Saturday, February 5, 2011

All Officers shortlisted for CVC tainted- Who heads dishonesty?

CVC drags Govt deeper
February 03, 2011 11:57:16 AM
Abraham Thomas | New Delhi
Reveals that all 9 officers shortlisted for CVC’s post were tainted

Raising a serious question mark over the procedures followed by the Centre in the empanelment of IAS officers from States, CVC PJ Thomas on Tuesday revealed that all the nine officers who were empanelled with the Centre in 2008 — including him — were chargesheeted or had complaints pending against them. Singling him out as a “unique case” was not proper, he pointed out.

The charge made by Thomas in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court has put a question mark on the whole empanelment process which allows any officer to move from States to the Centre and occupy an important position in the Union Government.

The Government had claimed that while empanelling Thomas as Central Government officer in 2008, CVC clearance was obtained and this was held out to be a certificate of his “impeccable integrity”.

The disclosure comes ahead of the Thursday hearing in the Supreme Court when the court is to take a final call on the suitability of Thomas to continue as CVC in view of a pending charge-sheet against him in the palmolein import scam, which dates back to 1991-92 during his tenure as Food Secretary with the Kerala Government.

In his affidavit, Thomas said, “Virtually every single officer in the zone of consideration (for empanelment at Centre) had complaints or chargesheets pending.” Besides him, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) prepared note with regard to eight other officers, who had far more serious charges of corruption, misappropriation and embezzlement listed against them. Except one, all other officers got cleared.

Relying on the data collected from the Department of Personnel and Training, Thomas said, “An impression has been created that my case is a unique one, and that I alone suffer some taint against my name. Clearly, it is routine for officers in the discharge of their duties to have cases slapped against them, many of which are trumped up or politically motivated.”

Defending others of his like who were chargesheeted, the affidavit added, “In an environment where a bureaucrat bears the brunt of protests against governmental action, it is necessary that an objective view be taken of how we officers function.”

But a look at the charges leveled against the officers defies all imagination of how these could be politically motivated. One of the cleared officers BR Kundal has been chargesheeted for misappropriation of sale proceeds of essential commodities. VS Dhumal, another officer whom CVC cleared, faces a complaint of immovable property acquired disproportionate to known sources of his income.

Tejinder Kaur is a unique case who got clearance despite Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recommending action for transfer of 15 acres of Government land to a cricket association, a matter which is sub-judice. There is also one Ashok Kumar, who got cleared despite a complaint pending against him of misuse of office and corrupt practices. Also, one Brajebeharaj Mahapatra survived the CVC scrutiny in the face of a chargesheet regarding wrongly claiming reimbursements and penalty of reduction to lower scale of pay imposed. There is a separate complaint of corruption pending against him in which the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has recommended punishment.

Aware of the Centre’s stand in trying to distance itself from the controversy and the subsequent pressure on him to resign, Thomas stood his ground in the affidavit highlighting his merits --- being the senior-most among the serving cadre of Secretaries, and holding experience in administration, vigilance and policy making posts. Making out a case that the palmolein “taint” against him was political, Thomas said, “I have been held out to the public as a tainted officials. This is rather tragic as my record during 37 years of service has been without blemish.”

Tainted Thomas
•Singling him out as a ‘unique case’ not proper, says Thomas
•Allegations could be politically motivated, he submits in court
•Thomas lists his merits as ‘senior-most among the serving Secretaries, and holding experience in administration, vigilance and policy-making’
•Another empanelled member, Tejinder Kaur, got clearance despite CBI recommending action for transfer of 15-acre Govt land, he says
•Brajebeharaj, who had also been empanelled, survived CBI scrutiny despite being indicted by UPSC
•The disclosure comes ahead of the Thursday hearing in the Supreme Court when the court is to take a final call
CVC drags Govt deeper

Corruption disgraces India: PM
New Delhi: Corruption dents India's image, hampers good governance and needs to be tackled "boldly and quickly", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Friday.
"Corruption strikes at the roots of good governance. It is an impediment to faster growth. It dilutes, if not negates, our efforts at social inclusion," Manmohan Singh said, two days after former communications minister A. Raja was arrested for his suspected role in the 2G spectrum scam, billed as the country's biggest to date.
"It dents our international image and it demeans us before our own people," the prime minister said, addressing the second annual conference of chief secretaries of states here.
He said the challenge of corruption needed to "be faced frontally, boldly and quickly".
Corruption dents India's image, tackle it boldly- Read more

Parliament Standing Committee on Defence

Press Communique
Parliament Standing Committee on Defence (2010-11)
Saturday, 5 Feb 2011 18:54 IST
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, headed by Shri Satpal Maharaj, M.P., Lok Sabha have decided to examine various aspects related to the subjects 'Functioning of Military Cantonments & Stations' and 'Management of Defence Land'.

In view of the immense importance of the subjects and for wider consultations, the Committee invites suggestions from the public in general and experts/ professionals/ organizations/ associations and stakeholders interested in the subjects in particular.

Those desirous of submitting the memoranda to the Committee may send two copies (either in English or in Hindi) containing their opinion/views on the above subjects separately to Director (IT&D), Lok Sabha Secretariat, Room No.310, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi-110001 in a sealed cover within two weeks from the date of publication/broadcasting of the Press Release. The memorandum can also be e-mailed at or can be faxed at Fax No.011-23010756.

The memoranda which might be submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as strictly confidential and the contents thereof would not be divulged to anyone, as such an act would constitute a ‘breach of privilege’ of the Committee.

