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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Mr.Nagarajan Sundararajan, an active GConnect Discussion Board member posting in the name of ’sundarar’ feels that this Order (NO.3/39/09-3FPPC/201 DATED 22.02.2010 ISSUED BY GOVT OF PANJAB FOR REVISION OF PENSION IN RESPECT OF PRE-1.1.2006 PENSIONERS) though relates to Pensioners of Government of Punjab, might draw the attention of Central Government in certain aspects.
Even if the similar orders are extended to the Armed Forces Pensioners, the element of (50%)MSP is to be added, thereby fixing the Minimum Pension at Rs.4500/-(civ.pen 3500+1000msp), for Y group AC/LAC and Rs.5200/-(3500+1000+700) for X Group AC/LAC. In addition, Classification Allowance at the lowest rates(100% FULL NEW RATES i.e. Rs.100/_) and the Good Conduct Badge Pay (I,II,III rates=Rs.240/-)shall also to be included. Therefore, the minimum pension of a 15 year service AC/LAC shall have to be fixed at about this rate i.e. Rs.4500/-+100+240=Rs.4840/- for Y group AC/LAC and Rs.5540/-(Rs.5200+100+240) w.e.f. 1.1.2006.
(PBORs-REVISED PAY SCALES PBOR : IAF
Rank Recommended Pay Band Grade Pay MSP Gp X Pay
MWO 9300-34800 4800 2000 1400
WO 9300-34800 4600 2000 1400
JWO 9300-34800 4200 2000 1400
SGT 5200-20200 2800 2000 1400
CPL 5200-20200 2400 2000 1400
AC/LAC 5200-20200 2000 2000 1400 )
THE WAIT FOR THE ACTUAL PENSION TABLES IS UNENDING..........
THE OPPOSITION LEADER BLAMED THE GOVT OF GONE BACK ON PROMISE OF OROP.....
BUT THE PM STATED IN THE LS THAT THE PROMISE REDEEMED ON OROP AND IT IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED .................
AND WE AWAIT THE GOVT PENSION ORDERS FOR ARMED FORCES PENSIONERS(PRE-2006)................
HOPING TO END THE WAIT SOON.........
LK Advani said - Govt went back on pension promise : PM insisted that the promise had been completely redeemed
The PM took on Advani over the latters claims that the one-rank,one-pension promise had not been fully implemented. It does not behove anyone to create a rift between the government and the Services, the PM said. Singh insisted that the promise had been completely redeemed.
Opening the discussion for BJP on the motion of thanks to the Presidents address, Advani accused the government of going back on its promise to implement the one-rank,one-pension policy for the armed forces. On Advanis point that former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf had claimed that he was close to an understanding on Jammu and Kashmir with India in 2007,Singh was sharp.You are using the forum of Parliament to sow the seeds of... he said,leaving the retort incomplete. Singh was perhaps provoked by the BJP leaders pointed charges raising doubts about the governments stand on the Kashmir issue.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
A time limit cause is holding up a national honour for an IAF fighter pilot who made the supreme sacrifice.
Kochi: Morbid red-tapism is hindering a well-deserved honour from coming to a valiant young air warrior who is believed to have made the supreme sacrifice in the Indo-Pak war in 1971. Almost three decades after Flying Officer K.P. Muralidharan was first declared ‘missing in action’ (MIA) and then ‘presumed killed [for official purposes]’ in a rather unsuccessful air raid over Peshawar in Pakistan on the second day of the war, a national honour for gallantry still eludes the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot who was with the magnificent No.20 Squadron ‘Lightnings’.
Apparently, what is holding up his case is a time-limit clause recently introduced by the government in conferring such medals. “I am given to understand that acting on my petition to Defence Minister A.K. Antony last year, the Air Force Hq. pitched for the award of the Mahavir Chakra to Muralidharan after it was convinced that the officer had gone down fighting like a hero. But a two-year bracket recently set by the government has now brought the case in limbo,” says K. Rajendran Nair, a relative of Muralidharan.
Last week, the former Supreme Court Judge V.R. Krishna Iyer despatched a powerfully-worded letter to Mr. Antony advocating Muralidharan’s case. Terming the alleged denial of the Mahavir Chakra a “betrayal of the nation’s duty to honour an act of self sacrifice,” he wrote: “Those who plead the bar of limitation to withhold this legitimate honour have done an act of disgrace by the neglect…I entreat you on behalf of the nation to hasten and reverse the neglect so far made.”
INTERCEPTED - Muralidharan, 26, who was born to Padamanabhan Thirumulpad of Nilambur Kovilakam and Malathi, was hardly two years in service when he took off from Pathankot on a Hunter aircraft on that fateful day, December 4, 1971, for a strafing run on the Peshawar airfield. Squadron Leader K.N. Bajpai, flying another Hunter, was also part of the mission. As it turned out, they were intercepted by Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) F-86 Sabres, as it was IAF’s second attack on Peshawar that day. Flying to Peshawar meant stretching the Hunter to its limit which forbade any probable combat as it would cause fuel shortage. While Bajpai managed to return, Muralidharan went missing in the ensuing dogfight with one of the Sabres. Overtime, it was deemed that he was among the 54 Prisoners of War (PoW) Pakistan was believed to have interned in its jails post the war.
That was the case until a few years ago when a retired PAF officer, Wing Commander Salim Mirza Baig, who was in the thick of action in 1971, revealed in a personal war account that the Hunter flown by Muralidharan was among the two Indian fighter aircraft brought down by him in separate air battles in the war. (The second was a Gnat flown by Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, who took on six marauding Sabres over Srinagar before being gunned down by Baig). Sekhon was posthumously decorated with the Param Vir Chakra, the IAF’s sole PVC till date. In his tale of the battle over Peshawar, Baig admires the Hunter (flown by Muralidharan) that he took on, calling it a ‘tough nut to crack’ and conclusively says that the pilot was killed in air combat. "Even as time limit is said to be standing in way of a belated honour to the war hero, there’s precedence to the contrary,” says Mr. Nair.
“Squadron Leader A.B. Devayya was posthumously awarded the Mahavir Chakra 23 years after the 1965 war based on a PAF officer’s account of his bravery. After the Kargil war, Pakistan conferred its highest military award the ‘Nishan-e-Haider’ posthumously on Captain Karnal Sher Khan based on an Indian officer’s war account. What, then, impedes Muralidharan’s case?” he asks.
As Mr. Iyer highlights in his letter to Mr. Antony: “… bureaucracy sometimes delays and in an ungrateful manner defeats what is due.”