1/n A widely circulated myth on social media is that in 1973, Smt Indira Gandhi terminated ‘One Rank One Pension,’ the basis for deciding pension of Indian Armed Forces Personnel ‘which had been in vogue for 26 years since independence’. In addition, the Government, on the basis
2/n of the report of 3rd CPC, from which Armed Forces representation was excluded, and which was dominated by bureaucrats, increased the pension of civilians, who retired at 58, from 30 to 50 percent, a net increase of 20 percent; and reduced the pension of soldier, NCOs & JCOs
3/n by 20 percent, from 70 to 50 percent of basic pay, with the caveat that for full pension the minimum service was 33 years.
Findings are given below:
Introduction. 1. 3rd CPC was the first CPC for Defence Forces. I quote from para 5, chapter 48 Vol 3 of the report,...
1/n A short story.
4 people (introduced themselves as social activists) visit a veteran in his house who offered them chai & snacks. During the course of the conversation, they started discussing the veteran's writings & social media posts which were critical of the govt.
2/n All of a sudden they get terribly agitated & the language takes a downward spiral & curse words creep in.
A terrible trait in most of us Indians begin with 'Jaante nahin ho, hum kaun hain?"
'Kaun ho Bhai?'
A swelling of a body part later, "hum RSS waale hain. Agar tum ne...
3/n ...ye anti BJP aur anti Modi lekh band nahin kiya, toh achha nahin hoga."
'Kyon? Kya achha nahin hoga?'
Some incredulous looks were exchanged amongst themselves. They get up in a huff & body language takes an aggressive turn.
"Kalburgi yaad hai, na?"
1/n Thread #OROP fallacies over social media. 1. 'In 1973, Indira Gandhi terminated ‘One Rank One Pension.' 2. 3rd CPC increased pension of civilians from 30% to 50% & reduced pension of PBORs from 70% to 50% of basic pay. Facts submitted are courtesy Wg Cdr RK Bali & AM SY Savur
2/n For ease of understanding, I will try & split this into two sub threads. 1. Circumstances Pre 3rd CPC (Headed by Justice Raghubir Dayal) & 2. Post 3rd CPC.
P.S. 3rd CPC was the first Commission to review pay & allowances of The Armed Forces of India. @arunp2810 @rwac48
Pay & pensions were lower than those of British personnel in the Indian Army. During WW2, these were hiked. After the war, these were reduced & brought at par with civilians. Post Independence, pensions were fixed by Armed Forces Pension Revision Committee (AFPRC).
a few of his supporters. To ask for help from #KumarPrashant#AmarnathBhai & others. To build bridges between him & @ArvindKejriwal after his very public fallout with him. His visit was unsolicited and we had no prior information. He just landed up.
Senior Gandhians, after
3/n hearing him out, told him in no uncertain terms that his insinuations weren't supported by proof & his barging into an internal organisation meeting without invitation/intimation is without precedence. Therefore, there could be no resolution.
When the enumerator comes, he will have 2 sets of questions. One pertaining to the census & another set of 21 questions for the NPR. In all likelihood the enumerator will mix up the questions.
The following common (both to the census & NPR)...
2/n ..questions need to be answered. 1. Name of Person ( Start with Head of Household) 2. Relationship to Head 3. Sex ( incl data on 3rd gender) 4. DoB & age. 5. Current marital status 6. Highest Educational level attained. 7. Birth Place.
The following questions for NPR should
3/n not be answered. 8. Name; as to appear in NPR 9. Occupation/Activity 10. Father's name 11. Mother's name 12. Spouse's name 13. Nationality; as declared 14. Duration of stay at present address 15. Permanent residential address 16. Aadhar Number 17. Mobile number
In response to The Adjutant General's Code of Conduct for Veterans, a friend drafted a
*Code of Conduct for Serving Senior Officers of The Armed Forces*
1. Will avoid managing postings under suitable IOs/ROs/SROs. 2. Will not needlessly change interiors of accommodation..
2/n ..provided while taking up a assignment in a new station. 3. Will not arrange Temporary Duties/Foreign Trips to look after personal interests. 4. Will pay mess bills at the rates as decided by the Mess Committee without food & drinks at parties being heavily subsidized.
