Why are ex-servicemen disillusioned with successive governments?

Why are ex-servicemen disillusioned with successive govts?

Ex-servicemen have protested to PM Modi that his government too has failed to fulfil the promise of ‘one rank, one pension’ –OROP that was part of his party’s poll campaign and a definite promise to our veteran soldiers. Embarrassingly, for the BJP government, ex-servicemen plan a rally to ask why this government has yet to issue an order demand OROP

The long-standing demand of ex-servicemen for ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) was accepted by the Indian government in February 2014 with the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram making an announcement in this regard in the Interim Budget. The next government led by Narendra Modi too accepted the demand for OROP in the Parliament. While both the governments stated that ‘money or funding is not an issue’, there still is no order issued for implementing OROP.

“The Defence Veteran community is disillusioned with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, and particularly with Prime Minister Modi. We believed Modi to be a man of his word and commitment, and would implement the OROP. Remember, OROP was agreed to not only by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, but also by Modi-led NDA government. The issue was discussed in two successive budgets, with government promising of providing funds (Paison ki Problem Nahin Hai) needed, on the floor of Parliament. However, it is with a sense of betrayal that the Veteran Community still awaits implementation orders for OROP, despite passage of over six months of its passage in Parliament,” Cdr Ravindra Waman Pathak (Retd).

India’s defence budget is in the region of $46 billion or about Rs3 lakh crore. The OROP would cost 1.3% or Rs4,000 crore of the defence budget. China’s defence budget size is $126 billion i.e. more than Rs8 lakh crore. Manpower wise, India has 13.25 lakh active military personnel and 21.43 lakh active reserves compared with China’s 22.85 lakh active military personnel and 23 lakh active reserves.

Cdr Pathak is also member of the Governing Body and Pension Cell of Indian Ex Servicemen Movement. He said, “If the implementation orders are not yet out, we wonder when the money would land up in one’s bank account, given the snail’s pace of the Controller General of Defence Accounts, working leisurely under the Ministry of Defence. How many more aging veterans would pass on/ die, before seeing their dues in their Bank?”

Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) is also organising a rally at Nagpur on 12 October 2014, to express their disappointment with the Government’s delay.

Earlier in February 2014, slamming the “delay” by UPA in granting ‘one-rank, one-pension’ for ex-servicemen, Narendra Modi had accused Congress of playing “fraud” with the armed forces. “The government, which is sitting in Delhi has always been playing a farce with the Armed Forces. Before this also, a number of times, the Finance Minister of Congress had made announcements about One Rank One Pension (OROP) but never fulfilled it. Even this time since I am repeatedly talking about it, they have announced it but this is a “fraud” (dhokha) with you. Had Congress party been honest, they had the chance to it in 10 budgets from 2004 to 2014. But they did not do it,” Modi had said.

The ‘deeply hurt, bruised and wounded conscience of ex-servicemen of India’s Armed Forces’, expressed their anguish towards the bureaucracy, which they feel is responsible for the step-motherly treatment meted out to defense forces. The veterans, in an letter sent to PM Modi, say, “It is this specially empowered bureaucracy which, without even a shred of any commensurate knowledge, over the past 67 years, has mastered and honed the craft of repeatedly hurting the pride and morale of the soldiers’ justify from the Chiefs to the sepoy. ‘Jai Jawan’ is handy only at crunch time or prior to elections, where after the Armed Forces are routinely relegated to the status of a ‘necessary evil’ type heavy baggage that the nation, perforce, has to be burdened with. This bureaucracy has been successful in contouring the political thought process in the same mould.”

