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Saturday, September 26, 2009




Dear Veterans,

Regards. As suggested by my veterans brothers, my organization has planned to hold a Gala Press Conference on 27th September, 2009 at League Hqs. at Patiala at 11:00 a.m. A large of number of Press Reporters and Electronic Media personnel are likely to attend the Press Conference. Find below the Press Note in English and Punjabi, highlighting the main demands (R) main demands which will be floated in the Press Conference and the same will be covered by English, Hindi and Punjabi New Papers and Channels and memorandum to the Defence Minister with main demands (First Installment). My brethren veterans will agree with me that media covers and accepts the details of main demands and not otherwise. As such you will all bear with me. JAI HO My brethren. Have a good day.

Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.
Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh.
Mob. 98554-09128. Tele-fax. 0175-5000896.

Gavini please past this on your blog for the information of other veterans.


Tele-fax. 0175-5000896
Mob. 98554-09128
Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh.
3- Guru Ram Dass Nagar, Patiala.

PATIALA.  27 September – Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh, the oldest and a non-political body of ex-servicemen, has sought a better deal for Havildars and Sub. Majors from the Centre Govt.
In its detailed memorandum faxed to Defence Minister, Sh. A.K. Antony, the league had asked the govt. to change the Pay-Band for Havildars and equivalent ranks from PB-I to PB-II and for Sub. Majors and equivalent ranks from PB-II to PB-III since the Sixth Pay Commission has not done justice with these ranks. League stressed upon the govt. that the soldiers of the rank of Havildar form the real back-bone of Defence Forces and Sub. Major acts as a Chief executor of the strategy in the war. These two ranks have been virtually crushed by the partial recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission and further faulty implementation of the recommendations regarding their pay scales. The Havildars have been virtually equated to class-IV civilian such as Peons, Chowkidars, Mali and Dhobi etc. in respect of pay.
League has further asked the Minister to release immediately the orders for promised ONE RANK ONE PENSION for Junior Commissioned Officers, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and other ranks which was announced by Finance Minister in Union Budget on 6 July 2009, and then by the Minister him self in the Parliament and finally by Prime Minister on Independence Day but the order regarding the same has not been issued so far.
League has further reminded the Minister that the govt. has also promised to give pension to soldiers up to the rank of Hav. @ 70% and to JCOs @ 60% of the last pay drawn to compensate for their early compulsory retirement, but to the great disappointment of the soldiers, these orders have also not seen the light so far whereas orders regarding change of Pay Band from PB-III to PB-IV for the Lt. Col. have been issued long ago although these recommendations were made by the same group of ministers in the same report. With this partial treatment given to lower ranks, a great resentment is prevailing in the Defence Forces and among the veterans which is not good for nations security.
League has further demanded two pensions for the widows of ex-servicemen who drew two pensions during their life time. Because of early compulsory retirement, most of the soldiers have to seek employment in civil deptts. to compensate their meager pension which they draw by virtue of their service in the Defence Forces. Such veterans draw two pensions after their retirement from civil deptts. but their widows are not entitled for second pension as per the present pension policy of the govt.
Along with this, League has gone further to demand befitting alternate re-employment for the soldiers up to the age of 60 years like their civilian counter parts since about 90% among the soldiers are compulsory retired prior to their superannuation to keep the forces young.
League has vehemently stressed upon the govt. to fulfill the demands of veterans at the earliest lest they may come on the roads like civilian counter parts and the govt. will be in a critical position to handle that volcanic situation.
Last but not the least, the league has forcefully demanded of the govt. not to use the term PBORs for Junior Commissioned Officers, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and other ranks as they feel much humiliated by being referred as such.

Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal



Tele Fax. 0175-5000896
Mob. 098554-09128

Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh.
3-Guru Ram Dass Nagar, Patiala.

IESL/13/2009 Dt. Sep. 2009
Sh. A.K. Antony,
Minister for Defence, Govt. of India,
South Block, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110011.
Sub:- Post- Sixth CPC Demands of Veterans.
Most Respected Sir,
On behalf of the veterans from all over the Punjab and those who are approaching us from other states of India i.e. Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orrisa, Tamilnad and Madhya Pradesh etc. I append the following few points for your kind perusal and an immediate favourable action:-
1. Immediate release of orders for One Rank One Pension for the veterans below the Commissioned Ranks. The veterans all over India were much elated when the Finance Minister announced One Rank One Pension for the Veterans below the Commissioned Rank during the Budget speech on 6th July, 2009. Subsequently, your were also pleased to announce the same for all Defence Personnel to quell the storm raised by Senior Veterans (Commissioned Ranks) of Defence Forces. Finally Hon'ble Prime Minister also put his stamp of approval in his much publicized speech on Independence Day at New Delhi.
But to the utter disenchantment of veterans, mostly on the verge of death, your esteemed govt.
has, so far, not released the orders for the same perhaps to test the patience of the veterans. The same may please the released at the earliest.