3/n 5. Will not expect expensive drinks, separate enclosures or food in a social evenings. Will eat and drink what other officers are served. 5. Will not collect expensive gifts on inspection visits to stations or on farewell visits. 6. Will finish writing Annual ..
Pension enhancement was won after a hard agitation thanks to @satbirsm who had the unflinching support of veterans. That, after @narendramodi forgot his promise made in Rewari
2/n Why the hardline stance?
1. #OROP bheek nahin hai. Adhikar hai 2. @BJP4India really shouldn't have lathi charged us. We are a proud lot who served India. We don't forget & we will institutionalise the memory. 3. @narendramodi constant lies wrt #OROP only aggravates situation
3/n Why is the agitation continuing? @BJP4India has only itself to blame because of its actions mentioned earlier. BJP moved actively to divide the ESM fraternity.
We moved to unite other sections of society. m.hindustantimes.com/india-news/rah…
We fought for India. Now, India fights for us
1/n Circa 1994, I was on a post at 15000 feet somewhere in Kupwara sector on the LC.
There was a huge Himalayan Black Bear & her cub who used to visit my post (Coy HQ) every evening to feed over leftovers. They just sat on the track 10 feet away from the langar till one of us..
2/n ..carried over her share of the evening meal. We could actually go as close as 2 feet away from her & she would let loose a mewling strange sort of a sound from her throat. Sometimes the cub would playfully prance around our legs & allow us to pet.
It was a happy arrangement
3/n ..& I daresay both parties used to look forward to this evening ceremony. Till...
22 Jul 1994.
That evening (there was still daylight) she came to the post but was very jittery & fretful. And she had every reason to be so.
Something wonderful is unfolding in Kandhamal district, Odisha.
Amidst the encompassing din of hyper nationalism, lynchings & economic gloom which hangs like a shroud over our heads, simple village folks & volunteers are taking giant steps to fight...
2/n ..social evils & stigma.
Entire villages are taking the following resolutions: 1. We, the people of (village name) will not have not encourage any physical form of untouchability. 2. All public facilities available in the village; like drinking water source, gramya mandap,..
3/n ..community hall, sorting & grading center etc will be free for everybody to use without any discrimination. 3. All religious places of worship will be free for everyone without any discrimination of caste, creed or religion. 4. Everyone is free to participate in all village
1/n Today is a sad day in the history of the Armed Forces of India. On the eve of our 72nd Independence Day, irretrievable proof emerges about the ongoing politicisation of our Armed Forces. These are dangerous events which herald ill for our democracy. On 8th Aug 2018,...
2/n ...@DrGPradhan a known polarising handle published a Twitter poll 👇in which he tagged @narendramodi & @PMOIndia . He follows it up by uploading a video recorded at 3 AM on 13 Aug 2018 predicting a portentous event which occurred on 14 Aug 2018. 356 officers,JCOs & ORs went..
3/n ...to the Supreme Court to appeal against it's directives wrt FIRs, reopening of cases & their provisions under AFSPA. IT IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to clarify these matters and the conditions that we serve in.
Be that as it may, my submissions/questions are as follows...
1/n #CorruptMoDPart1 . Here's the sequel #CorruptMoDPart2
What's the hidden agenda behind opening up of Cantonment Roads & thereby compromising #CanttSecurity? Have a look at Press Release reg encroachment of Defence Lands across India. Over 13000 acres of Prime Real Estate.
2/n Across India, there are 2724 Grant Bungalows under illegal occupation;most of which are used for commercial activities in connivance with officers of #DefenceEstates & @SpokespersonMoD . Despite Supreme Court judgement, no action is being initiated by MoD to reclaim the OGBs.
3/n As you clearly see from the extracts of the CAG report below, rampant misuse, unauthorized conversions into hotels/restaurants/commercial establishments of OGBs is in vogue. What's more? Illegal sale of such valuable govt real estate is also going on unchecked.