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An appeal to all citizens of India to join in commemorating the valour and bravery of India's invincible soldiers on the Kargil Vijay Divas on 26 Jul 2016.
Dear Citizens of India,
1. We wish to remind the people of India
that seventeen years back on 26 Jul 1999, demonstrating raw courage,
indomitable valour, steely grit and unshakable determination, our Defence
Forces recaptured every inch of our mother land and either killed or threw back
every Pakistani infiltrator who had deceptively and treacherously occupied the
heights in Kargil Region while our then Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari
Vajpayee was extending his hands of friendship to Pakistan in Lahore.
this War 527 Jawans, JCOs and Officers achieved martyrdom and over 1367 were
seriously wounded and disabled. This war was fought at the heights
of over 16000 feet in the most inhospitable, rugged, tough and steep mountain
ridges. Perhaps there is no parallel in world history where military
operations were launched and victory gained in such a short span of time at
such altitude on the lofty mountains. To honour the bravery and
valour of our soldiers“who
sacrificed theirtoday for
your tomorrow” the President of India awarded fourPram Vir Chakra (PVC),
Nine Maha Vir Chakras (MVC) and 55 Vir Chakras (VrC). Capt Vikram Batra,
13 JAK Rif (posthumas ), Lt Manoj Pandey 1/11 Gorkha Rifles (posthumous ),
Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav 18 Grenadiers and Rifleman Sanjay Kumar 13 JAK
Rif were the recipients of highest Gallantry award of PVC.
Media coverage of the war was also of an exceptional standard as No of senior
reporters now especially Barkha Dutt were in the Bunkers with the jawans where
constant enemy shelling was being carried out. They also did not hesitate to
put their life to great danger to give prompt and correct media coverage to one
of the greatest Military Saga at such inhospitable heights.
Pakistani intruders had positioned themselves on Tololing Top, Tiger Hill, Pt
4875, Pt 4590, Pt 5100 and Pt 5140. The names of these hilltops
(points) became familiar to the people of India as these were getting reported
in the Press and Electronic Media during successes of Indian
Forces. Capt Vikram Batra played a sterling role in the capture of
feature Pt 5140, a critical peak from the point of view that it overlooked the
Srinagar – Leh highway which was important for logistics and supply of
reinforcements for the Indian Army. Its capture facilitated in
the subsequent capture of other hill tops ie Pt 4750, 4875 and Tiger Hill and
finally led to an eventual victory of India.
the capture of pt 5140, Capt Vikram Batra radioed his
commanding officer and said the success signal “Yeh Dil
Mange More” The words later went on to become a motivational slogan
during the war and is used even today at various occasions like the
Vijay Divas.In a letter to his parents he had also written
that “Ya toTiranga
Lehra ke Aaoonga, Nahi to is mein lipat ke Aaoonga”
Defence Forces of India are the toughest and the most patriotic forces in the
world. They have always proved their worth during external and
internal threats. They are the strongest pillars of our
democracy. Indian Ex Servicemen Movement (IESM) working for
the welfare of Defence Personnel requests all citizens of India to join in
commemorating the valour and bravery of soldiers on the Kargil Vijay Divas on
26 Jul 2016. All citizens are requested to light a candle at
the main gate of their homes at 8 PM on 26 Jul 2016 and after saying a
prayer for those brave hearts who never returned, place a marigold (Genda) or
other flowers next to it as a silent tribute.
National Capital Region (NCR), the people are requested to reach JM at 5.30 PM
from where we will march towards India Gate at 6 PM, reorganize and light
candles there at 7.30 PM onwards as a mark of respect to the
Martyrs. Kargil Vijay Divas is also being commemorated in others
parts of the country. All
those who are unable to reach Jantar Mantar may do so directly at India Gate at
“Lets us join hands to salute the brave soldiers of India”
“Jad Dulda Khoon Shaheedan da, Taqdeer
Badaldi kauman Di”
Above couplet in Punjabi written on the forts of PESHAWER and SRINAGAR
during the Sikh Army Victories means when soldiers blood is shed it changes the
future and fortune of the Nations for good
The move comes after a Supreme Court judgement said there is no
provision in relevant laws which bars a citizen from filing a complaint for
prosecution of a public servant who is alleged to have committed an offence
In a first, the Centre has decided to empower common man to seek
prosecution of corrupt IAS officers.