Those who are desirous of giving oral evidence before the Committee, besides sending memoranda, are requested to intimate the Lok Sabha Secretariat to this effect well in advance at the above mentioned address. HH/NA
Parliament Standing Committee on Defence 2010-11

Comment: Sukhna, Adarsh, AWHO and Encroachment/ hijacking of Military Lands and assets by Criminals are a testimony to the growing menace. The ESM organisations need to take up the cudgels to preserve Military Lands vital for National Security. A sample case is the Gymkhana Club which comprises acres of Military Land in Chennai has been hijacked by vested interests- The rental paid is peanuts- The MOD has been silenced by bribes. Hundreds of similar cases in connivance with DEO go undetected throughout length and breadth of the Nation.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Pak nuclear card limits Indian anti-terror options

Dear Colleagues,
You all would have heard the news of K Subramanyam’s sad demise on 2 Feb 2011. Born in 1929, he was the most well known strategic analyst who wielded considerable influence in India’s security policy formation. Founding Director of our Institute of Defence Studies, he also chaired many committees and commissions of inquiry. This included one on the Kargil War.
He had argued in favour of our military intervention in East Pakistan in 1971. This had attracted criticism from several quarters including from our then Army Chief Sam Manekshaw.
Subramanyam was a major advocate of the 2007 Indo-US Nuclear Deal, thus adding strong support to the Manmohan Singh government that was facing still opposition on the issue. In fact he might have also played a formal role in helping the deal come through.
He was one of the few eminent Indian strategists who pushed hard for a pre-emptive strike on Pakistan's Kahuta nuclear complex in early 1980s when news broke that Pakistan was in advanced stage of developing a bomb. He must have foreseen the coming Pakistani nuclear blackmail, of which General Harwant has spoken eloquently in his Tribune article today click here. Views may differ but there is no denying the fact that India is still paying the price for missing that opportunity. Pakistan's support to Punjab militancy and the initiation of a jihad in Kashmir, not to speak of Mumbai and other terrorist attacks, would perhaps never have happened had India paid heed to Subrahmanyam's advice.
In K Subramanyam’s passing away we have lost a great thinking mind.
Best regards,
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM

K Subrahmanyam (1929 - 2011), the strategic guru for most Indian security analysts who passed away on Feb 2 after a long struggle with diabetes and cancer combined the finest qualities of head and heart. A civil servant who shunned the trappings of power in a hierarchy obsessed society - he opted for the monk like austerity of the think-tank.
K Subrahmanyam - Strategic Guru: Read more

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fourth Pay Commission Rank Pay: Refrain duplicating the court cases

Dear Friends,
Jai Hind,
A few minutes ago, President Retired Defence Officers’ Association (RDOA) rang up.
He is very disturbed because some veteran officers, who have no clue of the problem and do not know about existence of RDOA, are planning to file another case with AFT/ Supreme Court about the Rank Pay Case. Some selfish lawyers, in order to make quick buck, are further adding fuel to fire.
Those of you who do not know, RDOA was specially created by some dedicated veterans to fight the case of Rank Pay. The President of the Association and his dedicated team has done exceedingly well.
The Association has been regularly informing all its members about the progress of the case and has also been keeping "Report My Signal" informed about it. In turn, "Report My Signal" has been keeping you all informed about it.
The team of lawyers employed for this case is headed by top lawyer Shree Harish Salve, Former Solicitor General of India.
Most of you must be aware that Mr Salve on TV had expressed shock about the way Govt of India has been denying justice to Defence Services Veterans of India. The other members of the team are Shree Mahabir Singh, another top lawyer of Supreme Court, Gp Capt Bhatti and Smt Aishwarya Bhatti.
The next hearing of the case is on 24 Feb 2011. It is most likely to be decided in our favour on that date.
It is assured to you all that when this case is decided in our favour, it will be applicable to all veterans and serving officers of the three services.
If any other ill informed ESM group, misguided by selfish lawyers, files a fresh case about Rank Pay Case, the present case will go for a six. Choice is yours.
I request all the veterans receiving this email to kindly disseminate the contents of this email to maximum number of retired and serving officers of the Indian Defence Services, spread all over the world.
We will keep you informed about further progress of the case – till then please relax.
You may also visit the website of RDOA to learn complete details of the case - RDOA.
Vande Matram
In service of Indian Military Veterans
Chander Kamboj.

Dear Colleagues,
There have been quite a few mails suggesting that more officers should go in for filing court cases on the rank pay issue. This is based on the assumption that those who do not file cases may be left out of the beneficiaries' list when/if the case is decided in our favour. Anxiety on this score is understandable because Major Dhanapalan, who was the pioneer in this field, was the only beneficiary when a favourable judgment was received.
In this regard it may be known that the RDOA that has been fore-fronting the rank pay case has in its prayer included the entire affected officer community, including the widows. The judgment that is already nearing finality should therefore hopefully impact all of us that held the rank of Capt to Brigadier in the 1986-1996 period. Filing of more related cases at this stage would result in the courts grouping all such cases and this would cause delay.
While everyone is free to decide for himself, in the larger interest it may be advisable to await the final outcome of the RDOA petition.
Best regards,
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Can the Army brass live upto standards set by Fd Marshal KM Cariappa?

Excerpts from Lt Gen (Retd) SK Sinha`s write up on Fd Marshal KM Cariappa. Can we think of any one in today`s Army following his footsteps?

