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LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER

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LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER

01 Jul 2016


Respected Chhote Bhai Narendra Modi Saheb

I write to you in anguish and pain to tell you what the bureaucrats have done to your promised OROP. Having made a mess of it, made you announce that you have given the veterans their long pending demand of 40 years, even in foreign lands. A statement that is totally wrong. Coming from the Prime Minister of our Great Nation and my Chota Bhai it is painful to say the least.

OROP What it Means

The first requirement for it to be called OROP is that old pensioners pension is brought up to the same level as of today by matching up the rank, length of service and for JCOs and Jawans also the group they have served in. The second part of OROP requirement is that any future increase given to the current pensioners is automatically passed onto the old pensioners.The conditions set out in this apology of an OROP ensure that it will neither be equalised nor maintained at that level. How can we then call it OROP? At best it may be called some increase in pensions to bridge the gap of old and new pensions.Now having messed up they have changed the very definition to match up what they have given.

OROP Given Twice In The Past

I should know it better than anybody as I was the one who raised this with the Prime Minister first time on 22 Feb 1982. Then fought it through various High Level and High Level Empowered Committees (HLEC) of MOD as Member. Twice I got it through. Once in 1990 through HLEC as ONE TIME INCREASE FORMULA (OTI) and second time in 2006 by forcing the Govt to appoint a Committee headed by Sh Pranab Mukherjee the then RM and the current President of India. 

In 1990 I had got all the Committee Members of the HLEC to give OROP but the then Finance Minister Dr Manmohan Singh put his hands up as the country was facing grave economic crises due to which we had to air lift all our gold reserves to UK. Nevertheless the OTI was only ten to forty six rupees less than the current pensioners depending upon the length of service and no other consideration. This was as good as OROP. 

Mr Gujral Accepts OROP

I then raised the issue with Mr Gujral the next Prime Minister for full OROP. He accepted to give it. I was asked by Defence Secretary to put up the paper for Cabinet approval. I gave the paper to him on 04 Nov 1997. In this paper I even accepted OTI formula as OROP if it was converted  in to Pension Increase Formula ( PIF ) for all times to come and all categories of pensioners were included for award. The bureaucrats again played dirty by sitting on the file till the Govt fell.


Our Problem

I have been witness to the spectacle of  the bureaucrats playing dirty over the past over thirty four years. Our problem has never been lack of goodwill of the leadership for our cause. It has been the lack of correct projection of our problems. The bureaucrats have always first cut our communications with the leadership and then fed them with blatant lies to deny us our rightful dues.

You find this very pattern for OROP as well. It is amazing that you have yet to meet the Veterans despite  they being on the road for over a year. Narendra Modi Bhai Saheb are they untouchable that you hold it below your dignity to even meet them leave alone solve their legitimate problems? Over the last thirty four years I was given the privilege to be invited by every Prime Minister. Even Sh Atal ji invited me on 26 Jul 2001 to discuss and resolve our Problems.

Appeal to You To Create Instruments

I read your statement about consulting soldiers and veterans while taking decisions pertaining to the matters affecting them. I was thrilled to note that you had identified the problem so soon on assuming the charge. I appealed to you on 01 Jul 2014 to create instruments if you wanted to  involve us in making decisions to achieve your desire . The instruments were as follows :-

a) Ministry of Defence's separate Standing Committee of Voluntary Associations (SCOVA) like in Ministry of Pensions. It has twelve pensioners organisations as Members. They meet every three months and project their problems which are resolved by the Govt. With this the requirement of agitation by veterans and resultant embarrassment to the Govt will be cut down to almost zero

b) Department of Ex servicemen Welfare should be manned by serving soldiers and veterans. With this the Govt will get correct advice to take correct and timely decisions.

c) Representation  of Armed Forces in the MOD at all decision making levels.The RM has recently appointed an advisor from the Air Force with fanfare so that he can give the advice to him about matters concerning the Armed Forces?. This again is publicity and nothing else. What can he advise about Navy and Army? Do you know that the Armed Forces are the only uniformed service not represented at decision making level of the controlling Ministry. Why? Can anybody justify it? Have you lost trust in the Armed Forces. Have they ever let the Nation down for securing the Nation or for any other task given to them. Are they in any way incompetent to bear their responsibility.? If not then why have they been kept away from this responsibility of managing and advising by being part of the MoD? Instead of this half baked advice by one man the RM could have all the advice by placing the Armed Forces personnel in the MoD. The bureaucrats will resist it with all their might because they feel threatened by their efficiency and losing avenues of employment and promotion. Can you allow that at the expense of the National security?

d) The Armed Forces Tribunal should be given more powers to make it more effective.

e) The  Ex servicemen Resettlement Commission for attending to their problems like many other categories of people.