The move comes after a Supreme Court judgement, in the case of Subramanian Swamy versus former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others, saying there is
no provision in relevant laws which bars a citizen from filing a complaint for
prosecution of a public servant who is alleged to have committed an offence.
Following this verdict, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)
is in receipt of requests from private persons seeking sanction for prosecution
in respect of IAS officers without any proper proposal and supporting documents.
It is observed that such requests, as are received from citizens are
more in the nature of complaints sans any supporting details, evidence, which
can at best merit inquiry of substantial facts as are evidenced i.e such
requests are without any proposal and supporting documents, the DoPT said in a
draft guidelines issued today.
Keeping in view the basic parameters and requirements for cases received
from investigating agencies, it has been decided to streamline the procedure
for handling the requests for prosecution sanction received from the private
person, it said.
"A proposal from a private individual seeking sanction for
prosecution of an IAS officer serving in the state government may be routed
through the concerned state government as such state government is best placed
to provide basic inputs as regards the alleged misconduct of the concerned
public servant who is or was working under its administrative control.
"In case a proposal is received directly by DoPT by such private
individuals, will be forwarded to the state governments for the preliminary
examination by such state government vis-a-vis the relevant records," it
said. If there is a prima facie case against an IAS officer, the state
government should prepare a detailed report and consider obtaining version of
the concerned officer.
Such report alongwith all relevant records and evidence should be
forwarded to DoPT (which is the cadre controlling authority for such officers)
with the approval of the competent authority there, the proposed guidelines
In case the concerned state government after examination of relevant
records and other evidence is of the view that prima facie no case is made out
of any alleged misconduct which may constitute an offence under the Prevention
of Corruption Act, 1988, it shall inform the person who has made the request
for sanction for prosecution about it, the DOPT said.
In case a prima facie case is made out, the same will be treated as a
proposal as per existing procedures to initiate action for processing the
matter for decision of the competent authority, it said.
All state governments and central government ministries have been asked
to provide their comments on the proposed guidelines by August 12.
"A period of three months for disposing of such proposals would commence
from the date of receipt of complete proposal with all relevant material and
the aforesaid report from the concerned state governments," the DoPT said.
A total of 4,926 IAS officers are working across the country as against
its total sanctioned strength of 6,396.
The apex court had in its judgement given in 2012 observed that "if
the competent authority is satisfied that the material placed before it is
sufficient for prosecution of the public servant, then it is required to grant
"If the satisfaction of the competent authority is otherwise, then
it can refuse sanction. In either case, the decision taken on the complaint
made by a citizen is required to be communicated to him and if he feels
aggrieved by such decision, then he can avail appropriate legal
It was also observed by the Supreme Court that "At the same time, we deem
it proper to observe that in future every competent authority shall take
appropriate action on the representation made by a citizen for sanction of the
prosecution of a public servant, so as to identify and obviate the areas
causing delays in processing of such proposals ...".
In actual fact the move may never be successful due to hood winking and inordinately delayed action or no action at all, since the babus will themselves sit in justice of each case. So, a futile move by the government.
face of it, Kirpa Ram would have seemed like an ordinary man. In actuality, he
was anything but that. He was an Equipment and Boot Repairer (EBR) in 4 Sikh
and could handcraft shoes that would cost a fortune today. More importantly, he
was the unit hockey team goalkeeper and had represented the Indian Army. Kirpa
Ram was also the one who had tamed and looked after the unit mascot, Rani, a
female panther. She followed him like a lamb and, if Kirpa Ram was to be
believed, she was the reason 4 Sikh got the good grades it did in inspections.
