Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Update on deposition to
Rajya Sabha on Committee OROP
Hello All,
Here is an update of the meeting that Sanjay Prabhu, Rohit and myself had with Rajya Sabha Committee on Petitions on OROP last week: Presentation to the Petitions Committee on OROP, May 04th, 2011 – Highlights of the Meeting

Rajya Sabha Members Present
Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chairman
Ram Vilas Paswan
P Rajeeve
Nandi Yelliah
Paul Manoj Pandian
Avinash Pande
From our side
Sanjay Prabhu
V. Anand
Rohit Nair (Bangalore Patriots Society)
Highlights of the Meeting
The Meeting started with a brief invitation by Chairman of Committee and purpose of the meeting. He acknowledged that the role and sacrifices made by the defense personnel.

· This was followed by our presentation which lasted about 10-12 minutes.

· The theme of the presentation was emotional highlighting the courage, bravery and sacrifices of the Armed forces personnel and how this was an affront to the brave soldiers.

· It also focused on how there was strong support for OROP from all sections of society – citizens, Parliamentary Committees, Political parties etc ( we read out quotes by past PMs and current political leaders who favoured OROP, Supreme Court and the Parliamentary Committee )

· The Members were in agreement on slides which showed how other countries treated their soldiers in a far more dignified manner than India ; and when support of politial parties was assured for OROP
Feedback from Members
· There were 3-4 innocuous queries from the Committee to us – about how many veterans will be benefitted ; will civilians officers object etc – which were part answered by Chairman himself and us as per the presentation.

· P Rajeev and Ram Vilas Paswan were the members who raised queries. Others were quiet and made notes.

· Before the meeting concluded, Chairman thanked us for a “fine and excellent presentation” that “conveyed out points clearly” and said they will call Veterans, Government and other petitioners to hear their points of view.

Additional Opportunity
· We landed an excellent opportunity to interact with the Chairman and Members of the Committee when they joined us for Tea.

· We spent quality 20 minutes of informal interaction about OROP and related issues with the Members.

· Chairman Koshyari seemed particularly happy with our presentation and said the Committee is keen to do justice to veterans and will arrive at a consensus on that. He will also be inviting Ex-servicemen, Serving Defence personnel and the Civilian bureaucracy.

· Nandi Yelliah said there were no issues to implement OROP, except perhaps the financial obligations

· Rajeev said he will support OROP.

· Ram Vilas Paswan was the most emphatic of the lot. He said “he is aware of the issue and hurdles put by babus who don’t see the bodies of soldiers arriving at Palam”. He said the “Committtee will not only make recommendations but ensure fulfillment.”

What Next

· Anand will brief Lt Gen Kadyan on the meeting details so that they can depose with the knowledge of expectations and the kind of reaction to expect from the Committee.

V. Anand
Principal - Public Affairs,
Office of Rajeev Chandrasekhar,
Member of Parliament

1 comment:

  1. dear sir
    Ihope one day majority of the MPS OF our country are educated articulate and understand matters defence . leading the .ihope during my life time you become the prime minister of this country and only then should india become a member
    of the UN security counsil.till then ihope poverty
    corruption equitable distribution of wealth education health,H Ulaw and orderare dealt with .COLONIAL SERVICES LIKE IAS IPS ARE DISBANDED