Sanctioned Instruments By You Not Constituted   

We were amazed at the promptitude with which you took decision and announced the appointment of  Ex servicemen Commission and Committee for Ex servicemen Welfare as a result of our appeal. We felt that you have put the affairs on the right track.The bureaucrats however had other plans. They have yet not implemented your important decisions. You would soon get to root of the cause if you asked them why have they not implemented these orders for more than a year. If these were in place there would have been no necessity for the Justice Reddy Committee, initially called Commission, to correct the anomalies of OROP. The title change prompted by the bureaucrats, due to the  fear of having to justify their wrong decisions. These anomalies would have been thrashed out by the Welfare Committee itself. Those for which solution could not be found could have been referred to the    Ex servicemen Commission. Where was the necessity for Justice Reddy Committee? It has been brought in merely to give it a ceremonial burial which had legal blessings for all times to come.The matter would have been solved without any fuss and without Veterans coming on the road for their legitimate demands.

Bureaucrats Master Stroke

When you took charge we thought our Messiah is here. You will hold these all powerful bureaucrats accountable, who unabashedly say we are the Govt, . Over the years I realised that when all their tactics fail to get decisions detrimental to the cause of the Armed Forces, they play the master stroke of Armed Forces taking over the Govt.  The remedy of continuing to deny them their rightful dues is the sure shot recipe for that happening. 

Kautulay Advice to His Emperor

Lastly I quote Kautulya's advice to his Emperor of Magadha-

" If ever things come to a sordid pass when, on a given day, the Mauryan soldier has to LOOK BACK over his shoulder (simhawalokana) prompted by even a single worry about his and his family’s material, physical and social well being, it should cause you and your Council the greatest concern and distress. I beseech you to take instant note and act with uncommon dispatch to address the soldier's anxiety. It is my bounden duty to assure you, My Lord, that the day when the Mauryan soldier has to demand his dues or, worse, plead for them, will neither have arrived overnight nor in vain. It will also bode ill for Magadha.
 For then, on that day, you, My Lord, will have lost all moral sanction to be King! It will also be the beginning of the end of the Mauryan Empire!!”

 Appeal

 I appeal to you to kindly take the matter in your own hands and ensure that OROP is granted at the earliest. Its time that you ended the uncertainties of the Veterans who are sitting on the road for the past over a year. Hope you will make it possible for me, who has struggled for the past thirty four years, to see the implementation of OROP  before I say final good bye. Which may happen sooner than later. I remain your well wisher ever.


I do not expect the bureaucrats to allow this appeal to ever reach  you. I am therefore sending it to many dignitaries with the hope that somebody may take pity on us and reach it to you.

With kind regards and best wjshes

Yours Sincerely

Lt Col Inderjit Singh


The Hon'ble
Sh Narendra Modi
The Prime Minister of India
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7th Pay Commission latest news today

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7th Pay Commission latest news today: Narendra Modi government to ‘consider’ hiking minimum wage to Rs 26,000, after union threatens to call for indefinite strike

For last three years more than 47 lakh Central Government employees and 57 lakh pensioners were waiting for the implementations of 7CPC but after Wednesday many seems to be unhappy with action taken by government officials.




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New Delhi, June 3: The Narendra Modi government will ‘consider’ hiking the minimum wage of Central Government employees from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000, after officials from various unions had threatened to call for indefinite strike. On Thursday, a day after Modi government had approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendation, various central government employee union leaders met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Soon after the meeting ended the union leaders were assured that their demands of increasing the minimum wage from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 will be consider.
According to a source within the ministry, Narendra Modi government can boost the minimum wage as they cannot afford indefinite strike which has been called by the union leaders from July 11. Following the threat Modi government is considering to set a panel to review the entire issue.
More than 33 lakh government employee were disappointed by the minimum wage set at Rs 18,000 by the 7CPC and are demanding that the minimum salary be set at Rs 26,000 per month.
For last three years more than 47 lakh Central Government employees and 57 lakh pensioners were waiting for the implementations of 7CPC but after Wednesday many seems to be unhappy with action taken by government officials.
Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), “They have fixed the minimum wage at a meagre Rs 18,000 in the 7CPC. Earlier the basic pay was Rs 7,000 which was multiplied by 2.57 (fitment formula) after which it came to Rs 18,000. Our demand is 3.8 fitment formula”. (Also Read: 7th Pay Commission latest news today: Minimum wage of Central Government employee to be hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000)
The trio ministers have been informed about the fitment calculation of 3.8 which is considered by the. The implementation of 7CPC will give a burden of Rs 1.02 trillion to the government and according to 3.8 fitment formula the Modi government will have an additional burden of Rs 3.28 thousand crore.
The employees have been demanding to apply fitment formula of 3.8 since November 2016. They had also kept their demand to Justice A K Mathur led team who was heading the 7CPC.
Modified Date: July 3, 2016 5:10 PM

