An email received from Cdr KK Punchhi, from Canada, is reproduced below.
On behalf of YOU ALL, 'i' thank Cdr Punchhi for sending this email to us.
His email ID is - firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the ESM have been adversely commenting on the achievements of IESM.
The statement in Parliament by Shree MM Pallam Raju, Union Minister of State for Defence, should leave no doubt in the mind of ALL ESM and the Indian Nation as a whole, that it is the strategic move by IESM to deposit medals with the President of India that 'kick started' and made things move in favour of ESM.
It is time that All ESM Organisations and ALL ESM of All Ranks of All Three Services, stand shoulder to shoulder and carry on with the
JUSTICE FOR DEFENCE SERVICES.
IT IS NOW OR NEVER.
LET US ALL STOP CRITICISING ANY ESM ORGANISATION.
LET ALL ESM ORGANISATIONS MUSTER UNDER ONE UMBRELLA.
LET ALL ESM ORGANISATIONS FOLLOW THEIR OWN PHILOSOPHY
BUT THE ULTIMATE AIM SHOULD BE ONE.
We all need to appreciate the 'Great Step Forward' taken by Gen SK Bahri to once again unite the
ESM ORGANISATIONS. We all should pray for his success in this mission.
A large number of emails are still piled up in my in mail box. Will try and clear them as soon as possible.
In Service of Indian Military Veterans
From: Krishan K Punchhi email@example.com
Subject: FAUJIS BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE, AGAIN.
To: "Chander Kamboj" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sunday, 19 July, 2009, 7:49 AM
Please go through the excerpt from the news published in today's Tribune, which I have cut and pasted below..
The minister said: “Since the issue on which they were agitating has been adequately addressed by the committee, the government expects them to honour their hard earned medals”. He was pointing out to the fact that several officers and jawans had handed over their gallantry medals to President Pratibha Patil.
The minister in question is Sh MM Pallam Raju, Union Minister of State for Defence.
I have following comments..
A.... It is a pity that the Hon'ble minister still thinks that the faujis will be taken in by some half hearted, half baked, belated sops accompanied by sweet talk. Them days are gone forever. He and his ministry must shed their old thinking. Now the fauji wants justice and no half measures. For the first time, all ESMs and ESM orgs have decided to unite and put up a united front. It is time for the ministry to give a very serious thought to the demands of the services and the ESMs.
B.... It is nice that the hon'ble minister has described the medals as hard earned and wants the ESM to take them back. Thank God for little mercies and a belated acknowledgement. There is no doubt that the agitation and return of medals by IESM has had a tremendous effect. A united ESM fraternity will now be able to achieve full justice for the veterans.
C.... Since anomalies to the detriment of the services as well as ESM have increased with each central pay commission and also since the govt has concede that we all will have a separate pay commission, the govt should form a special pay commission for the armed forces right now. Serving and retired personnel should be on this commission and sort out hundreds of anomalies. Needless to say, the bureaucrats should be kept away from it.The decision making should be between the services and the politicians.
K K Punchhi
(Cdr KK Punchhi, Baker Sqn - 7th JSW Course, Founder Member of Naval Aviation and Pride of Naval Aviation, settled in Canada.
He was among the first few members of IESM who sent Rs 50,000.00 as contributions for IESM.)