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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
L E T T E R S    T O    T H E    E D I T O R

Pay commission for armed
forces is an eyewash

The armed forces have been let down as the assurances given by the Defence Minister to the services chiefs have not been fulfilled. Out of the four core demands, only one has been met and Lt Colonels have been placed in pay band four albeit with riders.

The demands regarding the parity between the defence services and their civil counter part have been turned down. The hype about the separate pay commission is an eyewash, as the implementation of the decision after 10 years will depend upon the political will of then prevailing government.

To undo the anomalies created by the 6th Pay Commission, it is imperative that the separate pay commission is created immediately.

WG CDR J S BHALLA (retd), Chandigarh




II

The monumental bungling by the 6th Pay Commission in respect of pay and allowances for the defence services and subsequently by the Committee of Secretaries, without any representation from the defence services, led to much heartburn among the serving defence personnel and the ex-servicemen community.

So, the PMO announced a separate pay commission for the defence in the future. It is a welcome step but the next pay commission is about a decade away. No one can foresee what will happen in the intervening period.

Also, going by the previous record of the government reneging on its promises, like ‘One rank one pension’, what is the guarantee that it won’t go back on its commitment yet again?

BRIG HARWANT SINGH (retd), SAS Nagar

 





Dispel Maya’s maaya

The lynching of PWD engineer M.K Gupta by so-called political leaders shows the growing goonda-raj in Uttar Pradesh. It is very shameful that a human life was lost for standing up to extortionists. The grant of Rs 5 lakh to the victim’s wife as declared by the Chief Minister of U.P. is an attempt to sweep the controversy under the carpet.

When will the common man arise from his slumber? This should serve as a wake-up call to the common man as to how his voting has brought a fiend as the head of the system. We need to be the change, to bring the change in our political administration. Judiciary should also take action in this matter.

The politicians, who show no fear of the law, should not forget that no one is above the law. Indeed, Ms Mayawati is “helping” the downtrodden by asking for lavish donations for her birthday in the name of the poor. The root cause of this corruption is the CM herself. Never mind that she accuses the media and the opposition for a conspiring against her.

GEHNA VAISHNAVI, Chandigarh

Israeli aggression

The escalating war in the Gaza strip has killed hundreds of innocent people.  And as always, the worldwide elite response is cold and culpable.  More worrisome is the fact that many Israel apologetics in India defend it on the ground that Israel is an irreproachable victim of terrorism, as India herself is. Such hoodwink comparisons are at best shallow, hasty, and misleading.  

While many think India is soft on terrorism, the response of Israeli military to whack its enemy is absolutely ruthless and crushing.  Undeniably, India has been a victim of jihadi terrorism and the Mumbai carnage is only the latest wound.

No doubt, the struggle to combat the menace of terror is tough, but to its credit, India has never used F16 bombers or laser guided weapons to kill thousands of innocent civilians on the pretext of fighting terrorism.

On the contrary, Israel’s assault on the Palestine people is rather inhuman and disproportionate. Israel has repetitively violated several international norms and thwarted as many peace proposals.

In my opinion, there are no commonalities, real or imagined, on the nature and scale of terrorism suffered by India and Israel. 

RAVINDER KUMAR BANYAL, Bangalore

II

Israel’s strikes have so far killed hundreds and injured more , many of them seriously. This outweighs any claim of self-defence or protection of Israeli civilians. Even if you forget the magnitude of Israel’s violations of the Geneva convention and the long terrible history of its methodical collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza, consider the vastly disproportionate carnage in the conflict.

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,” said the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. In the current slaughter Israel is not alone but has an accomplice named Uncle Sam. The U.S. government provides Israel billions of dollars and invaluable support.

SAFIYA SAMEENA, Vijayawada

Security formula

To deal with the menace of terrorism and internal disturbances effectively, a new organisation of internal security under the central government is required. It should deal with all aspects like intelligence, training, combat, investigation and prosecution.

There should be four security zones comprising groups of states, each headed by an ADGP. Competent officers, commandos and other staff should be transferred to this organisation from other military, para-military, police forces and intelligence agencies and given vigorous training.

MANJIT SINGH JUNEJA, SAS Nagar

Right choice

Mr Omar Abdullah the new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir is young and dynamic. His utterances, so far, do not indicate that he is a hard liner. Now that he is in the driving seat, let us hope to see all around development. Kashmir might again become a real heaven on earth.

PROF P K GUPTA, Bathinda

 





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