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Kerala Congress warns Shashi Tharoor against praising Modi
Tharoor has responded positively to Modi's invitation to join the ambitious Swachh Bharat campaign. Congress in Kerala, Tharoor's home state, however is angry with him for lauding Modi's initiatives
 
The Congress in Kerala on Monday warned its leader and former union minister Shashi Tharoor against praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tharoor, however, set the record straight holding that he is a "proud Congressman" and had not even remotely endorsed the "Hindutva agenda" of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
Signalling that disciplinary action would be contemplated against Tharoor if he kept on lauding Modi's initiatives, KPCC Vice President MM Hassan said, "As a first step, we are asking him to stop praising Modi as his stance went totally against the Congress' ideals."
 
Expressing strong displeasure, KPCC President VM Sudheeran said Tharoor should not be oblivious of the fact that he had been elected on a Congress ticket.
 
"Tharoor should not forget the fact that it is the Congress that made him a Member of Parliament. He should refrain from speaking against the party line," Sudheeran said at Vatakara in Kozhikode district.
 
Sudheeran also indicated that, if necessary, disciplinary action would be initiated against Tharoor after consulting other leaders if he kept on eulogising Modi.
 
Defending himself, Tharoor said his response to Modi's call to support the "Swachh Bharat" campaign would not mean that he even remotely endorsed the BJP's "core Hindutva" agenda and that he continued to be a "proud Congressman".
 
"I am astonished that anyone would suggest that I am pro-BJP. I have a 30-year paper trail of published writings on my idea of India and my profound belief in India's pluralism," Tharoor, a minister in the previous UPA government and the second term MP from Thiruvananthapuram, said in a Facebook comment.
 
"Being receptive to specific statements or actions of BJP leaders does not remotely imply acceptance of the party's core Hindutva agenda. The PM pitched his appeal as a non-political one and I received it in that spirit. I am a proud Congressman and a proud Indian. In short, not pro-BJP, just pro-India," the former UN diplomat, said.
 
Tharoor has responded positively to Modi's invitation to join the ambitious Swachh Bharat campaign but wanted it to be a sustained programme instead of being "tokenism".

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shivkumar

2 years ago

Immature and petty Congressmen can't see beyond their noses. Political opponents should not be treated as enemies. Politicians should learn to appreciate each other's good points.

Coal blocks: Govt seeks AG's opinion on need for Ordinance
Issues that need to be resolved by the government in the coal mine case include forfeiting of bank guarantees and title deeds of the land mines purchased by the companies
 
The Coal Ministry has sought the opinion of Attorney General (AG) on whether the union government needs to bring out an Ordinance to deal with the issues arising from the Supreme Court decision to de-allocate coal mines.
 
According to sources, the issues that need to be resolved by the government in the coal mine case include forfeiting of bank guarantees and title deeds of the land mines purchased by the companies.
 
The Coal Ministry is seeking "advice of Attorney General on the issue of Bank Guarantee forfeited/ imposed on the allocatee companies, the cancellation of mining leases, the right and title of the land purchased by the allocatee companies".
 
Depending on the advice of the AG, sources said, the ministry will take a view on the Ordinance so as to deal with the implications of the Supreme Court's order in the coal case.
 
In a major blow to the corporate sector, the Supreme Court had last month quashed allocation of 214 out of 218 coal blocks allotted to various companies since 1993 terming the method as "fatally flawed" and allowed the Centre to take over operation of 42 such blocks which are functional.
 
The apex court said the beneficiaries of the illegal process "must suffer" the consequences and refused to show sympathy to private companies which submitted that Rs2.87 lakh crore have been invested in 157 coal block and Rs4 lakh crores in end-use plants.
 
It, however, saved from the "guillotine" four allocations one each to SAIL and NTPC and two blocks to Sasan Power Ltd owned by Anil Ambani's Reliance Power and also gave six months breathing time to rest of them to wind up their operations by 31 March 2015.

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Why are ex-servicemen disillusioned with successive govts?
Ex-servicemen have protested to PM Modi that his government too has failed to fulfil the promise of 'one rank, one pension' –OROP that was part of his party's poll campaign and a definite promise to our veteran soldiers. Embarrassingly, for the BJP government, ex-servicemen plan a rally to ask why this government has yet to issue an order demand OROP 
 
The long-standing demand of ex-servicemen for ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) was accepted by the Indian government in February 2014 with the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram making an announcement in this regard in the Interim Budget. The next government led by Narendra Modi too accepted the demand for OROP in the Parliament. While both the governments stated that 'money or funding is not an issue', there still is no order issued for implementing OROP.
 
