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Thursday, August 26, 1999
Plight of Army widows
IN the article Lionised Army jawans the writer sheds light on the post-service condition of a soldier. However, he has not mentioned a very important aspect the condition of widows especially of war widows.
An analysis of the post-Kargil conflict would reveal that most of the officers and jawans who have sacrificed their lives were quite young. The young widows of these brave soldiers have the most difficult and trying time ahead of them. The next category is that of the widows whose husbands die in harness. Then there are widows whose husbands die after their retirement. The misery inflicted on this segment of society is difficult to fathom.
The first and foremost are the in-laws of these widows who inflict maximum injury on them. Very few of them have a dwelling unit of their own and are forced to stay in rented accommodation. A few are given decent jobs to make their both ends meet. No job whatsoever is given to the widow of a soldier who resides in a village.
It is most regrettably stated that no unit or Army organisation ever bothers to know about the state of affairs of these unfortunate widows. The special family pension awarded to them is a pittance because there is no increase except that in dearness allowance. Whereas had their husbands been alive they would have been entitled to time-bound promotions till the rank of Major.
In view of the above, it is strongly recommended that the Army in particular and the country in general must provide them with a
dwelling unit and adopt their children for education and ensure their placement in the job market. An ex-gratia payment to them has a very little meaning when their will to live life has been badly shattered by the loss of their better halves. Lastly, the special family pension must take into consideration the time-bound substantive rank promotion benefits. This kind of gesture will go a long way in motivating the
youth to join the forces, especially the infantry, the queen of a battlefield.
Reappointment of teachers
I would like to divert your attention towards the Punjab government notification and the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bench orders regarding the reappointment of ad hoc teachers whose appointments had been cancelled vide earlier Supreme Court orders, and who were agitating for quite some time at Chandigarh, etc, to get themselves reinstated. It was published in the newspapers a few days back that a High Court Bench had ordered the Punjab government to reappoint these teachers within 15 days.
I would like to point out certain factors against these orders:
1. That the Supreme Court had earlier cancelled the appointment of these teachers on the grounds that these appointments were illegal since these were made more than the vacancies, which were advertised.
2. How could those illegal appointments now be made legal?
3. What will happen to the deserving candidates who could not get employment only because of these illegal appointments and are still unemployed? Isnt it a grave injustice to them? Everybody knows that these appointments were made by taking huge money from the selected candidates and all selection criteria or merit were put aside.
4. Why have these orders been made when the elections are due and the Election Commission has ordered not to make any new appointments, reappointments, transfers, etc.?
It is learnt that DO offices in the state have to start the process for issuing appointment letters from Monday 16.9.99. Initial processing is already there.
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