unit mascot, Rani was always on parade along with the Officers and Junior
Commissioned Officers for introduction to the visiting officer. She even had a
military number, wore a coat with unit insignia, was given promotions like the
soldiers and was even authorised rations. She used to shake hands with the VIPs
and Kirpa Ram then made her do numerous other tricks. By the time, the VIP
finished with Rani, there was little time left for the inspection. In the early
1970s, we repeated Kirpa’s stratagem, using Raja, a six-feet plus Himalayan
Havaldar Kirpa Ram as a seven year old and interacted with him for one year and
a half, while my father was posted in 4 Sikh. The biggest gain of being an army
brat is that one’s emotional quotient, or EQ, is shaped by one of the finest
organisations of the nation, one that is manned by men of substance – men like
Kirpa Ram. The leadership qualities of Kirpa Ram and his subsequent heroism
remained permanently etched in my mind, and many a time, I’d recall them while
exercising leadership over the largest military command in the world, the
tradesmen like Kirpa Ram were enrolled under the category of Non Combatants
Enrolled. Their task was restricted to their trade and they were not authorised
weapons. However, Kirpa Ram voluntarily took part in all training. He was an
ace shooter and master of basic infantry tactics. Extremely competitive and
active, he was a man blessed with exceptional leadership qualities and these
were particularly evident on the hockey field. The goal posts could not confine
him. He would rush out to the top of the circle and even beyond to urge, coax
and ‘order’ the other 10 to attack and, when chips were down, to counterattack.
Under the posts, he was an acrobat who rarely conceded a goal. Once, when the
team was looking down and out, he rushed forward, discarded his pads and scored
a last minute winning goal!
gave me lessons in leadership as experienced by him in life and on the hockey
field. He said that in life, in battle, and on the playing field, the most
important thing is “pehal-kadami“, or to seize and maintain the initiative
through action and forcing the adversary to react. Do it as fast as you can and
do it continuously, always faster than the enemy’s reaction, thus, rendering
him psychologically helpless. “Inaction,” he said, “is the most serious crime
against the spirit of 4 Sikh.” Then, he told me something in chaste Punjabi
that has been said by many famous leadership gurus: “You can’t leave your
footprints on the sands of time by sitting on your butt! ”
hammered the nails in the combat boots of the soldiers, (a combat boot had to
have 13 nails), he would keep saying “hamla, hamla” (attack, attack). When a
blow was mistimed, he would strike again and say “jawabi hamla” (counter
attack). “When in doubt, attack; and when faced with a setback, counter
met Kirpa at Meerut in early 1962 when he came to play the inter-command hockey
tournament. Largely due to his heroics, his team won the tournament and
he was selected as the deputy goalkeeper to the great Shankar Lakshman (a
three-time Olympian) as part of the Army Team. In our last meeting, he advised
me to join the army because of “saaf life (clean life), sports and adventure”.
He also urged me to join 4 Sikh.
