Wednesday, January 20, 2010

News from Dehra Dun by Lt Col BM Thapa..9th Anniversary of Dehradun Ex-services League; Shyampur Shakha

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From: Brij Mohan Thapa
Date: Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:37 PM
Subject: : 9th Anniversary of Dehradun Ex-services League; Shyampur Shakha
To: aaa Brig C S Kamboj

Dear Brig Kamboj,
Many thanks for caring DOON VALLEY ESM. Though Rs 6450 has been depoited towards subscriptions/donations in IESM HDFC bank A/C during last week yet second list of ESM who have become life member will follow soon. More ESM are keen to become member of IESM provided reduced rate of subscription extended further. Kindly confirm.

I am enclosing report of more ESM activities of DOON VALLEY along with photographs of ESM function held on 17 Jan 10 attended by more than 400 ESM and families and also scan copies of News Paper Cutting of Himanchal Times and Garhwal Post. All ESM were happy during the function on hearing all activities of IESM and on receiving welcoming & congratulating message from the Chairman of IESM.

Shyampur Shakha of DESL celebrates its 9th Annual Day.

Shyampur Shakha of Dehradun Ex-Services League, situated beyond Prem Nagar, celebrated its 9th Annual Day on 17th January with great pomp and show at the premises of Sangam Public School. Brig(Retd) K.G.BEHL, President DESLwas the chief guest on the occasion and Smt.Manju Thapa, Gram Pradhan Arcadia,was special guest besides Shri D.S.Badola, Principal Sangam School, Lt Cols B.S.Chettri, R.K.Arya, ans B.M.Thapa, Secy. DESL. Vir Naries of the area. were especially invited.
The programme started with the lighting of lamp by the chief guest and others followed by Saraswati Vandana and welcome song by students and ESM ,especially composed by CPO C. B.Gurung.
The President of Shakha H/Capt. B.S.Thapa, welcomed the guests and the audience and reported about all welfare activities carried out during the year.
In his address Brig Behl, President DESL congratulated the members of the shakha on their raising Day and wished them a very happy and prosperous New Year 2010. He expressed his happiness that inspite of the inclement weather a large number of people have turned out in their gay mood and thanked members of the managing committee for arranging such a nice function and variety entertainment programme..
He was happy that most of the ex-Servicemen have got their arrears but wanted them to check where ever it is not as per figures given in the Pamphlet published by DESL. He expressed his happiness on Govt. agreeing to resolve some of the anomalies pointed out earlier but final orders are not yet out specially raising pension at the time of retirement from 50% to70%, which used to be maximum earlier. He informed the audience thatcase has been taken up with the PCDA and others for fixing pension on the basis of Grade Pay, as being done for fixing regular officers Pay and not the minimum of the scale as done now. It makes a big difference in pension.
Regarding ‘One Rank One Pension’ for which a large number of ESM have returned their medals and the agitation is going on at Delhi he expressed that our full support and a large number of ESM from Dehradun have become members there also. A committee was constituted by DESL which has worked out a table by which working of one rank one pension becomes simpler and Govt. need not to spend as nuch funds as dreaded. Hon’ble Defence Minister has been requested to give time for presentation before officials who are required to take decisions.
Brig Behl also explained about the progress being made in the working of ECHS. He later replied to the queries made by the members regarding various problems being faced and promised to take up the issues with the concerned authorities. He announced the sanction of Rs. 2500/- for the welfare activities.
The cultural programme continued which included Hindi, Rajasthani, Gorkhali,Garhwali and Punjabi songs and dances which were very much appreciated. Large number of school children participated in cultural programme who were awarded cash prizes by ESM for their excellent performance. Donation of Rs 1000.00 each was given by Lt Col S S Thapa, Lt Col B M Thapa and MCPO Class I -S S Panwar, Owner Gass Service for the welfare of Shakha ESM and Veer Narees.
Programme was compered by Lt Hari Singh Gurung, which was highly appreciated by all. It was organized very well by Capt B.S.Thapa Shakha President Shyampur and his team. Lt Col G.B. Gurung proposed the vote of thanks. It was followed by delicious lunch.

In Put
Lt Col B M Thapa,Retd
Gen Secy

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