Ram Kishan Grewal’s letter to defence minister Manohar Parrikar alleged that he was still not receiving the pension owed to him under the OROP scheme.
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New Delhi: The NDA government today announced its acceptance of the long-pending demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ for retired members of the Indian armed forces but the ex-servicemen who have been on agitation rejected the key details of the decision and said their 84-day long stir will continue. […]
Govt. may announce new plan for ex-servicemen With no developments in the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) logjam in sight, the government is preparing to announce a “new deal” for veterans over the next few days. The decision for it is primarily to avoid the model code of conduct […]
The bureaucracy, political class and even the forces themselves stand indicted in letting this matter fester over the years
Modi disappoints servicemen on OROP A day after 200 officers of the Delhi Police tried to strong-arm former servicemen protesting the delay in implementing ‘One Rank, One Pension’ at Jantar Mantar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech refused to commit to accepting the OROP demand […]
He tried creating his own world almost wholly made up of people drawn from Goa, but Lutyen’s Delhi had its own inexorable ways of breaching his citadel from time to time
While Parrikar set in motion important reform processes, he was unable to cut through his ministry’s byzantine bureaucracy and ends his tenure with a few achievements.
While the Modi government has tried and to a certain extent succeeded in making the defence ministry less graft-ridden, it still has a long way in formalising the way it investigates and clamps down on corruption.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa and General Bipin Rawat have very different roles and challenges ahead. One controls the polity, while the other is controlled by it; one has complete freedom to function, while the other is hemmed in by politicians and bureaucracy.
Emerging diseases on which the experts are keeping a close eye.
There are more Indian authors among the top 100 papers than there are Chinese – but there’s a catch.
The increasing liberties taken by the army are symptomatic of the decline in civil and military relations that has occurred because of an erosion of constitutional norms.
By depriving India’s fighters of honour, respect and pride of place in the national hierarchy, the government has shattered their élan and esprit de corps.
The government’s changing stance on some of the concerns of the military, like the implementation of OROP, has fuelled opposition against the saffron party.
There are many inconsistencies in what is officially said and what is actually happening.
Legitimacy, political respectability and electoral advantage are being sought to be derived from the soldier and his martyrdom, while unthinkingly, new space, new respect and new autonomy are being ceded to the army brass and other security forces.
The armed forces are being systematically demoralised by the central government, at a time when they should be celebrated and encouraged.
When used with prudence, drones can be a potential tool to better control our agricultural productivity and to best invest our limited resources.
We need to reboot the Aadhaar debate by asking why we want to create a centralised biometric database of Indian residents in the first place
One morning, completely unexpectedly, Samantha Anderson woke to find that she could no longer swallow. Three-and-a-half years and many medical appointments later, she’s finally regaining her ability to eat.
From nudging new voters to a national health network, what sort of house could be built upon the Aadhaar ecosystem?
Despite the distress signals, Arun Jaitley has chosen to strictly adhere to a conservative fiscal stance in his successive budgets, prioritising deficit reduction over everything else.
‘Modinomics’ is still a work in progress. It is not bold, it is incremental, and works within the Indian statist structure and will thus find it tough to break free and unleash structural reforms.
With the budget, the government is trying to compensate for its neglect of the agriculture sector. Whether global headwinds will allow the government to implement it is yet another question.
The fiscal deficit, the manufacturing sector and the slowdown in exports. The Budget only scores well on one out of these three challenges.
As long as the government wisely spends the money it borrows on high-return capital expenditure, it will crowd in private investment and ensure lasting and higher growth.
The trend now has an eerie similarity to what happened in Pakistan, where the army (and religion) play a potent and central role in politics.
This is not the first time that comics and illustrated books are being used to teach children lessons that may be politically motivated.
A full, uncurtailed One Rank One Pension was accepted and promised by no one less than Narendra Modi himself. Was that also a jumla?
Can the Sahitya Akademi be pushed to take that one step across the lakshman rekha which it has not taken until now – to prove they are separate from the state and can take an oppositional position when they see an arm of the state doing wrong?
The race for TRPs is what mainly drives coverage decisions by television networks.
12 convicted for 2006 Mumbai train blasts Today, a special court held 12 people guilty of planting the bombs that exploded in the first class compartments of Mumbai’s local trains at rush hour on the evening of July 11, 2006, killing 189 people and injuring more than 700. […]
Until a discovery has been thoroughly vetted and repeatedly observed, we should treat it with the measure of skepticism that scientific thinking requires.
Did you or did you not make a promise last year to implement One Rank, One Pension?
The man who usually speaks so powerfully ended up sounding jaded, and nothing of substance emerged in the end.
A warming Earth posits a continuum of implications for contiguous biospheres.
1. Lingering doubts over growth stats The controversy that started with the release of the new series of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) about six months back refuses to die down. While many critics have noted the fact that the new, higher growth rate is not consistent with other underlying […]
The government must use OROP not just as an enforced payout, whatever the amount, but as a trigger to initiate far reaching changes in India’s defence structure.