unit – 4 Sikh – was inducted into Walong Sector in the Lohit Division,
North-East Frontier Agency (present-day Arunachal Pradesh) in end-September and
early-October of 1962. They flew in Otter aircraft, a section (10 men) at a
time, from Tezu. The unit occupied a defensive position on either side of the
Lohit river. At Walong, 4 Sikh, 6 Kumaon, 3/3 Gorkha Rifles and 4 Dogra under
11 Infantry Brigade fought the most heroic brigade level action of the 1962
War. The battle was waged continuously from October 18, 1962 to November 16,
1962. Initially, 6 Kumaon engaged the Chinese from October 18 to October 26, in
the area of Kibithoo, 30 kilometres ahead of Walong and close to the McMahon
Line. After delaying the Chinese, the unit fell back to Walong. Patrol clashes
continued from October 27 to November 26, and the Chinese were given a bloody
nose. The main battle was fought at Walong from November 13 to November 16. On
either side of the Lohit river, 4 Sikh and 3/3 Gorkha Rifles were manning the
defences. After the forward battle, 6 Kumaon was in depth (rear) defences while
4 Dogra was just fetching up from Tezu.
Chinese launched a three-pronged attack. They attacked both sides of the river
from the North and, as their main effort, also attacked from the Western flank
by securing two higher tactical features, Green Pimple and Yellow Pimple,
making our defences very vulnerable from the West. On November 14, 6 Kumaon
launched the most valiant counter attack to capture Yellow Pimple from the
direction of Tri Junction, a higher feature further to the west. This was done
with the aim to foil the Chinese main attack from that direction. An intense
battle took place and 6 Kumaon suffered heavy casualties. It fell back upon Tri
Junction. One company of 4 Dogra led by Major (later Colonel) K J Singh, who
was my uncle, was rushed to reinforce 6 Kumaon. Only 33 men out of 100,
including Major K J Singh, could break through the Chinese cordon. They
reinforced 6 Kumaon at Tri Junction. However, the Chinese repeatedly counter
attacked Tri Junction and forced a withdrawal of our troops due to heavy
Chinese now focussed their full attention on to the main defences held by 4
Sikh and 3/3 Gorkha Rifles. The defences of 4 Sikh were attacked from higher
ground to the west and south west, using Green Pimple and Yellow Pimple as firm
bases, and also from the North. The forward companies were soon running out of
ammunition, which had to be ferried from the logistics base. Earlier,
anticipating this task, Havaldar Kirpa Ram had got weapons issued for the non
combatants and had also organised training capsules for them. He led these non
combatants-turned-into-soldiers to continuously supply ammunition to the
forward companies. The battle was reaching its culmination and on the night of
November 15, Kirpa Ram led another ammunition-ferrying column to one of the
forward companies. This time they were ambushed by a Chinese patrol. Following
his hockey field tactics, Kirpa Ram shouted “hamla” and with his team broke
through the ambush, but in so doing was wounded.
man of action, Kirpa, disregarding his wounds, pressed on and delivered the
ammunition to the forward company where heavy fighting was taking place.
Instead of falling back to the logistic base, he stayed back to fight the
battle. Like on the hockey field, he took charge and fought like a man
company suffered heavy casualties and a decision was taken to withdraw. Kirpa
volunteered and stayed back with the rear party, mostly consisting of unit
sportsmen, which was tasked to cover the withdrawal. As the rear
party came under pressure and was running short of ammunition, Kirpa did what
he believed in — “jawabi hamla!” (counter attack). Led by him, the rear party
came out of the trenches and engaged the Chinese with bayonets. But the odds
were against them. The entire rear party including Kirpa was killed in action.
This heroic action, enabled the rest of the survivors of the company to get
away. In the battle of Walong, apart from Kirpa Ram, 4 Sikh sadly lost the
crème of its sportsmen, which included five who had podium finishes at the
lived life on his own terms and died in action, again on his own terms, leading
from the front. He was awarded the coveted Vir Chakra, a rare award for a non
combatant. I passed out of Indian Military Academy, third in the order of merit
and had the choice to join any unit or regiment. Unhesitatingly, I chose 4
Sikh. Apart from its illustrious history, to a great extent, my choice was
influenced by the most unforgettable soldier I ever met: the great Havaldar
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Shri Manohar Parrikar,
Minister of Defence, Government of India
Delhi - 110011
Respected Shri Parrikarji,
youth join Army for many reasons. Some are romantics filled with patriotism and
altruistic concern for the welfare of country. Some are looking for a job to
support their poverty ridden family and some just blunder in. But they serve
unto death for a higher reason, that is, `Guardian Attitude’. The Guardian
Attitude is generated through a regime of tough training and strict discipline
and strengthened by camaraderie between soldiers and officers and shared sense
of glorious past which are hallmark of Military.
