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I have got various versions of
what transpired at the meeting.
Summing up I conclude what the RM
said is F O we have given what we had to now go to Committee for any problems
and I will see their report is out by 15 May.
Am I right in my conclusion Sir?
You are correct as far as the
gist is concerned. However, I am clarifying as to what exactly happened at the
a) RM started by saying
that Rs 2000 crs had been distributed as arrears and pensions under OROP till
date and the balance will be completed by 20 Mar 16.
b) Then he asked if there were
any questions on OROP. A number of people like Col Arasu, Maj Gen NB Singh, Col
Nain etc put up points. RM directed that now that the one man Judicial
Committee has been setup all issues be referred to it. He pointedly said that
if you send your points through DESW, to mark copies to him so that he can
follow them up. He also said that if some one desires he can request for
personal attendance to argue his point. Gen VK Singh further clarified it will
be ensured all issues raised are dealt with sympathetically.
c) Lastly, Maj Gen Satbir
Singh raised the issue that four issues are outstanding regarding OROP, which
have a total cost of approx Rs 800 crs only. The RM was quick to respond that
money is not the problem but if you hold a gun to his head and demand then the
govt is not going to accede to any request. He clarified that our continued
fast at Jantar Mantar is putting up the back of the govt and it will not listen
to anything under duress. He also clarified regarding the claim by Satbir
that Parliament has accepted the Koshiyari Committee report twice is incorrect.
RM said that many committee reports are received by the govt and they are never
accepted in toto, as it is the decision of the govt as to what it can and what
it cannot. (I have seen it myself after being involved in the passage of Real
Estate Regulation Act . The govt accepted/rejected some of the recommendations
and improved on some)
d) Towards the end I raised
the issue of Wg Cdr CK Sharma that he had been arrested and bodily removed by
Haryana police even though they did not produce an arrest warrant. RM said that
Haryana police is a law unto itself and passed some uncomplimentary remarks
about it. However, he also seemed to have noticed, as I had written to him,
that policemen and CAPFs are wearing disruptive pattern clothing and
consequently army flag columns had to carry placards to identify themselves. He
said that he had spoken and written to the HM to stop this practice.
I have received a number of
queries as to what had happened during the meeting even though IESM had omitted
my presence, senior most retired officer, in their communications on this
meeting, people somehow were aware that I too was invited. Mr R Chandrashekar
or Gen VK had also brought out that due to the continued fast at JM we are
losing sympathy of general public. I am also called by number of officers, JCOs
and OR that why are we continuing at JM after achieving so much and why don't
we negotiate amicably with the govt. Hope some one listens as I have tried my