Dear Members of the Media,
1. The Government has finally accepted and issued orders for implementation of the Supreme Court Judgment in respect of Major Generals who retired prior to 01 Jan 96. This judgment grants the same pension to pre 96 retirees as their counterparts who retired after 01 Jan 96 in the case of implementation of 5th Pay Commission award. This was an ideal opportunity for the Government to apply the same concept in case of 6th Pay Commission pre and post 2006 defence retirees. This action of the Government would have not only done due justice to the Ex Servicemen but would have earned their good will who had been agitating for over an year for the same.
2. The reasons for the Govt dragging its feet and announcing reliefs piecemeal is beyond comprehension as this is leading to frustration and anger amongst the Defence fraternity. This indirectly leads to adversely affecting the serving Defence Personnel as well since today’s serving soldier is an Ex servicemen of tomorrow and also the wards and other family members of Ex Servicemen are presently serving defence personnel.
3. The Government needs to realize that it cannot and should not divorce the serving soldiers from the retired ones as dissatisfaction of one will lead to the dissatisfaction of the other. The Govt should now be magnanimous enough to implement the spirit of SC judgment by granting the same pensions to pre and post 2006 defence retirees for all ranks. What better day to make such announcement than the 10th anniversary of the Kargil War ie 26 Jul 2006?
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Vice Chairman Indian ESM Movement