"The Defence Veteran community is disillusioned with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, and particularly with Prime Minister Modi. We believed Modi to be a man of his word and commitment, and would implement the OROP. Remember, OROP was agreed to not only by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, but also by Modi-led NDA government. The issue was discussed in two successive budgets, with government promising of providing funds (Paison ki Problem Nahin Hai) needed, on the floor of Parliament. However, it is with a sense of betrayal that the Veteran Community still awaits implementation orders for OROP, despite passage of over six months of its passage in Parliament," Cdr Ravindra Waman Pathak (Retd).
 
India's defence budget is in the region of $46 billion or about Rs3 lakh crore. The OROP would cost 1.3% or Rs4,000 crore of the defence budget. China's defence budget size is $126 billion i.e. more than Rs8 lakh crore. Manpower wise, India has 13.25 lakh active military personnel and 21.43 lakh active reserves compared with China's 22.85 lakh active military personnel and 23 lakh active reserves.
 
Cdr Pathak is also member of the Governing Body and Pension Cell of Indian Ex Servicemen Movement. He said, "If the implementation orders are not yet out, we wonder when the money would land up in one's bank account, given the snail's pace of the Controller General of Defence Accounts, working leisurely under the Ministry of Defence. How many more aging veterans would pass on/ die, before seeing their dues in their Bank?"
 
Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) is also organising a rally at Nagpur on 12 October 2014, to express their disappointment with the Government's delay. 
 
Earlier in February 2014, slamming the "delay" by UPA in granting 'one-rank, one-pension' for ex-servicemen, Narendra Modi had accused Congress of playing "fraud" with the armed forces. “The government, which is sitting in Delhi has always been playing a farce with the Armed Forces. Before this also, a number of times, the Finance Minister of Congress had made announcements about One Rank One Pension (OROP) but never fulfilled it. Even this time since I am repeatedly talking about it, they have announced it but this is a "fraud" (dhokha) with you. Had Congress party been honest, they had the chance to it in 10 budgets from 2004 to 2014. But they did not do it," Modi had said.
 
The 'deeply hurt, bruised and wounded conscience of ex-servicemen of India's Armed Forces', expressed their anguish towards the bureaucracy, which they feel is responsible for the step-motherly treatment meted out to defense forces. The veterans, in an letter sent to PM Modi, say, "It is this specially empowered bureaucracy which, without even a shred of any commensurate knowledge, over the past 67 years, has mastered and honed the craft of repeatedly hurting the pride and morale of the soldiers' right from the Chiefs to the sepoy. 'Jai Jawan' is handy only at crunch time or prior to elections, where after the Armed Forces are routinely relegated to the status of a 'necessary evil' type heavy baggage that the nation, perforce, has to be burdened with. This bureaucracy has been successful in contouring the political thought process in the same mould."
 
"In sheer desperation, post numerous appeals to the political leadership, they (the defense veterans) collected at Jantar Mantar, the newly baptized Mecca of protests, to, virtually, beg for One Rank One Pension -OROP. This was seen in the same light as any other 'rag tag' event of Indian street protests. No one listened to them and none cared. Now, more confused, they returned their medals to the President of India, the supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces. These medals, which they were decorated with during their uniformed tenures, were symbols of their selfless service, dignity, valour and pride. Not one word from the supreme commander.  Some pension increase was doled out about a year ago, again, in the name of OROP but miles off the target.  Actual OROP was a resounding NO by the bureaucrats and, consequently, the government. The beleaguered lot appealed to the courts for various acts of omissions. However, their legitimate arrears, despite having been ordered for payment, by the courts, continue to be denied by the government whose attorneys are filing away plea after repeated plea to reverse or stall these orders against the normal alibi of 'what about civilians'?," they said.
 
"Then, came the first budget of the new government. The Finance Minister, also doubling as the Defence Minister, presented his budget to an over- expectant nation that wanted to hear the loud echoes of your election rallies in the financial roadmap to India's 'achhe din'. What came out was, mostly, routine and safe bets, as if all your 'bold steps to be taken' had been hijacked, once again and obviously, by the bureaucrats. The FM did proclaim sanctioning of the OROP, finally, with a layout of Rs1,000 crore. This was not even one fourth of the requisite amount. Thus, the UPA II's gambit was almost repeated. This was stunning, unbelievable but true. Again, no formal government orders about the implementation."
 