AICPIN for the Month of May 2016 will take July DA to 7percent hike

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The AICPIN released by Labour bureau on 30th June 2016 raises our expectation on DA from July 2016. The AICPIN for May 2016 has been increased by 4 points and pegged at 275 [ SEE : AICPIN points for previous Months ] . So there is a strong possibility for expected DA from July 2016 to reach 132 % Level in Sixth CPC with 7% increase.[ Check the DA Calculator ]
No. 5/1/2016- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
‘CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 30th June, 2016
Press Release
Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — May, 2016
The All-India CPI-IW for May, 2016 increased by 4 points and pegged at 275 (two hundred and seventy five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 1.48 per cent between April, 2016 and May, 2016 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.78 per cent between the same two months a year ago.
The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 3.69 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Masur Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Eggs (I len), Fish Fresh, Milk, Chillies Green, Brinjal, Cabbage, French Bean, Potato, Tomato, Sugar, Petrol, etc. are responsible for the increase in index.
The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.59 per cent for May, 2016 as compared to 5.86 per cent for the previous month and 5.74 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.48 per cent against 7.55 per cent of the previous month and 5.99 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
At centre level, Salem reported the maximum increase of 12 points followed by Puducherry and Mysore (11 points each), Bengluru (10 points), Quilon, Warrangal and Coonoor (9 points each). Among others, 8 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 7 points in 5 centres, 6 points in 5 centres, 5 points in 9 centres, 4 points in 6 centres, 3 points in 9 centres, 2 points in 6 centres and I point in 17 centres. On the contrary, Amritsar recorded a decrease of 1 point. Rest of the 10 centres’ indices remained stationary.
The indices of 31 centres are above All-India Index and other 42 centres’ indices are below national average. The indices of Pune, Salem, Vishakhapatnam, Bokaro and Varanasi centres remained at par with All-India Index.
The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of June, 2016 will be released on Friday, 29th July, 2016. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.
(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERA
Check The Expected DA from July 2016 will reach 132% level with increase of 7percent : DA CALCULATOR for July 2016

33 Lakh Government Employees Threaten To Go On Strike:

National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association, to oppose the hikes given by the 7th Pay Commission. (Representational Image)
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Central government employees threaten to go on strike from July 11
They are unhappy with the 'meagre' pay hike announced Minimum wage is Rs. 18,000, but they want at least Rs. 26,000
New Delhi: With widespread resentment against the "meagre" pay hike announced in the 7th Pay Commission, as many as 33 lakh central government employees are threatening to go on strike from July 11. "They have fixed the minimum wage at a meagre Rs 18,000 in the 7th Pay Commission. In the last Pay Commission, the basic pay was Rs 7,000. They multiplied it by 2.57 (fitment formula) and came to Rs 18,000.
We are demanding 3.68 fitment formula," Shivgopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railway Men Federation and Convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), told IANS. NJCA is a front formed by six government staff unions, including Confederation of Central Government Employees (CCGE), All India Defence Employee Federation and National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association, to oppose the hikes given by the 7th Pay Commission. "As many as 33 lakh government employees, excluding the defence personnel, will go on strike if we do not get some kind of assurance from the government to reconsider the decision.
The major contention is on the minimum wage, which we are demanding to be Rs 26,000," KKN Kutty, President of CCGE and general secretary of national coordination committee of pensioners association, told IANS. Sponsored Content by Taboola CargillVoice: What's In Your Food? Get The Skinny On 4 Misunderstood Ingredients​ Forbes for Cargill "We had a meeting with a group of ministers, including the Home Minister (Rajnath Singh), Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) and Railway Minister (Suresh Prabhu) on the evening of June 30.
They said it will be considered and will be referred to some committee," said Mr Mishra. "We are waiting to hear back on this from the government by July 4 evening or July 5. In our meeting, it was only a verbal commitment. If the government gives us specific details like which committee will review, etc. then we will defer the strike. We have a meeting on July 5 to decide on the strike," Mr Kutty said. "We had met the government on June 9, and suggested various improvements in the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations. But the government has not given any heed to whatever improvements we had proposed. They have given same hike as suggested by 7th Pay Commission," C Srikumar, General Secretary, All India Defence Employees Federation, told IANS. Mr Srikumar contends that the prices of essential commodities considered by the Seventh Pay Commission itself were faulty, which has resulted in the meagre rise. "Price considered of essential commodities by pay commission is not right. They have taken dal price at Rs 97. Where do you get dal for Rs 97?" he said. The NJCA is also demanding for the withdrawal of the new national pension scheme (NPS), which came into effect from October 2004. "A lady employee, who got the job after her husband's death, retired after 12 years of service. She comes under the new NPS scheme as she joined service after 2004. She gets Rs 960 pension per month," Mr Srikumar said. However while the fate of the strike is still unknown, a central government junior staffer on the condition of anonymity told IANS: "I don't think much will come out of the strike. The only thing the government might do is increase the allowances slightly, that's it." The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the parent body of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has also expressed its "dissatisfaction" at the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations. "A huge gap has been created between the minimum and the maximum wage after the government approved the Seventh Pay Commission Report's recommendation," BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay told IANS earlier. However, BMS is not expected to go on strike as it is not a part of the NJCA. The Union Cabinet has decided to constitute three separate committees, including one to look into the anomalies likely to arise out of enforcement of the commission's report. "The two separate committees constituted includes for suggesting measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission's Report," said an official statement earlier. The cabinet approved the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations for central government employees on July 29, which will impact some 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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