... One day, as we returned from tour, we saw his two children coming out of his other staff car. They had missed the school bus. The ADC had sent the staff car to fetch them. Cariappa was furious at the misuse of government transport. He directed me to initiate disciplinary action against his ADC. Next morning he sent for me and enquired what action I had taken. I told him that I had admonished him and he had assured me that he would not make that mistake again. He enquired, “What about the loss of petrol to the government?” I replied that we were depositing `40 in the Treasury, at the prescribed rate for the eight miles for which the staff car had been used. He said the amount should be debited to his personal account.
Apart from the highest standard of personal integrity, Cariappa was a strict disciplinarian. He summarily sacked three serving major-generals, one for being drunk at a function in Raj Bhavan at Mumbai, the second for being unduly friendly with a junior officer’s wife, and the third for misuse of regimental funds.
In 2010, a year of scams galore, the image of the Army has also been besmirched along with that of the judiciary, bureaucracy, media, and, of course, the political leadership. The Army needs to recall the high standards set by Cariappa and endeavour to live upto them."""
Brigadier PT Gangadharan, Veteran

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valour is their forte

The Hindu 27 January 2011, by G. Nagaraja
It is a legacy to respond to the call of duty in defence of the motherland that is handed down from generation to generation in this village.

DESERVING HONOUR: The memorial built in commemoration of war heroes killed in World War I and II at Military Madhavaram in West Godavari district.

MILITARY MADHAVARAM (W.G. DT.): The very prefix of this nondescript village, 12 km from Tadepalligudem in West Godavari district, speaks volumes about its key role in the armed forces.

The term ‘military' has become a household name in the village. The imposing war memorial built in commemoration of the ‘sons of the soil' who laid down their lives in the World War I and II in the heart of the village generates an indomitable spirit of bravery that wafts through the ambience.

It is a legacy to respond to the call of duty in defence of the motherland that is handed down from generation to generation in this village. Take the case of 78-year-old Vempali Markhendeyulu for instance.

He joined the military and served the country from 1960-87, drawing inspiration from his grandfather Vempali Venkatachalam Subedar Bahadur, who served in the British army in World War I. “My elder son is an ex-serviceman and my grandson joined the Army recently,” says Markhendeyulu with a sense of pride.

Markhendeyulu fought in the China War in 1962, Indo-Pak war in 1965 and in the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. Jamedar Bandaru Venkata Satyanarayana (90), the lone survivor among all those who took part in World War II from the village recalls, “The British conducted an army recruitment camp in our village in the run up to World War II and I got selected in that camp.” He served the country on the Burma and China borders, besides fighting in the World War II from 1940 to 1942. As per inscriptions on the war memorial, 90 persons from the village fought in the World War I and 1,110 in the World War II. Eleven personnel were killed in World War II. According to Markandeyulu, the village with a population of 10,000 has 2,400 ex-servicemen and 1,200 serving the military in different capacities. There are 68 in-service men in the village who retired in the rank of ‘Subedar'.

Minister to visit
Impressed by the lofty history of the village, Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju is planning to visit it on February 6 for an interaction with the ‘patriots.'
Patriotism: Valour is their forte

PAC calls for reduction of wholesale corruption in ASC and CSD(I)

Military chiefs quizzed on canteen, ration irregularities
Gen VK Singh and AM PV Naik come out after appearing before PAC
The chiefs of the army and air force as well as the vice chief of the navy were Wednesday questioned by parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over alleged irregularities in defence-run canteens as pointed out by the government auditor last year, but the meetings remained inconclusive.

PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said the armed forces’ chiefs would be called again on certain issues they could not answer in Wednesday’s meeting.

This was the first time that the army and air force chiefs have appeared before the PAC, which oversees government spending. The meetings are usually attended by the defence secretary and vice chiefs of the services.

General V.K. Singh and Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik deposed separately before the PAC, which is chaired by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

The naval chief, Admiral Nirmal Verma, is on a ‘pre-scheduled’ four-day visit to Indonesia and was represented by his deputy, Vice Admiral D.K. Deewan.

Army officials, who accompanied their chief, made a presentation on how the services manage canteens and distribute rations to their personnel. The air force chief, Air Chief Marshal Naik, also made a presentation before the PAC.

The service chiefs, according to sources, maintained their stand that unit-run canteens (URC) were beyond the purview of the committee because they have their own internal audit mechanisms to keep a watch on them.

But Joshi denied this point was raised. ‘We didn’t discuss it. We are seeking their cooperation and want that public funds should be used properly and in a transparent manner. We are overseeing if the rules are being followed in spending the money from the consolidated fund of India.’

He said the service chiefs were satisfied with the meeting and denied that there was a rift between armed forces and the PAC over the CAG report.

Asked if they chiefs have accepted the CAG findings, Joshi said: ‘We cannot say that. PAC will come with its own report.’

The committee had called the services chiefs for a hearing after a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report pointed out irregularities in the supply chain management of rations by the Canteen Stores Department (CSD).

The CAG, in its report in August last year, had criticised the services over the way the CSD and its unit-run canteens (URCs) function and the lack of transparency in their accounting methods.

The PAC later sought answers from the defence ministry, which in turn wrote to the service chiefs on the alleged irregularities.

Air Chief Marshal Naik told reporters here Tuesday that the URC is ‘beyond the purview’ of the PAC. ‘We have given our replies to them,’ he said.

He, however, maintained: ‘We all must remember one thing that we all are subject to parliament. That is the system of our governance. Nobody is exempt.’

There are some 3,600 unit-run canteens, which operate on soft loans extended by the military and operate from military premises. The CAG report said the concessions given to the canteens resulted in a loss of Rs.441 crore to the government from 2002-03 to 2008-09.

The CAG report had criticised the existing methods of ration procurement by canteens and castigated the military, saying there were ‘systemic deficiencies’ in running the canteens.

It said existing procedures were not enough to ‘realistically’ assess the requirements of dry rations. -via Sify

PAC to grill service chiefs
Miffed over norms violation in buying ration, attempt to thwart CAG probe. J Gopikrishnan.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has summoned the three service chiefs on January 12 in the wake of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) findings about “gross nationwide irregularities” in the supply of ration by the Canteen Stores Department (CSD).

