1. OROP notification: In meet with Arun Jaitley, ex-servicemen demand changes

OROP notification: In meet with Arun Jaitley, ex-servicemen demand changes

Seeking 'corrections' in the One Rank One Pension (OROP) notification, as their protest on the issue entered the 203rd day, a delegation of ex-servicemen met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and submitted a memorandum listing their demands.

By: | Published: January 3, 2016 8:30 PM

Seeking ‘corrections’ in the One Rank One Pension (OROP) notification, as their protest on the issue entered the 203rd day, a delegation of ex-servicemen met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and submitted a memorandum listing their demands.

“A five-member delegation met the Finance Minister and told him that the actual OROP has not been granted. The notification issued has serious flaws and we requested him for corrections in it and granting of actual OROP as per the approved definitions,” retired General Satbir Singh said.

“The minister has assured us that he will speak to the Defence Minister about our demands,” he added.

A group of 100 ex-servicemen including those from Haryana, Punjab, UP and NCR area also protested outside Arun Jaitley’s residence and then moved to Jantar Mantar here.

“For last 6 months, our ex-servicemen are protesting at Jantar Mantar demanding OROP which has been passed by both Houses of Parliament. But the government has been neglecting our demands again and again. It is our request to give us our real OROP,” Arif Ali Khan, one of the protesters, said.

“We had given a notice to the government 21 days ago that we have been protesting peacefully so far. But we have been forced now to go beyond Jantar Mantar. We will now resort to blocking traffic, train and roads if they remain deaf to our demands. We will also disrupt Parliament if need be”, he said.

Another veteran Lieutenant Kameshwar Pandey said, “we feel cheated as this is not the real OROP what government has promised. A proper parliamentary procedure must be followed to make any amendments. We just want the government to refrain from such manipulations”.

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    Jan 4, 2016 at 12:29 am
    USA, China and India are projected to maintain biggest standing armed forces in next 20 years. It is high time, Indian political leaders start a serious discussion on re-organization of military in contemporary WORLD. Here is one of the option USA is successfully maintaining over a century: RE-ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY/CIVILIAN COMMAND STRUCTURE: There should be only 5 commands (NOT as Army, Navy or Air force but all three integrated) - Northern Command, Western Command, Eastern Command, Central Command and Maritime Command (including Strategic Command). Eastern Command will include areas right up to South East Asia. Western Command will include areas up to Russia. Maritime Command will include areas up to West Asia including Arabian Sea, India Ocean, right up to Australia. Northern Command’s area will be limited but Kashmir itself is very important and areas in China (Tibet) and Mona can be included. Central Command will contain all strike formations of Army/AF and all erstwhile area/sub area headquarters. All 5 commands should be commanded by a 4 star general from army, air force or navy, who will report to Joint Chiefs of Staff (4 star general but a higher appointment) deputed by another 4 star general. Both Joint Chiefs of Staff and his deputy will report to the defense minister and their offices will be in Defense Ministry and PMO. Prime Minister will be connected to all 4 star commanders in field by a hotline. There should be a situation room in PMO where regular meeting of top br of security apparatus can take place. Current service chiefs of army, air force and navy will remain in service headquarters to maintain and inter command transfers of the forces, however the military commanders in field will exercise the command and control over the forces under their command. Instead of one defense secretary, there will be secretaries each for army, air force and navy to exercise civilian control.The above model will ensure complete civilian control over military, yet the highest level defense decision maker (PM) in touch with matters military and national defense. Imagine our PM calling the field military commander directly on hotline, eliminating all red tape. There will be no more inter-service acrimony and all forces will jointly responsible for national security! If you ask for the opinion of service headquarters, that may be biased.
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