8,000-10,000 crore this fiscal. The 7th Pay Commission report in December is expected to recommend a hike in salary of central government employees. The pre-Budget meeting discussed various issues, including agriculture productivity, job creation and fiscal expenditure. "We had some of India's most eminent economists and commentators there. Obviously, it is very early in the cycle to start the consultation. But we felt that if there were good ideas, we could incorporate them even in this fiscal year. Obviously, for the preparation of the current budget, we could begin the work on that right now," he said. "It was very good interaction and we look forward to incorporating much of this for this fiscal year as well as coming fiscal." There were several topics that came up, Sinha said, adding that "one very important topic that we spent time on is agriculture and what we could do to increase productivity in agriculture". The meeting also dwelt at length on fiscal expenditure and how to ensure fiscal expenditure, particularly public investment, could be as productive as possible. "Third major area that we spoke about is obviously the financial sector... more credit for agriculture, MSMEs and what could we do further to strengthen our banks. The final area that we alsospent time on is how to ensure we are able to create more jobs for young people, whether it is in the manufacturing sector or the service sector," he said. NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Urjit Patel were present. Besides, the meeting was attended by Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and Financial Services Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal. Economists such as Subir Gokarn, Director of Research at the Brookings Institution India, Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group, and Rajiv Lall, Vice-Chairman IDFC Ltd, also participated

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Brig Sivasankar Vidyasagar's great help to JCO,NCO &OR

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My Dear JCO, NCO and OR Veterans, 1. By now you must have realised that there in none supporting you, or guiding you or helping you. 2. You are left to fend for yourselves. No one bothers whether you live or die. 3. Why is this? Because no one tells you what are your entitlements. Do you know banks from where you draw your pension do not pay you correct pension and hold back Rs 100 to Rs 200 from you every month. It is because they know that you are ignorant of your pension. 4. Do you know your pension as a Sepoy of Y gp with 15 years service as on Jan 2006 is Rs 6,000 but Govt of India pays you only Rs 3500 if you are retired prior to 10 Oct 1997. Why such loss in pension? It is because Min of Def knows you will never their tricks and even if you know you can do nothing about it. 5. When you receive your pension arrears from Jan 2006 to 23 Sep 2012, you do not know how much is your entitled arrears. Who will tell you? No, no one whatsoever. Then what you should you do? 6. I am here to help you to know your entitlements. I will tell you few things which you do not know nor did any one tell you so far. These are given to few of the Ex-Servicemen in Andhra Pradesh when I gave them a talk to them when I went there to their towns few days back.Would you like to be similarly benefitted? 6. Subjects which I cover in my talk are:- (a) Who are all eligible for pension? (b) How many types of pension are there? © How to calculate your own pension? (d) Are you getting the correct pension? If banks pay you less then what should you do? (e) How much pension arrears are you to get from Jan 2006 to 23 Sep 2012? (f) What is One Rank One Pension? What would be your pension in OROP? (g) How to resolve problems between a widow and her in-laws? Can in – laws get any share in family pension of a widow? (h) How to get Date of Birth of your wife in the form of Corr PPO? (j) What is Form A for Life Term Arrears? (k) Are you getting Disability element for disability suffered? If not what is the procedure? (l) What is Defence Pension Adalat? Do you get any benefit from it? (m) Have you heard of Armed Forces Tribunals? How do you get justice if you feel you are not getting your legitimate dues? (n) How do you educate your wife while you are still alive? 7. If you feel you must know these things then what should you do? I will come to your town village on the day convenient to you at my own expense. Pl give me one month notice so that I can do my rail reservation. I will stay in the house of JCO/NCO/OR. I will eat the food you give me. I will give you a talk in simple language which you can understand. You have to pare one hour and 30 mins. 8 I need only 50 Ex-Servicemen and 10 widows for my talk. It is free. You do not have to spend any money. I will give you all my power point slides so that you can go through them in your spare time and benefit from them. 9. You have to arrange a place for my talk in your town and also a LCD projector to connect my Laptop so that slides can be seen from distance. 10. Now it is upto you to use my services. Regards, Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd) 9493191380 Like

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