The Government auditor had criticised the forces for not providing information and relevant papers for audit of the rationing supply chain of forces. The information was not provided even to the Defence Secretary when CAG sought information through him. “This attitude has forced PAC to summon the Army, Air Force and Navy service chiefs,” said sources.

The CAG report, tabled in Parliament on August 2009, squarely blames the armed forces for “gross irregularities” and “blatant violation of procedures” in procurement of ration for armed forces. The report also blames the forces for non-cooperating with the auditors by not providing documents. “They did not furnish details to even the Defence Secretary when CAG sought details through the Government,” the sources added.

Finding a series of irregularities in the purchase of essential commodities for the forces and noting the “non-cooperation” by the forces in auditing, the CAG recommended that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and forces’ headquarters should intervene to plug the huge losses. Sources said the forces were reluctant to implement the CAG report recommendations.

According to sources, the PAC decided to summon the three service chiefs after the Army, Navy and Air Force did not submit a satisfactory reply to its queries on the steps initiated in the light of CAG recommendations.

“Public Accounts Committee chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has decided to summon the three service chiefs for seeking their response to the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report and reasons for not implementing the (CAG) recommendations. In their past responses, the forces had cited practical difficulties in coordinating with private vendors due to large network,” said the sources.

“So PAC took the stand that the forces should be made accountable for the leak of public money in purchase of rations for units,” they added.

“The MoD and Army Headquarters should take urgent steps to strengthen the procurement procedure so that wide variations between provisioning and procurement are avoided. The Ministry and APO should consider introduction of such risk-purchase clauses in central procurement contracts that cover local purchases made by supply depots in case of non-performance of central contract,” CAG had recommended.

The detailed CAG report — which studied the rationing system from 2005 to 2008 — found that there was always a single vendor in most high-value purchases. “There exists a case for expanding the vendor base for supply of fresh rations. The risk of existence of cartels affecting the quantity and quality of rations is too serious to be ignored. The MoD should set clear targets regarding expansion of vendor base and (the) progress should be closely monitored. The list of vendors should be put up on ASC website,” said one of the main recommendations by CAG.

Finding “abnormal variations in rates” of vegetables, fresh fruits and meat, CAG recommended that the MoD should investigate and provide an assurance that these variations “do not arise from any fraud or corrupt practices” in the procurement of fresh rations in Army. The report suggested that the last purchase price of these rations be also displayed on the ASC website, which could be accessed by the supply depots.

“The Ministry should develop a set of guidelines containing the dos and don’ts in such negotiations and hold procurement officers — including financial advisers — accountable for any significant deviation from the laid-down norms of tendering,” said the report, blaming the corrupt style of buying rations.

Putting the responsibility on MoD and headquarters if foul play continued in the purchase of ration, CAG stated: “It is strongly recommended that the Ministry and Army Headquarters should immediately draw up a detailed plan to computerise the management of supply chain of both dry and fresh rations. The power of IT should be leveraged to create a networked system connecting all supply depots and supply points. Issues, receipts, inventory management, procurement and other aspects of supply chain management should be brought under this system. Contracted prices of various items should be published on the dedicated website to be created for this purpose.” -via The Pioneer
Corruption in the Indian Armed Forces

How Fourth Pay Commission cheated Military Officers

Press Release
Sub: 4th Pay Commission: Grant of Rank Pay
In accordance with the recommendations of the 4th Pay commission and the Govt. decision thereon, as promulgated under Gazette of India (Extra ordinary) Notification No 91 dated 18.3.1987, officers of the Army. Navy and Air Force were granted an integrated pay in the scale of Rs.2300-100-3900-150-5100. .
In addition to the pay in the integrated scale as above, Rank Pay for Captain, Major, Lt Colonel, Colonel and Brigadier and equivalent in the Navy and Air Force, were also granted @ Rs.200/-, 600/- , 800/-, 1000/-, and Rs. 1200/- PM respectively.
Although the Rank Pay was sanctioned in addition to the basic pay, while fixing the pay in the integrated scale: an amount equal to the Rank Pay was deducted from the total emoluments and the pay was fixed. This has resulted in heavy financial loss to the officers which have also cumulative effect on pay, D.A. Pension, Gratuity, etc.
Having failed to get a proper consideration of the ease, Major A.K.Dhanapalan, now retired had approached the Hon’ble High Court or Kerala for justice. in the case or Major .A.K Dhanapalan Vs Union of India in O.P 2448/96, the Hon’ble High Court or Kerala was pleased to allow the plea of the officer and held that the deduction of the Rank Pay from basic pay is NOT correct and directed to re-fix the Basic Pay with effect from 1.1.1986.

However the Union of India preferred an appeal before the larger Bench of the High Court against the judgment. Larger bench of High Court has been pleased to dismiss the appeal but the Union of India again filed an SLP in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. This appeal was also dismissed on 10-7-05.

Officers (Serving/Retired) of the Armed Forces who were in service on 1-1-86 in the Rank of Captain, Major, Lt Col, Col, Brigadier are affected by the above judgment. According to the judgment, Pay of Major A.K Dhanapalan has been re-fixed with effect from 1-1-86 and Govt. sanction for payment of arrears was issued, whereas the benefit has not been extended to other similarly placed Officers of the Army, Navy & Air Force. This is in justice to the affected Officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Officers are eligible to receive minimum* arrears after re-fixation will be as under:
  • Capt and Equivalent Rs 55,000/-
  • lMajor and Equivalent Rs 1,50,000/-
  • Lt Col and Equivalent Rs 2,00,000/-
  • Colonel and Equivalent Rs 2,50,000/-
  • Brigadier and Equivalent Rs 3,30,000/-
    *This is subject to length of service from 1-1-86
    A few retired affected officers joined together to make an association to take further legal action against this injustice. Like-minded affected officers who are willing to join for this noble cause are welcome and may write to the Gen Secretary, Major AK Dhanapalan (Retd), Mob 9249875342 or the President, Major KP Sreedharan (Retd) Mob: 9818988154, 9895242103.
    President: Maj.K.P Sreedharan Retd
    General Secretary: Maj A.K. Dhanapalan (Retd)
    108, Prasanna Vihar, Opp. Kerala High Court,
    Marine Drive, Cochin - 682031
  • Statistics Lies: Black Money, Grinding Poverty and Corruption Camouflaged

