Thursday, 4 August 2016

One rank one pension, Prime Minister should act like a leader

 (This and a few other articles on the subject were written more than a year ago. A veteran who had consumed poison yesterday died in hospital this morning. Obviously, the issue has not yet been resolved to the satisfaction of those who risk their life to protect us from enemies. It belies all claims to make India strong. There is urgent need to analyse the causes of dissatisfaction and solve the remaining problems without delay. Financial constraint cannot be an excuse. November 2, 2016)

It is time Prime Minister Modi rejects advice of  section officers at the bottom and IAS bureaucrats at the top and announces implementation of one rank one pension for ex-servicemen, as is expected of a leader..

If operational details are yet to be worked out - which would reflect very poorly on the administrative machinery and political leadership - order can be implemented in phases. In the first phase the pension of all the pre-1.1.2006 retirees, irrespective of the date of retirement, should be brought on par with the pension of post-1.1.2006 retirees in the same rank with strict order that the parity with the post-7th Pay Commission retirees would be maintained. Details of arrears should be worked out by separate committees constituted for pre-1996 retirees, pre-1.1.1986 retirees and so on.

Financial constraints should not be cited as an excuse in a country which is facing serious threats from enemies outside the country as well as within , in acountry  in which subsidies and freebies are announced left right for votes and in which politicians derail economic development of the country for petty personal or family gains.

As I have suggested earlier, ex-servicemen should ask the government to make public all records about suggestions, examinations and discussions on one rank one pension.

Devendra Narain
August 23, 2015

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Having ensured OROP for themselves, top ranking bureaucrats are not interested in others. The bottom rank officials who do main 'examination' of proposals not backed by powerful persons, got time to show their authority and 'knowledge'. Why should they support OROP to ex-servicemen when they themselves are not going to be benefited?

Devendra Narain
August 25, 2015