"Parting with this miniscule component of GDP for OROP will not only rebuild pride and morale of this vital and national human resource but will send a positive signal to the entire edifice of Indian armed forces which is required to remain rock solid for the non-negotiable unity and integrity of India. Lastly, I wish to submit that if you think that OROP would severely dent India's economy and the 'steel frame', please inform the ESMs in clear terms and as a finality. At least they would start breathing and stop chasing an Indian mirage," the letter sent to PM Modi said.
 
 

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jang bahadur chhetri

2 years ago

H/Nb/Sub.Jang Bahadur
I agree with M N Rao,from Hyderabad that ex-service men are not united.Moreover they are politically backward.Untill we unite and give a strong threat to government we will not get our just goal.Kahte hain jab tak bacha nahi rota ma bhi dudh nahi pilati .Thanks

Jang Bahadur Chhetri
Mob 9359192853

RTV Nair

2 years ago

Long Live independence- The Babus could sleep with ease because of our soldiers are awaken at day and night in difficult environments. Let us keep up the word given to Defence community- One rank one Pension. During early years ie. 1950s and 60s and even in 70s the pay package to defence was that of Class 4 people like. And were treated like slaves. The pensioners now to be compensated by giving their dues.Hope ouir present PM is true to his words not like that of his predecessors who cheated us by saying we had implemented OROP.
Jai Jawan Jai Kissan

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Raghupal Singh Tomar

In Reply to RTV Nair 2 years ago

DEFENCE SERVICE SHD BE MADE COMPULSORY THEN ONLY THE IAS LOBBY WILL REALIZE ABOUT THE NEED OF OROP.

M N Rao

2 years ago

Dear Ex-Servicemen Brothers,
Please try to know the reality. Don't blame the successive Govts. Blame ourselves. It is lack of 'UNITY. among Ex-Servicemen community especially among ORs/NCOs/JCOs who are even after retiring from the active defence service doing 'Chamacha giri' RATHER CALLED AS 'SLAVERY' to the retired officer cadre and to the political goons for their selfishness.

open your eyes try to know the truth.

M N Rao
HYDERABAD
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M N Rao

2 years ago

Dear Ex-Servicemen Brothers,
Please try to know the reality. Don't blame the successive Govts. Blame ourselves. It is lack of 'UNITY. among Ex-Servicemen community especially among ORs/NCOs/JCOs who are even after retiring from the active defence service doing 'Chamacha giri' RATHER CALLED AS 'SLAVERY' to the retired officer cadre and to the political goons for their selfishness.

open your eyes try to know the truth.

M N Rao
HYDERABAD
0-9989421354

THANGAVELU

2 years ago

RTI has revealed that Politicians are eligible to two to three pensions at time. i.e Ex MLA,
Ex-MLC & Ex MP all together.

Any citizen is convinced in this logic ?

Whereas Govt & IAS lobby is making all the justifications for not giving OROP, that too agreed in principle.

What do we do ?

RAJVIR SINGH DAHIYA

2 years ago

DUE TO EX SERVICE MEN ONLY, BJP GOT 7 LOK SABHA SEATS IN HARYANA. BUT IT IS UN FORTUNATE FOR ESM THAT BJP HAS DELAYED THE DECISION. DELAYING DECISION MEANS UN JUSTICE TO ESM.BJP WILL RELISE THIS MISTAKE ON 19TH OCT.

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Bipin kumar verma

In Reply to RAJVIR SINGH DAHIYA 2 years ago

Let us fight for the right . Politician are cunning and we buy what they sell .We all are loyal to them thinking Matri seva ( service to nation ). They are mai bap ( God father ) .We are not a commodity which is used and put to rest.On going process is to be handle politically and not by writing on walls.High ranking ex officers join parliament and they also change their color .So now think of other way round to talk to PM/ FM / Def min together in forceful manner .prepare for that looks best thing to do . This is my personal opinion. Bipin kumar verma . Ex CHELAR.

Ravi Shanker Singh

2 years ago

How Politician use to make the fool to veteran during the Election campaign by raising sensitive issue for using vote bank as seen in last Lok Shabha Election but afterwards no Government prompt to take the action
in interest of Ex-servicemen. After a fight of three decades for OROP, still it has not been implemented after announcement in the budget session. Why delay in implementation.