    Monday, January 31, 2011
    The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the Quick estimates of national income, consumption expenditure, saving and capital formation for the financial year 2009-10. The estimates of GDP and other aggregates for the previous years have been revised on account of using the new series of Wholesale price Index (WPI) with base 2004-05 and also subsequent revision in Index of industrial production (IIP). The revision in estimates is also on account of use of latest available data on agricultural production, industrial production, government expenditure and also detailed and more comprehensive data available from various source agencies.
    The salient features of the estimates, which are based on latest available information, are indicated below:
    Gross domestic product (GDP) at factor cost at constant (2004-05) prices in 2009-10 is estimated at Rs. 44,93,743 crore as against Rs. 41,62,509 crore in 2008-09 registering a growth of 8.0 per cent during the year as against the growth rate of 6.8 per cent during the previous year. At current prices, GDP in 2009-10 is estimated at Rs. 61,33,230 crore as against Rs. 52,82,086 crore in 2008-09, showing an increase of 16.1 per cent during the year.
    At constant (2004-05) prices the gross national income at factor cost in 2009-10 is estimated at Rs 44,64,854 crore as against Rs. 41,37,125 crore in 2008-09 showing a rise of 7.9 per cent during the year. At current prices, the gross national income in 2009-10 is estimated at Rs. 60,95,230 crore as compared to Rs 52,49,163 crore in 2008-09, showing a rise of 16.1 per cent during the year.
    The growth rate of 8.0 per cent in the GDP during 2009-10 has been achieved due to high growth in transport, storage and communication (15.0%), community, social and personal services (11.8%), financing, insurance, real estate & business services (9.2%), and manufacturing (8.8%).
    The per capita income (per capita net national income at factor cost) in real terms, i.e. at 2004-05 prices, is estimated at Rs. 33,731 for 2009-10 as against Rs. 31,801 in 2008-09, registering an increase of 6.1 per cent during the year. The per capita income at current prices is estimated at Rs. 46,492 in 2009-10 as against Rs. 40,605 for the previous year depicting a growth of 14.5 per cent.
    click here to read the rosy picture of India's economic growth

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    एक शब्द है कि 'कलियुग का प्रतिनिधित्व करता है PBOR '

    आदरणीय दिग्गजों,
    PBOR: हां! एक अज्ञात, अभी तक, ऐसा नहीं अज्ञात मूल के साथ एक संक्षिप्त नाम. संक्षिप्त यहाँ से अटारी यह मतलब है:
    अधिकारी रैंक से नीचे कार्मिक (DoD यूएस)- Personnel Below Officer Rank (US DoD)
    अधिकारों के मरीजों विधेयक Patients Bill of Rights
    निर्देशयोग्य ब्राउन आउट रीसेट (हार्डवेयर) Programmable Brown Out Reset (hardware)

    PBOR अधिकारी रैंक से नीचे व्यक्तिगत के लिए खड़ा है. एक परिचित करा कि `भारतीय सैन्य बिरादरी में कलियुग का प्रतिनिधित्व करता है. एक शब्द है जो गर्व की कुछ बुद्धिमान विनाशकारी दिमाग के लिए मामला है. और जबकि अधिकांश सैनिकों को भी schemers के इन क्षुद्र योजनाओं समझ अनुभवहीन हैं, हम में से कुछ करते हैं.

    एक विभाजन बनाया जा रहा है, और उद्देश्य पर अधिकारियों और जेसीओ, एन सी ओ और अन्य रैंकों के बीच. यदि हम अपने सैन्य इतिहास में आजादी से पहले भी और यह दोनों सेवारत और सेवानिवृत्त सैनिकों के रूप में अधिकारियों, जे सी ओ एन सी ओ और अन्य रैंकों को भेजा गया है के बाद, देखो. अचानक एक नया शब्द गढ़ा है. एक राक्षस पैदा हुआ है. नहीं, एक व्यक्ति, बस एक छोटे से संक्षिप्त नाम - PBOR.

    मैं स्पष्ट रूप से, जे सी ओ एन सी ओ और अखिल भारतीय दिग्गजों मिलने पर सभी हथियारों IESM 30 सितम्बर 2009 को आयोजित द्वारा आयोजित के समकक्ष रैंक के अवमूल्यन के संबंध में अग्रभूमि करने के लिए इस बिंदु लाने के लिए याद है. हम तथ्य यह है कि जे सी ओ भारत के राष्ट्रपति द्वारा कमीशन हैं और यह एक द्वितीय श्रेणी के राजपत्रित पद है कि सब जानते हैं. PBOR - यह अब एक शब्द के इस दैत्य द्वारा प्रतिस्थापित किया गया है. मैं अतीत में यह सवाल पूछा है और मैं फिर से पूछ रहा हूँ, जहाँ इस शब्द से आया? कैसे यह है कि सेना प्रमुखों है तो आसानी से इसे स्वीकार कर लिया? एक ही बिंदु भी सार्जेंट द्वारा किया गया है कि पहले उठाया. प्रभजोत सिंह (सेवानिवृत्त) पीआईएस, राष्ट्रपति, भारतीय पूर्व सेवाएं लीग, पंजाब और चंडीगढ़ और अन्य ईएसएम भी. लेकिन कोई किसी के द्वारा जमीन पर की गई कार्रवाई की गई है.