Very idea of
Guardianship has to be rooted in the concepts of honour, higher purpose, and
belief that the soldier-citizen is a standard bearer, who embodies the superior
virtues of men’ but are loath to self-publicise. Consequently `the military
elite, like other leadership groups is inhibited in proclaiming its special
virtues’. Resultantly Indian military leader ship has, perceptibly not, been
able to match up the shenanigans of a bureaucracy steeped in traditions of
Delhi Durbar and unable to safeguard organisational interests of the military.
This leaves elected leaders with responsibility to ensure that fiscal pedantry
and bureaucratic skulduggery do not kill Guardian Attitude of military by
depriving or stealing the special affections showered on it by a grateful
society through special pay and perks given to soldiers and officers.
Examples which highlight progressive degradation of military since 1947, denial
of fair wages and reduction in pension and recent recommendation for mass
punishment by 7th CPC on military because some senior officers allegedly abused
provisions of disability pension are matters of history and enough is available
in public domain hence not repeated here. However I am keen to know your
response to the following issues:-
• One hears
a common refrain from `interested’ elements, especially bureaucracy that Armed
Forces are manpower happy. But it would come as surprise to you that while
three services spend 37 per cent of their budget on `Revenue’ account while the
figure for `Revenue’ expenditure of Civil Wing is massive 63 per cent! Do you
have any plans to review the `Outcomes’ from this huge expenditure?
• As per
Report of 7th CPC the MoD has sanctioned posts of 5,85,000 civilians, which is
nearly half the strength of three Services. In view of increased mechanisation
and IT enabled offices has a review of their efficacy and efficiency been
undertaken with a view to right-size it?
element of the MoD has higher ratio of Group A services at 4 per cent and Group
B at 15 percent as against the Army, which has 3.79 per cent officer and 12
percent JCOs against 86 per cent Other Rank. Resultantly not only less hands
are available for actual work on site by average expenditure on a civilian
employee of MoD is higher.
glance at page 28 of 7th CPC report and you will find that MoD grossly
understated expenditure on its civilian staff. It will be worthwhile to know
whether it was done intentionally.
• You may
also wish to check as to how the MoD is spending more than Rs. 1000 Crore per
annum on pay, allowances and establishment of Ministry of Finance personnel! Do
you genuinely need such a large number of finance guys to manage MoD budget or
is it a case of freeloading at the cost of soldiers?
• No wonder
MoD spent Rs. 1883 Crores on itself in last fiscal (Refer demand No. 21 of
Union Budget 2015-16). This amount is more than combined total budget of MHA,
MHRD, MEA and a few other ministries combined. Do you plan to undertake any
measure to reduce this expenditure?
• There are
62 Cantonments in India. Each of these has a CEO and DEO. These two IDES
officials, who are equal to Major/ Colonel, occupy large lavishly appointed
bunglows which are maintained by a retinue of staff! Do you have any plans to
find out as to how are these facilities funded?
Engineering Service (MES) spends 60 per cent of its budget on Revenue account!
Is that fair for an organisation which it only meant to supervise works to
spend Rs. 7200 Crores on pay and allowances to supervise works worth Rs. 4800
Crores executed by contractors?
purportedly a `Research’ organisation spends 61 per cent of its budget on
revenue account. Thus leaving only 39 per cent for `Research’!
Defence Minister and other ministers of MoD are entitled to civilian staff
including civilian staff cars and civilian drivers. Do you plan to relieve Army
drivers and any other combatants attached to your office to let them perform
their primary duties in Army?
• As a CM
you must have enjoyed facilities of having a Camp Office at home. Are there any
plans to do away with this archaic concept which allows ministers and civil
officials to garner staff and other resources like electricity for personal
purpose at cost to public exchequer?
• Are there
any plans to remove/ reduce MTS and telephone attendants from residences and
offices of government officials and ministers of MoD?
I close with
a fervent hope for a reply and positive reaction to issues raised.
