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Subramanian Swamy raises One-Rank One-Pension with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

Seeking justice for ex-servicemen, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and raised the issue of one-rank one-pension, PTI News reported 

 

Seeking justice for ex-servicemen, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and raised the issue of one-rank one-pension, PTI News reported today. He brought up the fact that the implementation of same-rank same-pension was one of the major planks on which BJP built its pitch to ex-servicemen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised this during his speech at Bhiwani in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
One-rank, one-pension means soldiers of the same rank and the same length of service get the same pension, irrespective of their retirement date. For an example, a sepoy who retired in 1995 would get the same amount of pension as the one who retired in 1996.
 
According to Swamy, Parrikar told him that he is seized of the matter and is closely studying the issue with a view to finding a solution to the satisfaction of ex-servicemen, reports said.
 
The Defence Minister assured Swamy that an announcement on the issue of one-rank one-pension is expected to be made by the time of the Budget presentation in February next year.
 
The decision to implement the scheme was first announced by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the UPA government's interim Budget in February this year. Chidambaram had allocated Rs500 crore for it.
 
The NDA government had allocated Rs1,000 crore for the scheme in its July Budget this year.
 
Besides one-rank one-pension scheme, Swamy also brought to Parrikar's notice some strategic issues regarding China's defence capacity.
 

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vijayaram

2 years ago

Recently there was an article that OROP was not feasible because overall payout will be manifold than expected. Babu's are trying to skittle it. They rule the in the back of politicians. Most Babu's if not all have equally amassed corrupt wealth. It is a shame that they are worried about the payout to Ex'Men. Correct me if I am wrong, The no.of persons joining Defence from Metros n large cities has come down drastically. Quality is being compromised. Inside people will tell you a lot.As these come out in public.

Mumbai local trains continue to kill about 10-12 commuters every day

Mumbai continues to witness more deaths on tracks due the apathy shown by the Railways either while dealing with traffic situation or helping victims in the golden hour

 

Mumbai's suburban train network or local trains, continue to kill about 10-15 commuters and injure 15-20 people every day in rail related accidents. Although, the suburban rail network is labelled as Mumbai's lifeline, the same is increasing turning into a 'deathline' for some commuters. In fact, several times in the past, the Railways have incurred the wrath of the Bombay High Court and yet, there is no respite for commuters.

 

According to railway police statistics, about 3,600 people die and over 4,000 are injured every year, with activists blaming overcrowding and the lackadaisical attitude of railway authorities for the mishaps. Samir Zaveri, who lost both his legs at the age of 16 and is now helping improve railway services, said, "There is a failure to provide first aid and a delay in taking injured commuters to hospitals. Since ambulances are not available at railway stations, many commuters bleed to death.”

 

During 2012, in Mumbai alone, around 3,541 people died while 3,808 were injured in railway accidents. This happens due to overcrowding of suburban or local trains.

 

Specifically, a twelve-car rake carries over 8,000 passengers against its carrying capacity of 1,800, which leads to unbearably overcrowded trains during peak hours.

 

The once efficient suburban rail network is the lifeline of Mumbai, however over the past two decades, it is creaking under the weight of passenger influx, corruption and lack of investment in upgrading infrastructure. The extraordinary crowding of trains and poor commuter facilities as stations makes the Mumbai suburban train system so prone to accidents that nearly 10 people die in railway mishaps every day – a figure that would have made frontpage news anywhere else in the world but meets with apathy in India.

 

Earlier this month, the Bombay HC, while hearing a petition filed by Samir Zaveri rapped the Railways for its plan to levy a 'golden hour cess' to fund setting up emergency medical rooms at 15 stations. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ajay Gadkari, said, ''This (providing medical aid) is your constitutional and legal obligation. You want to recover cess from passengers for providing medical help?''

 

The HC has scheduled the next hearing of the case on 24 December 2014, and have asked the railways to file its affidavit on the issue.

 

After a trauma centre was set up at Dadar railway station on the orders of the court, the HC in March 2013 ordered the Railways to consider setting up such rooms at other major stations — Churchgate, Mumbai Central, Bandra, Andheri, Borivli, Vasai, Palghar, Kurla, Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan, Karjat, Wadala, Vashi and Panvel — which had seen over a 100 accidents in the previous year.

 

The suburban railway system in Mumbai is the most complex, densely loaded and intensively utilised system in the world and has the highest passenger density in the world—over 70 lakh commuters travel every day.

 

Moneylife Foundation has set up the Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline that provides email assistance to all commuters. (http://foundation.moneylife.in/?page_id=6196)

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Civil society, NGOs to be asked to help guard rail crossings

Railway Minister Prabhu said due to financial constraints, the Railways has not been able to guard each and every level crossing and efforts were on to gather resources for the purpose

 

Civil society, NGOs, socio- political organisations will be asked to provide volunteers to guard more than 11,000 unmanned railway crossings across the country to minimise death on tracks, Lok Sabha was told today .

 

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said during Question Hour that a decision has been taken to publish advertisements inviting civil society, NGOs, socio-political organisations to provide volunteers to guard the unmanned railway crossings.

 

Prabhu said 18,735 people have lost their lives in railway accidents this year till October of which 5,000 alone in areas falling under the Northern Railway zone.

 

Prabhu said that due to financial constraints, the Railways has not been able to guard each and every level crossing and efforts were on to gather resources for the purpose.

 

"We will also see whether home guards can be deployed in unmanned railway crossings," he said.

 

Replying to a supplementary, he said it was practically not possible to set up a hospital at each station but whenever an injured person is found, the guard of the concerned train informs the station superintendent of the nearest station, who arranges for medical assistance to the injured besides informing police.

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