1. OROP to benefit about 300,000 in Bihar: M J Akbar

OROP to benefit about 300,000 in Bihar: M J Akbar

One Rank One Pension (OROP) announced by the Centre will benefit about three lakh ex-servicemen and war widows in Bihar, BJP leader M J Akbar said today.

By: | Published: September 7, 2015 9:58 PM

One Rank One Pension (OROP) announced by the Centre will benefit about three lakh ex-servicemen and war widows in Bihar, BJP leader M J Akbar said today.

“The NDA government’s decision to implement OROP proves that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance in this regard has been well meaning and sincere,” Akbar told newsmen, adding, it will benefit about three lakh ex-servicemen, including a little under one lakh war widows in Bihar.

Akbar, who is BJP’s national spokesperson, congratulated the prime minister and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for resolving the vexed OROP issue within a span of 14-15 months since the NDA came to power and slammed the successive Congress governments for keeping the issue pending for over four decades.

Lashing out at Congress and former defence minister A K Antony for stating that the erstwhile UPA government had taken a decision to implement OROP, he rubbished the claim and said Congress did nothing to fulfill the longstanding demand of ex-servicemen for uniform pension since 1973.

He described as ‘big joke’ the UPA government setting aside Rs 500 crore for implementation of OROP last year when it would actually require an expenditure between Rs 8,500 crore and Rs 10,000 crore for the purpose.

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    pkpk
    Sep 7, 2015 at 11:58 pm
    RE-ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY/CIVILIAN COMMAND STRUCTURE. VRS inclusion in OROP draft indicates how ignorant are ministers about military? But the problem is the real govt (babus, who are ignorant about matters military as well as spiteful towards military?) This is dangerous situation for national security. Since there is so much communication gap between the PMO and the service chiefs, babus being the bridge. Babus will filter the information reaching the PM as per their understanding (perception or interests whatever you call it?). Past PM and LITARY/CIVILIAN COMMAND STRUCTURE - There should be only 5 commands (NOT as Army, Navy or Air force but all three combined) - 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 Tibet and Mona can be included. 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) in PMO deputed by another 4 star general. Both Joint Chiefs of Staff and his deputy will report to the defense minister but their offices will be in 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 on specified areas. 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 (You know current DM’s frank admission about matters military). 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 influenced by their self-interest.
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      pkpk
      Sep 7, 2015 at 11:56 pm
      RE-ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY/CIVILIAN COMMAND STRUCTURE. VRS inclusion in OROP draft indicates how ignorant are ministers about military? But the problem is the real govt (babus, who are ignorant about matters military as well as spiteful towards military?) This is dangerous situation for national security. Since there is so much communication gap between the PMO and the service chiefs, babus being the bridge. Babus will filter the information reaching the PM as per their understanding (perception or interests whatever you call it?). Past PM and the current PM consider service chiefs as something untouchable - Manmohan Singh reportedly never met service chiefs despite repeated requests and current PM's record may be same. Why? If he can meet secretaries on daily basis, why not service chiefs, who have a rank higher than secretaries? Is the matters military or national security that unimportant? Here is the suggested solution: RE-ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY/CIVILIAN COMMAND STRUCTURE - There should be only 5 commands (NOT as Army, Navy or Air force but all three combined) - 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 Tibet and Mona can be included. 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) in PMO deputed by another 4 star general. Both Joint Chiefs of Staff and his deputy will report to the defense minister but their offices will be in 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 on specified areas. 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 (You know current DM’s frank admission about matters military). 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 influenced by their self-interest.
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