Tuesday, September 14, 2010

NDTV..Views by Capt Mohan Ram IN

From: N.S. Mohanram
Date: 13 September 2010 12:11
Subject: Re: OROP PROGRAMME ON NDTV 24X7, FEED BACK - "REPORT MY SIGNAL" - EMAIL 438/2010 - (H to Z-1) - 12 SEP 2010 (USA CT)
To: "kris prasad(KSK Prasad)"

I watched the debate onTV. It was lively and well moderated by
Barkha Dutt. If there are legal impediments to one rank one pension,
on the grounds it is retrospective, it should apply to Secretries and
corps commanders also. Arguments of legality and affordability are
convenient scapegoats. If we can waste throusands of corres on a
meaningless showpiecel like CWG, I suppose spending some money on
people who risk their life and limb is affordable.

It is clear that despite the standing committee of parliament's
recommendations, the bureaucracy is clearly against that the case.
Comparing firefighters with the army is downright perverse. Also
politicians do not understand the issue. They probably think the
ex-service vote bank is important!

That Major Sidhu had to fight thirty yerars for disability
pension for full ten years and is yet to get relief despite suprme
court verdict, shows the virulence and obduracy bureaucrats and their
tenacity in denying fair treatment to the Armed Forces. Only when
the political class realizes that this continous feeling of resentment
and second class status of the services can some day mutate (I
sincerely hope it does not!) into something more unpleasant, will they
wake up and do something.

Our politicians end up doing the right thing, only after
exhausting all other possible alternatives!

Captain MohanRam

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