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Friday, 17 October 2014

Will clear hurdles, hike OROP funding: VK Singh

 Hindustan Times  Arainpura (Karnal), October 13, 2014 
Aiming at gaining support of ex-servicemen in the Haryana assembly elections, Union minister and former army chief VK Singh said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would “soon clear bureaucratic hurdles” to implement the ‘one rank-one pension’ (OROP) scheme for the armed forces. Urging the people to “throw stones” at other parties, Singh said the Centre had allotted Rs. 1,000 crore for the implementation of the OROP scheme in the budget. He was addressing a rally in support of the party’s nominee from Gharaunda, Harvinder Kalyan, who had recently joined the saffron party. Once a close aide of late chief minister Bhajan Lal, Kalyan quit the Congress in 2005 and joined the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) floated by Bhajan Lal. Then he joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and contested the 2009 elections unsuccessfully as its candidate. 
Meanwhile, Singh, Union minister of state for external affairs, said the Centre would increase the OROP allocation and “may start disbursing dues in installments”. He claimed, “The Congress government did nothing for the ex-servicemen. The BJP upon assuming power paved the way for fulfillment of the long-pending demand. Though the Centre has made up its mind to implement the scheme, files are pending with bureaucrats. I am sure these would be cleared soon.”

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

NEWS COVERAGE OF KARGIL DIWAS



A FUNCTION WAS HELD IN TEJASWI MOTORS COMPLEX AT KOTHAPET


This association arranged a function at Tejaswi Motors Complex on 26.7.2014 at 1700 hrs. Several Widows of Kargil Victims were honoured at the function. Financial help also was extended to these War Widows by the Association.






Saturday, 26 July 2014

KARGIL VIJAY DIVAS : LATE MAJ.PADMAPANI ACHARYA MVS STATUE AT B N REDDY NAGAR GARLANDED BY THIS ASSOCIATION







Wg Cdr Jagannadha Acharya  father of Maj.Padmapani Acharya was
also present(extreme left)

KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS IS BEING CELEBRATED BY OUR ASSOCIATION ON 26th JULY 2014



ON THE OCCASION ON 15th  KARGIL  VIJAY DIWAS THIS ASSOCIATION IS CONDUCTING THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS ON 26 JULY 2014.

1. AT 10.30 AM THE ASSOCIATION WILL GARLAND THE STATUE OF LATE.       MAJ.PADMAPANI ACHARYA MVC AT VANASTHALIPURAM.

2. A PROGRAM WILL BE A FUNCTION AT TEJASWI MOTORS COMPLEX, BESIDE RYTHU BAZAR, KOTHAPET, HYDERABAD. SRI KARNE PRABHAKAR, MLC TRS, COL.(Retd) ASHOK KUMAR, DIRECTOR SAINIK WELFARE,  AND SRI. SREENESH KUMAR SAINIK WELFARE OFFICER, RANGA REDDY DISTRICT WILL ATTEND THE FUNCTION.

ALL THE MEMBERS ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND ALL THE CITIZENS ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE ABOVE FUNCTIONS AND MAKE IT A GRAND SUCCESS.

P.VIGNESHWAR RAJU
GENERAL SECRETARY 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

IESM LETTER TO DEFENCE MINISTER ON IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP)



19 Jul 2014
ShArunJaitley
Hon’bleRakshaMantri
Ministry of Defence
South Block, New Delhi-110011
Sub: IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP)
Dear ShArunJaitley,
We are grateful for granting us the meeting with you on 16 July 2014  with regard to issue of Implementation letter for OROP.
Sir,
 your contention that the gap between the calculations made by the Service HQs and the officials of MoD namely CGDA, PCDA, Secy DESW is very large, due to which there was delay in issuing the Govt Letter; is a serious cause of concern for the Defence Fraternity. 
Since, there is only ONE Definition of OROP as approved by the Parliament and therefore, there has to be only ONE calculation, irrespective of small or large gap.
                     It is simple Mathematics
  As pleaded by us, there cannot be two calculations.
  These gaps have been designed to find a way to deny full benefit of OROP to Ex-Servicemen. 
A point to be noted here is that had OROP been granted 25 years back there would not have been any gap now. 
Sir, we are not after money and not asking for back dated payment, it is the principle of seniority in Armed Forces which we cherish. 
As per this principle, a senior rank person should not draw pension/ pay less than rank lower than him. It is a simple principle we need to maintain hence we cannot afford any violation with OROP principle.
Sir, in case X and Y Groups are to be granted OROP as per their respective Groups, the funds required will be 4500 – 5000 Crores, as per calculations correctly carried out by the Service HQs.  And in case all Defence Employees are to be granted ‘X’ Group rates of pensions, then the amount required would be 6500-7000 Crores as per the calculation made by PCDA.
The funds required for the two options are not too large for the Nation to pay justified pensions to the Retired Soldiers, who have given their life and comforts of life for national security.
The CGDA/PCDA/DESW should not be allowed to dilute the definition of OROP or coin their own definition or understanding of OROP. Their calculations, based on datum line 01.01.2006 pensions rates, are totally against the  approved definition which requires the OROP to be calculated based on the rates of pensions as on 01.04.2014, the date from which OROP has been sanctioned and future enhancements are to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This was duly discussed in the meting chaired by you on 12thJune 2014. 
The M1 and M2 Models by CGDA, PCDA, and DESW were out-rightly rejected.
Sir, ex-servicemen are fighting for a principle, any dilution of definition of OROP will not be acceptable to the Ex-Servicemen. It has to be full OROP as per the definition already approved by the Parliament.
In view of the foregoing, please expedite issue of Govt Letter for the implementation of OROP as per the DGL prepared by the Service HQs.