“In sheer desperation, post numerous appeals to the political leadership, they (the defense veterans) collected at Jantar Mantar, the newly baptized Mecca of protests, to, virtually, beg for One Rank One Pension -OROP. This was seen in the same light as any other ‘rag tag’ event of Indian street protests. No one listened to them and none cared. Now, more confused, they returned their medals to the President of India, the supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces. These medals, which they were decorated with during their uniformed tenures, were symbols of their selfless service, dignity, valour and pride. Not one word from the supreme commander. Some pension increase was doled out about a year ago, again, in the name of OROP but miles off the target. Actual OROP was a resounding NO by the bureaucrats and, consequently, the government. The beleaguered lot appealed to the courts for various acts of omissions. However, their legitimate arrears, despite having been ordered for payment, by the courts, continue to be denied by the government whose attorneys are filing away plea after repeated plea to reverse or stall these orders against the normal alibi of ‘what about civilians’?,” they said.

“Then, came the first budget of the new government. The Finance Minister, also doubling as the Defence Minister, presented his budget to an over- expectant nation that wanted to hear the loud echoes of your election rallies in the financial roadmap to India’s ‘achhe din’. What came out was, mostly, routine and safe bets, as if all your ‘bold steps to be taken’ had been hijacked, once again and obviously, by the bureaucrats. The FM did proclaim sanctioning of the OROP, finally, with a layout of Rs1,000 crore. This was not even one fourth of the requisite amount. Thus, the UPA II’s gambit was almost repeated. This was stunning, unbelievable but true. Again, no formal government orders about the implementation.”

“Parting with this miniscule component of GDP for OROP will not only rebuild pride and morale of this vital and national human resource but will send a positive signal to the entire edifice of Indian armed forces which is required to remain rock solid for the non-negotiable unity and integrity of India. Lastly, I wish to submit that if you think that OROP would severely dent India’s economy and the ‘steel frame’, please inform the ESMs in clear terms and as a finality. At least they would start breathing and stop chasing an Indian mirage,” the letter sent to PM Modi said.

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Payment of DA on Pension of Ex-Servicemen

Payment of DA on Pension of Ex-Servicemen

Guidelines issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare for payment of Dearness Relief to re-employed pensioners have been extended by this Ministry to the ex-servicemen re-employed in civil posts. These guidelines are as under:-

• The pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts of the ranks of Commissioned Officers at the time of their retirement is fixed at the same stage as last drawn before their retirement. These pensioners are not entitled to any Dearness Relief on pension on their re-employment in civil posts.

• The pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts below the ranks of Commissioned Officers (PBOR) at the time of their retirement is fixed at the minimum of the pay scale of the post in which they are re-employed. Such pensioners are entitled to Dearness Relief on pension on their re-employment in civil posts.

• If the pay of re-employed pensioners who held posts, below the ranks of Commissioned Officer (PBOR) at the time of their retirement before attaining the age of 55 years, is fixed at a higher stage because of advance increments and no protection of the last pay drawn is being given, the pay is treated as fixed at a minimum of the pay scale for the purposes of ignoring the entire pension and allowing Dearness Relief on pension.

It is expected that the aforesaid guidelines are being implemented by all banks uniformly without prejudice to the ex-servicemen category. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to ShriMahendra Singh Mahrain Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Maximum age limit for recruitment of Ex-servicemen in the Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions

Maximum age limit for recruitment of Ex-servicemen in the Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions

Guidelines on reemployment of Ex-servicemen in Public Sector Banks/Financial services have been issued vide the Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs (Banking Division) (Now Department of Financial Services) OM No.261/16/89-SCT(B) dated the 30th May, 1990. The OM prescribes the following maximum age limit for recruitment of Ex-servicemen in the Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions:

1. Security Guard/Armed Guard 45 Years
2. Clerical cadre 50 Years
3. Sub-staff cadre other than Security Guard/Armed Guard 50 Years
4. Chief Security Officer 55 Years
5. Security Officers 40 Years

The Public Sector Banks do not have any Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACP) similar to Government.

The above information was submitted as in the written reply in Rajya Sabha on 12th Dcember 2013 by the Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V.Narayanasamy.

Extension of Benefits to ECHS Card Holders…

Extension of Benefits to ECHS Card Holders…

ECHS beneficiaries who are holding a valid ECHS Card and are residing in districts not covered by ECHS shall be eligible to obtain treatment from Govt. (Central/State/Local Self Government) hospitals and submit the medical re-imbursement claim to the ECHS Polyclinic (i.e. they can avail the treatment without obtaining referral from Polyclinic located outside their district)…

Medical facilities for in-patient treatment and post-operative follow-up treatment to ECHS beneficiaries residing in districts not covered by ECHS.