“5.2.7 Fitment: The starting point of a Sepoy (and equivalent), the
entry level personnel in the defence forces, has been fixed in the Defence Pay
Matrix at ₹21,700. The starting point
in the existing pay structure is ₹8,460 for a
Sepoy/equivalent. The fitment in the new matrix is essentially a multiple
factor of 2.57. This multiple is the ratio of the new minimum pay arrived at by
the Commission (₹18,000) and the existing
minimum pay (₹7,000). The fitment factor
is being applied uniformly to all employees. It includes a factor of 2.25 to
account for DA neutralisation, assuming that the rate of Dearness Allowance
would be 125 percent at the time of implementation of the new pay as on
01.01.2016. The actual raise/fitment being Report of the Seventh CPC recommended
by the Commission is 14.29 percent. An identical fitment of 2.57 has also been
applied to the existing rates of Military Service Pay (MSP), applicable to
defence forces personnel only.”
This provides only 14.29% rise in salary as well as in pension which is
the historically lowest raise given by any govt in the past seventy years this
has happened because of incorrect calculation of minimum revised salary
resulted not only by adopting lower prices of commodities but also due to
adoption of Aykroyd formula without updating it.
2. It is surprising as to how a gender biased formula of Dr Aykroyd
adopted by ILC in 1957 is applied, without updating, in digital India of 2016.
In today’s scenario how can Indian civil society accept a formula for minimum
requirement including just 2700 fond calories for a family of four with
moderate physical activities which treat the lady of the house as 0.80 compared
to the adult mate of the house, further more so this formula does not at all
take into consideration the minimum requirement of todays digital India i.e.
smart mobile phone with an internet connection.
3. Considering wife to be 0.80 unit is nothing but gender bias indicating
a colonial mindset of Dr. Arkroyd. In the present scenario a wife too puts in the
same amount rather more of physical and intellectual work as compared to the
husband she needs more nutrients & healthcare to keep herself fit to be a
mother and as an educationist for her school going children. she needs more
better clothing than 1957. A lady whether she is a wife of a labourer or of a
secretary to govt. of India has a basic right to keep herself reasonably
presentable for which she needs some minimum add-one. As such treating her to
be less than a unit is gross injustice, gender bias and unconstitutional.
Similarly growing children of less than 14 years need more of proteins, fats
& carbohydrates, need to take sufficient exercise & field activities
for healthy growth. Today they need much better and more clothing. better education
& healthcare compared to 50s. The nation needs healthy & stout young
citizens. It is against the National interest to restrict their need based
minimum requirement to.6 unit.
4. In view of the facts enumerated in above mentioned paras. Minimum
salary & consequently the fitment factor for both pensioners &
employees need upwards revision.
1.Maj Gen Satbir Singh had one to one
meeting with Justice Reddy on 03 Jun, 2016. Meeting was held in very
cordial environment and it lasted for one hour instead of scheduled half an
hour as Justice Reddy evinced keen interest in all the points put up by Maj Gen
2. Gen Satbir explained in ample measures
the four major anomalies viz firstly equalization of pension
every year instead of every five years, secondly fixation of pension at top of
the bracket instead the average, thirdly implementing it from 01 Apr 2014
instead of 01 Jul, 2014 and fourthly the base year to be top of financial year
2013-2014 instead average of calendar year 2013 thus unfairly denying one
increment to soldiers. Changing the very definition of OROP to periodic
intervals from passing on any future enhancements in pension to past pensioners
thus killing the very soul of OROP was also a topic of keen discussion.
3. Justice Reddy appeared to be so
impressed by the discussion that he promised another meeting after he goes
through all the representation received from other sources. He also
said that he will be going to all the command HQ and other places where density
of ESM is maximum.
4. Justice Reddy further apprised that
he will be asking for an extension of two to three months to do full justice to
the subject. His younger brother has also served in the Army therefore we
should expect full empathy. Over all Justice Reddy appeared to be down
to earth noble soul and JM is fully hopeful and satisfied with the talk.