HAVE WE FORGOTTEN WAR INJURED SOLDIER ?
When every one is allowed to pocket their arrears of pension and revised pension, why the war injured soldiers, the disabled soldiers, the blinded soldiers, war widows and the posthumously decorated widows have been denied ? Is it so difficult to asses the quantum of pension ? Is the government negotiating with any veteran leaders ? Just a unilateral decision by few bureaucrats takes such a long time.
The 6th CPC submitted its report in March 2008. The government accepted and issued order to all departments on 29-08-2008. Whereas the MOD issued orders with full of anomalies on 11.11.2008 (after 2 months and 10 days) just copying the same MOD letter 14.7.98 without referring or revising any of the specific issues of the armed forces pensioners. The core issues, as we all know, the parity in pension (a blow to the two million defence pensioners) then comes the special category of pensioners specific to armed forces pensioners such as, war injury pension, special family pension, dependent pension, dependent pension liberalized, liberalized family pension, disability pension, constant attendance allowance, special pension to the blinded soldiers.
The 5th CPC’s orders for the above category of pensioners were released by the MOD only after 37 months, i.e. on 06.08.2001. The MOD is trying to drag on the same way now also for another 37 months from 11.11.2008. Already it has done enough harm to the poor low paid pensioners.
They should remember that the Capital had witnessed the first signs of reactions of the ever silent disciplined men’s representatives of 2 million veterans come out on street for 118 days relay hunger strike followed by the surrendering of their pride possession (13000 medals deposited) to the Supreme Commander of the nation.
The government can no longer ignore these signs of protest for long. It is high time that the government should call the representatives of the organization (The IESM) for sorting out the issues. The men in uniform are watching everything.
There are about 20000 widows are eagerly waiting for the revision of the special family pension. About 30000 disabled soldiers are eagerly waiting for increased disability pension. Above all, there are about 11 Lac low paid PBORs are eagerly waiting for some immediate announcement from the government.
“A nation that does not remember those who, laid down their lives for it, cannot always remain a nation worth dying for”.
Whatever may be the outcome of the election, it does not matter. We have acted as per our advisory. Our issue must be settled on war footing.