I am a US Qualified Registered Microbiologist-Medical Technologist, operating my own Clinical Lab. I have been an activist advocating consumer, civic, citizen's rights for Thirty plus years & a Frequent contributor to the letters to Editor.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

PRESS CONFERENCE BY EX SERVICEMEN-letter to the president-26sep2008

Dear Madam President,
I would have sent this to the Prime minister and the other leaders if they had chosen to have a contact with the public via email.
The raw deal to the military is an extreme matter of national shame.
It should make you and us hang our heads down in regret.
Why does this happen at all in this country repeatedly?
You must act as the head of the defence forces immediately to protect them from these bureaucrats and politicians.
You owe it to them.
Sincerely yours,
Mr. M B Nataraj
Microbiologist Medical Technologist

Dated : 23 Sep 2008**INVITATION FOR PRESS CONFERENCE **INDIAN EX SERVICEMEN MOVEMENT AGAINST INJUSTICE TO **DEFENCE FORCES: 6TH PAY COMMISSION**Dear Members of the Press.**1. The Govt is Dilly- Dallying on the legitimate demands put forward bythe three Chiefs and the Veteran Defence Oganizations. It is not understoodas to why the Defence Personnel have been given a raw deal not only in theirpay and allowances but also in their status, respect and selfesteem whichprogressively have been downgraded. There appears to be an intentionalill-treatment of our Military; otherwise, how would one explain that LtCols who were drawing Rs 800/- more than their counter parts in civil andpara military forces till today will get Rs 14,000/- less after the awardof 6th Pay Commission is implemented? Also how DGP rank officers have beenplaced higher then the Lt Gen? Why One rank One Pension demand has not beenaccepted? Why the Govt has made an IAS Officer member of the proposed ExServicemen commission? The Ex Servicemen commission must have all membersfrom the Ex Servicemen? Why assured second career till the age of 60 yearsis not given to the Defence Personnel who retire between the ages 35 yearsto 42 years? Why PBORs are getting far less terminal benefits than theircivilian counter parts? There is endless list of legitimate grievances ofthe Defence Forces. Now, when the three Chiefs have done their duty toproject the legitimate demands, the Govt ill advised by bureaucracy isdelaying the decision to give the due justice to the Defence Forces. ****2. There is need to bring to the notice of the people of India about theinjustices done to the Defence Forces and the glaring inadequacies insecurity both against internal and external threats. Some of the aspectsare as under:-*** - *All previous successive Govts have ignored the soldier and hurt his self pride by downgrading his status, respect and self esteem by various means. The present Govt, through the members of 6th Pay Commission has done the damage which has far reaching consequences.*** - *All patriotic Indian should beseech their conscience and put their hands on their hearts and ask themselves. "Is the security of the country getting the attention in term of resources in men and material it deserves? Or are we only paying lip service to our security needs??? All the indicators points towards lowering standards in quality and content.*** - *Are the Defence forces being used as canon fodder as is evidenced from the fact that after the Kabul Blast in the case of IFS officer the PM announced full pay and allowance to the NOK of deceased officer till he would have attained the age of 60 years while no such announcements were made in respect of Brig Mehta. Also no print and electronic media coverage is given to the 2- 3 Defence Personnel sacrificing their lives daily in terrorist/militant actions in insurgencies while non stop coverage for many hours given to police officers. A sacrifice is a sacrifice and should get similar recognition irrespective of service etc. *** - *The strongest pillar of Democracy, the Defence Forces if crack there is nothing which can save the nation.*** - *It is impossible for a soldier to fight without a national pride instilled in him. The Govt of the day on the ill advice of bureaucracy are doing all that they can to destroy that pride.*** - *Second rate incentives attract second rate people, but, the Defence of a country can not be entrusted to second rate persons. *** - *Civil supremacy, all the world over means, "supremacy of elected civilian representatives of the people' and NOT that of the 'Civil Servants', who do not represent the 'people' but are their 'servants'. While most of the politicians are well meaning, it is the IAS Babus who thwart their good intentions as they did in 1990 when the then the Prime Minister, Mr VP Singh wanted to sanction 'One Rank One Pension'.*** - *"Nation which does not ensure Security is doomed to fail. "No amount of Economic prosperity will bring security for the nation if the nation cannot address its security first.*** - *"The solider protects what? Guards whom? A piece of terrain! Barren, inhospitable, worthless? No! for the love of his country and countrymen, his motherland he protects, her citizens he guards, his KARMA he performs, with honour and pride, for your tomorrow he sacrifices his today."*** - *If the matters National Security and functioning of Defence Forces are not resolved on priority, the Nation will creep into pre 1962 disastrous situation.*** - *Anybody saying "We don't need Defence Forces is berefit of all knowledge of the Defence Forces. In order to ensure integrity and sovereignty of the country, there is need to strengthen the Defence Forces. ** ** ** **3. In order to intensify our Movement through various action plans inthe near future, a Press Conference will be held at Press Club of India NewDelhi on 03 Oct 2008 at 12 'O' clock noon. All members of the Press bothelectronic and print are requested to attend and carry the story in TVChannel/ News paper/Magazines. Your cooperation to project the right causeof the Defence Forces will go a long way in addressing their legitimatedemands. **With Kind Regards,**Yours Sincerely,** * * **Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM**Vice Chairman Indian ESM Movement** Mobile: 9312404269, 0124-4110570** Email: **satbirsm@yahoo.com*


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