 

No. 22D (09)12013/US (WE)/D (Res)
Government of India
Deptt of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi

Dated the 21st August, 2013

To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject:- Medical facilities for in-patient treatment and post-operative follow-up treatment to ECHS beneficiaries residing in districts not covered by ECHS.
Sir.
1, The undersigned is directed to invite attention to Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 24(48)/03/US(WE)D(Res) dated 19th December, 2003 and to state that keeping in view, the difficulties being faced by the ECHS beneficiaries residing in districts not covered by ECHS it has now been decided to liberalise the ECHS Rules as follows to enable them to avail medical facilities for in-patient treatment and post- operative follow-up treatment-

(a) (i)   ECHS beneficiaries who are holding a valid ECHS Card and are residing in districts not covered by ECHS shall be eligible to obtain treatment from Govt. (Central/State/Local Self Government) hospitals and submit the medical re-imbursement claim to the ECHS Polyclinic (i.e. they can avail the treatment without obtaining referral from Polyclinic located outside their district),

(ii) Re-imbursement shall be limited to the CGHS rates applicable to the nearest ECHS Polyclinic and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals whichever is lower.

(b) (i)  ECHS beneficiaries who are holding a valid ECHS card and are residing in districts not covered by ECHS shall be eligible to obtain post¬operative follow-up treatment from Govt. (Central/State/Local Self Government) hospitals in follow up cases of Renal Transplant Surgery Knee and Hip Joint Replacement, Cancer Treatment Neuro Surgery and Cardiac Surgery. However, prior permission (referral) is to be obtained from the OIC of nearest ECHS Polyclinic.

(ii) Permission shall be issued for 3 to 6 months at a time and may be extended based on medical requirement. Reimbursement for consultation, procedures and investigations shall be limited to CGHS rates applicable to the nearest ECHS polyclinic and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals ,whichever may be lower. OPD medicines shall be obtained from the concerned Polyclinic for a maximum period of 3 months at a time.

2. These order will come into effect from date of issue.

3. This issues with the concurrence of MoD (Finance) vide U.O. 1574/13/Fin/Pen dated 11th July, 2013.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
( HK Mallick)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: http://www.desw.gov.in
[http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/in-%20patients.pdf]

Recruitment to posts in Pay Band -1 of Rs.5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- from Ex-servicemen regarding

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
(BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No, 47/2013.

No. E (NG)II/2009/RR-1/10.

New Delhi, Dated: 10.05.2013.

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railway & Production Units
(As per standard mailmg list)

Sub: Recruitment to posts in Pay Band -1 of Rs.5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- from Ex-servicemen regarding.

Attention is invited to instructions issued vide Board’s letter No.E(NG)ll/2009/RR-1/10/Pt. dated 27.6.2012 (RBE No. 76/2012) wherein while directing to issue notification in July, 2012 for vacancies occurring in Pay Band -1 of Rs.5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-, it was communicated that modalities for filling up of 20% ex-servicemen quota will be communicated separately.

2. The issue has been deliberated upon and it has been decided that zonal railways shall take immediate action for filling up of vacancies exclusively against ex-servicemen quota in terms of conditions mentioned in Board’s letter of even number dated 10.9.2010 (RBE No. 130/2010) taking into account 20% vacancies of ex-servicemen for which general notifications were issued in July, 2012 and also the other vacancies against the said quota which has remained unfilled before 01.01.2013.

3. Immediate action be taken for issuance of notification and the whole process should be completed by 15th October, 2013. Further, the panel may be drawn in such a manner that it adequately takes care of eventualities like non-turning up of candidates, failing in medical etc., after selection. Therefore, panels may be drawn large enough so that all the posts are eventually filled up.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Hindi version will follow.)

Source: AIRF