RAJVIR SINGH DAHIYA

2 years ago

NO NOTIFICATION ON OROP MEANS NO BJP GOVT IN HAYRYANA.DELAYING DECISION REGARDING OROP COSTS MOST IN HARYANA ELECTION FOR BJP.

Ramanath nakhate

2 years ago

OROP - A challenge to Gen. V.K.Singh, Min. of State for External Affairs and Retired Army Chief

Mr.Narendra Modi at a massive rally of ex- servicemen at Rewari in Haryana more than a year ago, on 15th September 2013 had asked the Congress Government for a White Paper on the status of One Rank One Pension to defence pensioners. Gen.V.K.Singh, the retired Army Chief who had been demanding OROP to defence pensioners had adorned the Dias with Mr.Modi. Gen. Singh was elected from Haryana with a record margin of more than five lakhs votes, the second highest in the last General Election. The Gen. Singh has become the Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for North Eastern Regions. The former and the present Finance Minister have made a total provision of Rs.1500 crore towards OROP for 2014-15. Gen. Singh who had supported the defence pensioners returning the medallions and awards to the President of India for non implementation of their two decade old demand of OROP and the PM Modi who had promised OROP at his several Lok Sabha election rallies have failed to live to the expectation of pensioners. The OROP has not been implemented though the new Government, committed to Achche Din, is in power for more than four months.The entire class of pensioners feel cheated by the BJP government and are restive. They feel that their ex boss is now least concerned with the welfare of pensioners or OROP as he now enjoys pay and all kinds of perks as a Minister ! The General should try to erase the feelings of his old colleagues. He must use his influence , his good office / exert pressure to ensure that OROP is implemented in a month or latest by 30-11-2014. If GOI does not implement OROP / does not issue Notification latest by 30-11- 2014, Gen. Singh must forthwith resign from the ministry / the Government and the Party.
R.G.Nakhate.
MarsCHSLtd.,
Goregaon, Mumbai.

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JDOSVD

In Reply to Ramanath nakhate 2 years ago

Well put across...........I support your contention in toto.Jai Hind!

VIJAYA KUMAR R

2 years ago

Barking dogs seldom bites. Show your might this time in elections.Then we will consider the soldiers power to retaliate.

DK GUPTA

2 years ago

DEAR VETERANS,

PLAIN SPEAKING, AN OFT REPEATED QUALITY OF "FAUJIES" IS LACKING. I SUGGEST THAT CHAIRMAN IESM PLAINLY TELLS THE PM AND PRESIDENT BJP THAT UNLESS THE IMPLEMENTATION LETTER IS ISSUED BEFOR 14 OCT, WE WILL OPENLY OPPOSE BJP, ITS CANDIDATES IN THE FORTHCOMING STATE POLLS

THANGAVELU

2 years ago

Why our present Defense Minister & Finance Minister is tight lipped on this emotional issue of OROP? Or We need to analyze the performance of Minister based on their actions not sweet words spoken like any other politician. Let us just hope they understand the genuine rationale instead of listening packaged lies by the bureaucracy. Do they really aware of hardships of military personnel facing in hostile conditions ? Does any one of IAS lobby's kith and kin serving in Defence forces ? If yes, then they may realize the hard facts.

Saradindu Basak

2 years ago

What about Gen V.K Singh? He has forgotten the BJP promise as he is now a trusted soldier of BJP Govt.It's a big surprise that people forgets their back ground so easily. Now he's a Min. & does not require pension for his monthly expenditure. Bravo!!! General. Nothing to say about Modiji, he's trying to be different but actually he's no good than his predecessors.
Saradindu Basak

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VK Khurana

In Reply to Saradindu Basak 2 years ago

Gen.VK Singh; who ? he is no more a General, he is a Minister. now. Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi! OROP - over to next elections 2019.Best
wishes,

RAJVIR SINGH DAHIYA

2 years ago

ESM in Haryana State supported BJP due to the wrong policy (specially for defence personnel) of Congress. But it seems that BJP also marching in same direction.Due to ESM support all over INDIA BJP is in power, if government does not full fill the promises than time is not far away ESM will show their power in Haryana state election.

sunil issar

2 years ago

It is indeed a shame for the government who does not have the courage to stand by its words.

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prasant

In Reply to sunil issar 2 years ago

They R also liers.... Talking to much in election campaigns...since they Knows that in India Jo Dikhta hai wo hi Bikta Hai... and by taking the advantage of this slogan they shouts more and we accepts more... But now its the time which indicates us to retaliate back by giving minority votes to Kamal in Maharastra and Haryana.

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