    आज सैनिक स्तर पर बलों को नवागंतुकों अधिक साक्षर और पहले से जानते हैं. इस वृद्धि की जागरूकता और हर किसी को जानकारी की उपलब्धता का परिणाम है. सौभाग्य से, "बॉस हमेशा सही 'के नारे अब पुरानी हो चुकी है. आज सही सही है और गलत गलत है, और आश्चर्यजनक रूप से कई के लिए, यह अच्छी तरह से हमारे सैनिकों से पहचाना जा सकता है. इस बार फिर उजागर करने का वैसे, मैं विनम्रतापूर्वक जागृत करने के लिए हमारी थलसेनाध्यक्ष, अन्य सेवा प्रमुखों और शीर्ष अधिकारियों के बाकी अनुरोध इन तत्वों को और इस तरह के क्षुद्र रणनीति का उपयोग करने के लिए, जे सी ओ एन सी ओ और अन्य रैंक अवमूल्यन करना छोड़ दिया. इन तत्वों के लिए आदेश में सेना में सम्मान और अनुशासन बनाए रखने के लिए बंद कर दिया जाना चाहिए. शिक्षित दिमाग, नहीं करने के लिए मजबूर हो जाते हैं मजबूर विद्रोही चाहिए.

    जेसीओ हमेशा सेना की पीठ की हड्डी है बुलाया गया है. हालांकि हाल के घटनाक्रम के सुझाव है कि वे एक बोझ, एक महत्वहीन, अनावश्यक सेना के हिस्सा हैं. यदि यह मामला है, यह सबसे अच्छा होना करने के लिए बस इन बजाय उन्हें अपमानजनक है और इस तरह की ताकतों को कमजोर रैंकों को समाप्त करता हूं. हाल ही में, कुछ अन्य अप्रत्यक्ष अपमानजनक कार्रवाई मनाया गया है. ऐसा ही एक उदाहरण देना बैंड 3 से मानद रैंक का है जूनियर कमीशन अफसर बैंड करने के लिए स्थान है. यह ज्ञात है कि मानद पद महज एक नियमित वरिष्ठता के आधार पर पदोन्नति नहीं है, लेकिन एक अतिरिक्त साधारण पूरे सैन्य कैरियर के दौरान एक अनुकरणीय प्रदर्शन के आधार पर पदोन्नति है. यह भारत के राष्ट्रपति द्वारा दो प्रतिष्ठित राष्ट्रीय दिन पर ही दी जाती है 15 अगस्त और 26 जनवरी को हर साल यानी और "आयोग के अध्यक्ष" कहा जाता है. IESM अध्यक्ष और कुछ अन्य ईएसएम संगठन है कि थलसेनाध्यक्ष और QMG Br और इस क्रम के साथ इस मुद्दे को गंभीरता से उठाया के लिए धन्यवाद रद्द किया गया. हम सब CAOS जो इस स्थिति के गंभीर रुख अपनाया है और रद्द QMG Br द्वारा जारी आदेश के आभारी हैं.

    इस राक्षस 'PBOR' अक्सर कैंटीन सीएसडी, महाराष्ट्र, ई सी एच एस और अन्य समान स्थानों जैसी जगहों पर साइनबोर्ड पर दिख रहा है. यह आगे हमारे सैनिकों के प्रति भेदभावपूर्ण रवैये को दर्शाता है. मेरा दिल डूब गया, जब मैं एक यूनिट दिल्ली कैंटीन में चला सीएसडी कैंटीन में एक 'PBOR' बोर्ड को देखा. वही तो कई अन्य कैंटीन की कहानी है कि मैं दौरा नहीं किया है किया जाना चाहिए. यह इस तरह के बड़े पैमाने पर अपमान देखना चौंकाने वाला है और यह इतना व्यवस्था में गहरी पैठ बना दिया है कि. और भी अधिक परेशान बात यह है कि कोई भी प्रतिक्रिया चुनता है! अच्छा है कि, sirs, बंद करो और इसे रोकना होगा है. एक ही रास्ता या कोई अन्य. पानी काफी लंबे समय और प्रेशर कुकर बम विस्फोटों उबाल लें. हम सभी जानते हैं कि और इसके बहुत सुखद नहीं बात एक होने के लिए.

    यह दुखद है कि उनके लिए देश की सीमाओं की रक्षा और उनके मातहत के हितों की रक्षा दिमाग का उपयोग करने के बजाय, वरिष्ठ पदों पर कुछ अधिकारियों ने अपने समय और ऊर्जा इस देश के बहादुर सैनिकों के बीच दरार पैदा करने का उपयोग.

    मैं यहाँ एक उल्लेखनीय नौसेना अधिकारी की तर्ज बोली की तरह, "मैं होगा के रूप में छठे वेतन आयोग के अपने अनुभवों को नीचे कलम, मैं दिल्ली में शक्तियों के साथ काफी के लिए स्पष्ट रूप से सांठगांठ के लिए नकाब को सर्वोच्च echelons में लोगों के लिए मेरी अवमानना की कोशिश करेंगे व्यक्तिगत लाभ. " और यह स्पष्ट रूप से दिखाता है कि कैसे सत्ता है कुछ लोगों द्वारा दुरुपयोग किया.