With regards,
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Chairman IESM
Mob: +919312404269,                               0124-4110570
Email ID: 
satbirsm@gmail.com
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ShriRaoInderjit Singh                                RakshaRajyaMantri C-1/14 Lodi Garden        New Delhi - 110 003   
For immediate action to issue the Implementation letters of OROP please.
General Bikram Singh,                                               PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM,  ADC             Chief of the Army Staff &Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee                                        Integrated HQs of Armed Forces (Army)     South Block, New Delhi-110011
May we request you to jointly pursue the matter with the Govt for issue of Implementation letter as suggested above at the earliest please.
Admiral RK Dhowan,
PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC,                                Chief of the Naval Staff                            Integrated HQs of Armed Forces (Navy)    South Block, New Delhi-110011
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Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha
PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC                                     Chief of the Air Staff                                       Indian Air Force                                                  VayuBhawan, New Delhi 110011
(SOURCE- BC VASUNDHARS BLOG)
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Monday, 21 July 2014

UPDATE ON OROP


orop progress Meeting of IESM Delegation with Finance Minister ShArunJaitley on 16 July 14 Dear Veterans IESM delegation met with FM ShArunJaitley on 16 July 14. Following members were part of the delegation. 1 Maj Gen Satbir Singh Chairman IESM 2 Lt Gen SK Bahiri 3 GpCapt VK Gandhi Gen Sec IESM 4 Wg Cdr CK Sharma Treasurer IESM 5 Col HandaDiwave 6 Hony Lt K PandeyMem GB IESM Gen Sabir Singh impressed upon FM that ex-servicemen thank the Govt for granting OROP, however despite a lapse of five months since approval of OROP on 17 Feb 14, Government order for implementation is still not issued. We request that the implementation order may please be issued soon. Moreover Rs 1,500 crore allotted for OROP is not adequate for full OROP and more funds may please be released for OROP. FM replied that the DGL is under active consideration of Govt and it will be issued once consultations are completed. He hinted that funds required for OROP is much more than expected. The issue was discussed for good 15 min but FM did not give any commitment about time frame for issue of implementation order. He opined that it seems he would need to order a meeting between Armed Forces HQs and Govtdeptts (DESW, CGDA) to iron out the differences. It was suggested that IESM should also be consulted and permitted to give its views but FM remained noncommittal on this. End result is that FM did not give any commitment and time frame of approval of DGL put up by Armed Forces HQs. He also did not give assurance of involving IESM and ex-servicemen in the discussion of DGL. IESM is of the opinion that veterans will need to tighten their belts for another long battle with the Govtfor OROP, your Izzat and status. IESM will continue to discuss the issue with all authorities for release of implementation letter for full OROP. IESM will not accept any dilution in definition of OROP as approved by Parliament. It seems DESW and CGDA have succeeded in delaying implementation of OROP for veterans but have had no objections for approving bureaucrats treatment abroad along with an escort on Govt expenses. What a pity this is how India takes care of soldiers and veterans. .
Meeting of IESM Delegation with Finance Minister ShArunJaitley on 16 July 14
Dear Veterans

IESM delegation met with FM ShArunJaitley  on 16 July 14. Following members were part of the delegation.

1              Maj Gen Satbir Singh                 Chairman IESM

2              Lt Gen SK Bahiri

3              GpCapt VK Gandhi                     Gen Sec IESM

4              Wg Cdr CK Sharma                     Treasurer IESM

5              Col Handa                                     Diwave

6              Hony Lt K Pandey                       Mem GB IESM


Gen Sabir Singh impressed upon FM that ex-servicemen thank the Govt for granting OROP, however despite a lapse of five months since approval of OROP on 17 Feb 14, Government order for implementation is still not issued. We request that the implementation order may please be issued soon. Moreover Rs 1,500 crore allotted for OROP is not adequate for full OROP and more funds may please be released for OROP.

FM replied that the DGL is under active consideration of Govt and it will be issued once consultations are completed. He hinted that funds required for OROP is much more than expected. 

The issue was discussed for good 15 min but FM did not give any commitment about time frame for issue of implementation order. He opined that it seems he would need to order a meeting between Armed Forces HQs and Govtdeptts (DESW, CGDA) to iron out the differences. It was suggested that IESM should also be consulted and permitted to give its views but FM remained noncommittal on this.

End result is that FM did not give any commitment and time frame of approval of DGL put up by Armed Forces HQs. He also did not give assurance of involving IESM and ex-servicemen in the discussion of DGL.

IESM is of the opinion that veterans will need to tighten their  belts for another long battle with the Govt for OROP, your Izzat and status.

IESM will continue to discuss the issue with all authorities for release of implementation letter for full OROP. IESM will not accept any dilution in definition of OROP as approved by Parliament.

It seems DESW and CGDA  have succeeded in delaying implementation of OROP for veterans but have had no objections for approving bureaucrats treatment abroad along with an escort on Govt expenses.  What a pity this is how India takes care of soldiers and veterans. .
Posted by ESMA at 1:47 AM 


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