2. Grant of pension @ 70% to veteran below the rank of Hav. and @ 60% to JCOs. It will be not out of place to remind you, sir, that your deptt. was pleased to accept the recommendation of GoM. to grant pension @ 70% of the last pay drawn to soldiers up to the rank of Havildars and @ 60% to JCOs to compensate them for their compulsory retirement before the superannuation. The GoM. recommended this along with their approval for granting change of Pay-Band from PB-III to PB-IV for Lt. Cols.
It is in fact a matter of great pittance that Lt. Cols. have been granted their benefit long ago, govt. doling out lakhs of rupees to them as arrears where as "poor veterans below the commissioned ranks", who count for 96% among the whole lot of veterans, have, so far, been kept waiting for the loaf to be dropped in their mouth by your deptt. The same may please be granted at the earliest.

3. Change of Pay Band from PB-I to PB-II for Hav. / SGT / Petty Officer and from PB-II to PB-III for Sub. Maj. / M.W.O. / M.C.P.O. Your deptt. vide its Gazette notification (Part –II Sec.) F.No. 11(5) 200B/D(CN-I) dt. 28-08-2009, has displayed a great magnanimity by revising the Pay Band of Master Craftsman of Work Shop Staff (Old scale 4500-7000, New scale 5000-8000) on par with Railway Employees) from PB-I to PB-2 with Grade Pay Rs. 4200/-.
But the Hav. / Sgt. / Petty officer of the Defence Forces, who are highly skilled personnel and up keep the maintenance of tanks, Air Crafts and War Ships, drawing a better pay in old scale (Rs. 7230/-, Rs. 7920/- and Rs. 8700/-) have been kept in PB-I with grade pay Rs. 2800/-. These personnel deserve to be placed in Pay Band-II with grade pay of Rs. 4800/-
Similarly Sub. Major drew more pay, in old scale (Rs.. 8600/-) than a newly commissioned Lt. (Rs. 8250/-) who has been placed in PB-III but Sub. Maj. remains in PB-II.
Thus, Sub. Major (and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy), the senior most Junior Commissioned Officer, who is the Chief executor of strategy in war time and strongest link between the commissioned officers and the personnel below the commissioned ranks, highly deserves to be placed in PB-III as a matter of Honour and long service to the nation.

4. Grant of two Pensions to the widow of a veteran who
drew two pensions during his life time. Because of compulsory retirement before superannuation, the veteran has to take a second service in civil deptts. after his retirement. If he completes ten years in the new employment he gets the second pension. But the widow is not entitled for second family pensions as per the present pension policy in vogue in India. This is a sheer injustice with the widow and her children. Govt. should not debar the widow to draw second family pension since it was due to the fact that her husband was not allowed to serve in Defence Forces, only, to keep the forces young and active and he had to take up second service in civil. Had the solider been allowed to serve up to the age of superannuation, he would got more pension as per rank and subsequently the widow could get more family pension.
As such, these widows deserve to retain two pension. You are
requested to look in to it favorably.
5. Provision of befitting alternate re-employment for the soldiers up to the age of 60 years like their civilian counter parts. Since about 90% among the soldiers are compulsory retired prior to their superannuation to keep the forces young, the provision of a befitting alternate re-employment for the soldier up to the age of 60 becomes the necessity and the liability of the govt. As such, this may be looked in to favorably and the provision be made for this.
6. Discarding of term PBORs being used for addressing JCOs, SNCOs, NCOs and other ranks. Last but not the least, the league demands the govt. not to use the term PBORs for Junior Commissioned Officer, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Non-Commissioned Officers and other ranks as the soldiers and the veterans feel much humiliated by being addressed as such.
Hoping an early response from your good self, we remain,

Yours Sincerely,

Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.


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  1. Dear Veteran Gavini,
    Regards,Thanks for posting the mailed Press Notes and the letter faxed by this organization to Defence minister and Hon'ble Prime minister for the ionformation of Veterans.A large no.persons from Press and Electonic media have been invited and they, all, have promised to attend the Press Coference. Veterans should watch the Channels like,Aaj Tak,India TV,News-24,Channel no.1, Voice of India,IB7,NDTV,PTC and Zee TV in the evening news tomorrow and a day after for the coverage.News paper will cover the same on 28/29-09-2009.I shall mail the Press clipping in a couple of days after the Press Conference if possible. Please paste this as Flash news also for information of veterans. OK veterans have a good time.