    राष्ट्र की, जे सी ओ एन सी ओ और सभी हथियारों के अन्य रैंकों की ओर से, हित में इसलिए, मैं एक बार फिर सब ईएसएम संगठनों ने लेने के लिए संबंधित अधिकारियों के साथ उपरोक्त आपत्ति है और उन्हें पूरी तरह से आग्रह करता हूं और व्यापक अवधि समाप्त अनुरोध " PBOR "से सेना का शब्दकोश. मैं अग्रिम में राष्ट्र के लिए इस सेवा के लिए आप सभी को धन्यवाद.
    जय हिंद जय भारत
    गर्म का संबंध है,
    कामेश्वर पांडेय
    उप / मेजर मानद लेफ्टिनेंट (दिग्गज)
    शरीर सदस्य शासी
    भारतीय ईएसएम आंदोलन

    PBOR an acronym that spells `KALYUGA’

    Respected Sirs,
    PBOR: Yes! An abbreviation with an unknown, yet, not so unknown origin. Here from Acronym Attic it means:
  • Personnel Below Officer Rank (US DoD)
  • Patients Bill of Rights
  • Programmable Brown Out Reset (hardware)

    PBOR stands for personal below officer’s ranks. A acronym that represents `KALYUGA’ in Indian Military fraternity. A word that is a matter of pride to some intelligent destructive brains. And while most soldiers are too naive to understand these petty schemes of the schemers, some of us do.

    A divide is being created, and on purpose, between officers and the JCOs, NCOs and ORs. If we look at our military history, even before independence and after it both serving and retired soldiers have been referred to as officers, JCOs, NCOs and ORs. Suddenly a new term is coined. A monster is born. Not a person, just a tiny little abbreviation -- PBOR.

    I clearly remember bringing this point to the foreground regarding the devaluation of JCOs, NCOs and equivalent ranks of all arms at the All India Veterans Meet organized by IESM held on Sept 30, 2009. We are all aware of the fact that JCOs are commissioned by President of India and that it is a Class II Gazetted rank. It has now been replaced by this monster of a term -- PBOR. I have asked this question in the past and I'm asking again, where did this term come from? How is it that the service chiefs have so easily accepted it? The same point has also been raised earlier by Sgt. Prabhjot Singh PIS (Retd.), President, Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh and other ESM also. However there has been no action taken on ground by anyone.

    Today the entrants to the forces at soldier level are more literate and aware than before. This is a result of increased awareness and availability of information to everyone. Fortunately, “BOSS IS ALWAYS RIGHT” slogan is now outdated. Today right is right and wrong is wrong, and surprisingly for many, this can be well identified by our soldiers. By way of highlighting this again, I humbly request our COAS, the other service chiefs and the rest of the top brass to wake these elements up and quit using such petty tactics to devalue JCOs, NCOs and ORs. These elements need to be stopped in order to maintain respect and discipline in the forces. Educated brains should not be compelled, forced to become rebellious.

    JCOs have always been called the back bone of the forces. Although the recent developments suggest that they are a burden, an unimportant, redundant part of the the military. If that is the case, it'd be best to simply abolish these ranks instead humiliating them and thus weakening the forces. In the recent past, few other indirect humiliating actions have been observed. One such example is the placement of Honorary Ranks from pay band 3 to JCO’s Band. It is known that honorary rank is not merely a routine promotion based on seniority but is an extra ordinary promotion based on one's exemplary performance during the entire military career. It is granted by the President of India only on two prestigious national days i.e. 15th Aug and 26th Jan every year and is called “President Commission”. Thanks to IESM Chairman and some other ESM organization that raised this point seriously with COAS and QMG Br and this order was revoked. We all are thankful to CAOS who has taken serious view of this situation and revoked the order issued by QMG Br.

    This monster 'PBOR' is frequently visible on signboards at places like CSD canteen, MH, ECHS and other similar places. This further reflects discriminatory attitude towards our soldiers. My heart sank when I saw a 'PBOR' board in a Unit run CSD Canteen in Delhi Canteen. The same must be the story of so many other canteens that I have not visited. It is shocking to see such rampant humiliation and that it has penetrated so deep into the system. What is even more disturbing is that no one chooses to react! Well that, sirs, has to stop and stop it must. One way or another. Boil the water long enough and the pressure cooker blasts. We all know that and its not a very pleasant thing to happen.

    It is painful that instead of utilizing their brains to safeguard the nation's boundaries and safeguard the interests of their subordinates, some officers at senior posts utilize their time and energy creating a rift between the brave soldiers of this nation.

    I will like to quote here the lines of a remarkable naval officer, "As I pen down my experiences of the Sixth Pay Commission, I will try to mask my contempt for those in the highest echelons for conniving with the powers in Delhi quite obviously for personal benefit." And this clearly shows how power is misused by some.

    Therefore in the interest of the nation, on behalf of the JCOs, NCOs and ORs of all arms, I once again request all ESM organizations to take up the above mentioned objections with the concerned authorities and urge them to completely and comprehensively abolish the term “PBOR” from the dictionary of the forces. I thank you all in advance for this service to the nation.
    Warm regards,
    Kameshwar Pandey
    Sub/Maj Hony Lt (Veteran)
    Governing Body Member
    Indian ESM Movement
  • Government negates Lokpal Bill: Citizens march to fight Corruption

    Delhi acts against corruption
    Abhinav Garg, TNN, Jan 31, 2011, 12.11am IST
    NEW DELHI: The government of India and our "people's representatives" were put on notice on Sunday - either fundamentally reform the country's anti-corruption laws or perish.

    Two former Union law ministers, India's first women IPS officer, a sitting information commissioner, a retired cabinet secretary, a current member of National Advisory Council (NAC) and leading social reformers joined thousands of citizens to give a powerful call to restructure India's anti-corruption laws so that they become effective.

