Saturday, May 18, 2013
Government representatives mislead the Parliament
A note by Maj Gen Satbir Singh, Vice Chairman, IESM, explains, how the Parliament is being misled by various ministerial representatives. There seems to be no sympathy and intentions in the ruling party to ameliorate the sufferings of defence personnel, which instead has closed its eyes and has become immune towards the just demands of the veterans. It is instead heaping injustices after injustices upon the defence personnel especially veterans.
1 The report submitted by the Govt in response to the questions asked in the Parliament is clearly a clerical bureaucratic answers. 39 serious anomalies had been identified by the Service HQs. The MoD needs to answer if any of the anomalies has been resolved?
2 Approx over 3000 cases have been decided in favour of def pers by the AFTs. The MoD has to answer as to how many judgements have been implemented in letter and spirit. The answer is not hard to find. A minuscule of the judgements have been implemented. In most of the cases as a policy MoD has been appealing in the SC. All important cases ie OROP, RANK PAY CASE, DISABILITY PENSION AWARDS, 6TH CPC MANIPULATION OF FIXATION OF PENSIONS, PRE 2006 RETIREE MAJ GENS CASE BASED ON THE JUDGEMENT IN THE CASE OF PRE-96 RETIREE MAJ GENS WHICH HAD ALREADY BEEN WON BY MAJ GENS------ I can go on and on .The DESW instead of resolving the grievances, has been adding to the grievances. Two months ago, IESM team after due invite, had met Mr Harbans Singh OSD in DESW and a list of serious anomalies had been sent to them which had been discussed during the meeting. NO REPEAT NO ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO ADDRESS THE ANOMALIES.
3 Intentionally or otherwise all the tables issued with the 17 Jan 2013 letters of enhancement of pensions are wrong. The same has been pointed out to the MoD. These have not been corrected. As per these tables a Maj with 21 yrs of service has been shown to get more pension than Maj Gen with the same service. Something basically wrong or is it intentionally being done as a policy to keep on heaping injustices on the soldiers.
4 While NFU AND 3RD CARRIER PROGRESSION HAVE BEEN AUTHORISED TO THE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES, DEFENCE SERVICES HAVE BEEN DENIED THE SAME. This has been represented to the Govt, but the same has still not been granted.
5 Is this not a serious grievance that the CPCs had no representation from the def forces inspite or strong pleas from the three Chiefs. Even the committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secy twice, in 2009 and in 2012 had no representation from the def forces. Is it fair? People who do not know about def forces are deciding on them. Is it not injustice?
6 As per the normal rules of governance, one Dept which has stake in another Dept, cannot adjudicate on each other. Keeping this in mind, HOW CAN GP OF IAS SECRETARIES WHICH HAS INTER SE EQUATION WITH THE DEF FORCES BE ASKED TO DECIDE ON MATTERS MILITARY PERSONNEL? Is this not a serious grievance? Inspite of numerous representations, no action has been taken.
7 While the budget allotment for CGHS has been made at the rate Rs 10500 per beneficiary the ECHS has been allotted at the rate Rs 3050 per beneficiary. Inspite of this glaring injustice having been brought to the notice of the RM , nothing has been done, resulting in most of the empanelled Super Speciality Hospitals withdrawing from ECHS.
8 CSD has been allotted merely 30 Percent of the required Funds, denying the def forces the availability of adequate CSD items. This is due to the faulty system of ACCOUNTING. The money deposited by the defence personnel in CSD CANTEENS instead of being deposited in CSD A/C, is being deposited in Central Fund. This System was unwisely introduced in 1977. Inspite of numerous representations, it has not been corrected.
9 In view of the above and many more instances of injustices, HOW CAN THE RM/RRM MAKE SUCH WRONG STATEMENTS IN PARLIAMENT THAT THE GRIEVANCES OF DEF FORCES ARE BEING ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED. IT IS TOTALLY MISLEADING THE PARLIAMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF INDIA.
10 WE MUST RAISE STRONG VOICE AGAINST IT.
Maj Gen Satbir Singh,
Vice Chairman, IESM