    Guided by Magsaysay Award winner and RTI pioneer Arvind Kejariwal, thousands converged at the Ramlila Grounds to exhibit symbolic defiance by tearing copies of the CVC Act, the Delhi Police Special Power's Act that governs CBI and the draft Lokpal bill proposed by the government. Kejariwal patiently explained to the crowd how the present laws flatter to deceive and therefore ought to be replaced.

    A 'Vote Bank Against Corruption' movement was also launched that asks voters to blacklist a party or a candidate who doesn't work to implement the 'Jan Lokpal Bill', touted by the organizers as a better, more robust anti-graft law which will actually ensure that the punishment to the dishonest is swift, certain and severe.

    'I pledge that I will not vote for the party which does not pass and support the Lokpal or Lokayukta Bill drafted by citizens, either in state or at the Centre,' is the oath that targets votebank politics established on caste, religious and regional lines.

    Holding aloft banners and shouting slogans against rising levels of corruption in the country, thousands of people from all age groups poured into the grounds to demand an effective anti-graft law. Showing banners that proclaimed 'Corruption: Enough is enough' and 'Common people are raped in government offices', the protestors gathered at the Ramlila Maidan from where they later marched to Jantar Mantar to register their protest.

    Former Indian Police Service officer Kiran Bedi, social activist Swami Agnivesh, noted lawyers Ram Jethmalani, Prashant Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan, IC Shailesh Gandhi, Medha Patkar, Prabhat Kumar and NAC member Harsh Mander were among the key participants in the rally, which coincided with Martyrs' Day, the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Bedi joined veteran lawyer Jethmalani and others to exhort the crowd to chant to Mahatma's favourite song 'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram', as each speaker underlined the need to exert outside pressure on the legislature to amend anti-graft laws.

    The march was part of the 'India against Corruption' movement being build up by a few social organizations demanding passage of the Lokpal Bill in the budget session of Parliament with important amendments. Eminent lawyers and activists have teamed up to draft an anti-corruption legislation which seeks to create an independent, empowered, transparent and accountable anti-corruption agency called Lokpal; to which agencies like the CVC and CBI will be accountable, independent from governmental interference.

    "The Lokpal bill prepared by the public is so effective that it will eradicate corruption in next two-three years. Political parties should support the passage of this bill as the Lokpal suggested by the government is only a showpiece," former law minister Shanti Bhushan said while addressing the rally. According to activists, the government wants to make Lokpal an advisory body, which will only recommend to the government to prosecute corrupt ministers and remain toothless.
    Read more: Delhi acts against corruption - The Times of India

    I attended the Anti-corruption rally on 30 Jan. Very powerful rally. Very eminent intellectuals of India were present.

    Adarsh Scam reveals criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery

    Doordarshan Monday, 31 January 2011
    CBI searches premises of accused in Adarsh housing scam
    A day after registering a case in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the CBI on Sunday carried out searches at premises in Maharashtra and Bihar of three main accused, including a retired Army officer and a Congress leader, named in the FIR.
    The searches were conducted at the residences and other places of the society's general secretary R C Thakur, retired Brigadier M M Wanchoo and Congress leader K L Gidwani in various parts of Maharashtra and Bihar.
    The office of the Adarsh society located in posh Colaba here was among the places raided.
    The raids come a day after the CBI filed an FIR naming 13 people, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and some retired senior Army officials.
    "Searches are being conducted at Thakur's residences in Bihar, Nagpur and Thane and Wanchoo's house in Pune and Gidwani's house in Mumbai.
    Searches are also being conducted at the office of Adarsh society," a senior CBI official said.
    According to CBI sources, Thakur, Wanchoo and Gidwani were allegedly the prime movers in building the society. All the three are accused of usurping land not belonging to them and illegally grabbing it, the sources said.
    Thakur was the then sub-divisional officer at the Defence Estate Office of Mumbai while Gidwani, a former Congress MLC, was the chief promoter of the society.
    Apart from Chavan and the trio, the FIR also names retired Lt General P K Rampal, Major Generals A R Kumar and T K Kaul, the then Principal Secretary (Urban Development) Ramanand Tiwari, who was recently suspended by Maharashtra government as Information Commissioner, Subash Lala, the then Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister and Brig (retd) R C Sharma.
    The FIR has been filed under various sections of IPC including criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and showing forged document as genuine besides sections pertaining to Prevention of Corruption Act.
    Chavan, who had to quit as chief minister last year after it was found that his family members also owned flats in the society, was revenue minister between 2001-2003 and had dealt with files pertaining to the ownership of the land.
    He is alleged to have recommended 40 per cent allotment of flats to civilians in the society, which was meant for war widows and heroes of Kargil war, the sources said. (AKS-30/01)
    CBI searches premises of accused in Adarsh housing scam

    Sunday, January 30, 2011

    Beating Retreat, 2011

    A view of the illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan, South and North Block of the Central Secretariat atop and Parliament House during the Beating Retreat Ceremony, in New Delhi on January 29, 2011. Photo no.CNR - 36410

    Lt Gen Prakash Menon, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, PhD

    Lieutanant General Prakash Menon, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, PhD has been commandant of the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi for the past two years. In 39 years of service, the general has earned the reputation of a “ Soldier Scholar”. He has been an outstanding Commander in the field. His command at the Battalion, Brigade and Divisional levels in counter insurgency environment of Jammu and Kashmir has been commendable; earning him two military awards for distinguished service. As a company commander in 1989, he was awarded for his performance during active operations on the Siachen Glacier. He is one of the rare Generals to have been awarded a PhD for his thesis on “Nuclear Deterrence and Limited War in the Indo Pak context” by the Madras University.
    He has been nominated by the Cabinet as a member of expert group for establishment of the Indian National Defence University (INDU).
    ASIAN SECURITY CONFERENCE 2011 Towards A New Asian Order


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