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    GEN. J.J. SINGH ABUSES CAPT. AMARINDER SINGH | ਜੇਜੇ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਨੂੰ ਕੱਢੀਆਂ ਸ਼ਰੇਆਮ ਗਾਲਾਂ

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    J J Singh’s harsh words to Captain Amrinder Singh !

    Daru seems to have already knocked the drunk General

    A disgrace  to the Armed forces and dignity of Chiefs office by using abusive language in Public Has he joined SAD to play Boxing with Cat Amarinder or tried to please himself and his ears with strong wordining unworthy of a Ex-India Army chief, A shame .

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    WARDIWALA TO DHOTIWALA
     
    BY
    LT COL NOEL ELLIS (RETD)
    09/I/2017
     
    I was hesitating all this while whether to comment on Gen JJ Singh joining politics. I am sure after such a long and illustrious service to the nation where he headed our professional army as a Chief and now as a Governor. Why has he decided to join SAD? It makes me feel sad. I will try and apply my mind to the reasons why a wardi wala takes a plunge to become a dhoti wala. Pardon me my saying so dear politicians, but in my eyes you guys do not meet my eye by any standards. You guys do not fit in my scheme of things. So Gen JJ your decision to change is very unpalatable to me. Well, to paint all dhotiwalas in the same brush may not be correct, but some become pyjama walas, some become suit boot walas, some become khadi walas, some become topi walas, but most of them become mauke par chauka walas, in my humble opinion. Where will you stand, we shall wait and see sir?
     
    I know it is difficult to run a country with such a varied terrain and population. The irony is that this country continues to run on its own steam, irrespective of the pink colour of notes, irrespective of the colour of the lotus, irrespective of mixing up all the left over spices (parties), which actually left a bad taste in our mouths during the NDA tenure. Nehru came Nehru went, Indira came Indira went, Rajiv came Rajiv went, Vajpai came Vajpai went so will Modi in due course of time, don’t forget the others in between. Badal’s came Badal’s went and Badal’s came again. Will they continue to stay forever; your guess is as good as mine? The only thing Modi has brought in is a little change, a little freshness and little cleanliness from both garbage as well as corruption even if it is superficially. I like it, as I constantly look for something fresh in life. Sooner or later it is going to be stale. Kashmir is a stale issue, parliament logjam is a stale issue and in fact except for NOTEBANDI, nothing seems to be fresh. The 2000 and 500 notes are fresh, so I love it. Generals joining politics is a stale issue, as none of them have done anything worthwhile for their community, serving or the veterans as far as I am aware, so now this General who rose up to be a Governor is convinced to get into the grass roots. Welcome to the “HAMAAM” sir.
     
    May I ask you, is it that you were fed up of the Raj Bhawans, the golf, the book writing etc that you now want a change. If that be so, I somehow feel that you should not have become a General in the first place. Why do you want to fall from grace? Or is it that you have seen so many politicians in your life that you have got so impressed by their work and deeds that you want to emulate them? May be you are so fed up from them that you want to do your bit to change them. Or is it that you find nothing else better to do than to join politics, to stay relevant for at least those five years that you are elected. I don’t know sir, why do you have to stoop that low. I am sure your reasons must be genuine, but for our sake and by “our” I mean the veterans’ sake please do something or don’t join politics. I wish you retire and enjoy your pension, do community service, rather waste your time and hard earned money in this tomfoolery called politics is my humble suggestion.
     
    Sir, if you genuinely feel that you want to do something for the nation, then why you haven’t floated your own party. I also want to know from you that are you so mesmerized by the Badals that you have accepted a SAD ticket. I also want to understand from you that out of all the places why you have chosen Patiala as your constituency for election, Are you from Patiala?  Can you make a dent in the Captain’s armour? The person, who has been from the ruling clan of Patiala, will outnumber you even if he loses and I can assure you that you may lose your security deposit in the bargain. The only thing I find in common is that you are a Sikh, fine, but don’t think they are all sardars. The people of Patiala are thinking people and well educated at that. But, who am I to stop you from burning your fingers? I don’t know the exact political sway and political alliances of that region as it exists today, but rest assured you are in for a shock if not a surprise.
     
    I have a problem when a person who once adorned a four star uniform and star plate on his car is branded with politicians. I have a problem with a man whose vehicle used to adorn the Ashoka insignia where ever he went will now have nothing of that sort. Tell me General, is it the craving for a white ambassador car which has made you to decide to fight elections. Wasn’t the black one you sat in most of your life good enough? What was the motivation behind to join active politics? We would like to know. From a General to the civil streets, from a governor to worst than a section commander, who at least used to have nine men obeying his word of command? Here you may have nine hundred “chamchas” but all looking in as many directions. Well, you are used to an organised set up, where you had your ADCs noting every word that came out of your mouth. The staff and perks which organised every move of yours, here now you have decided to get back to walking the streets and asking for votes. I don’t know it just doesn’t go down my gullet.
     
    Well general, I wish you the best from the bottom of my heart if you really can change the way politics is done in India and especially so in Punjab. I wish you luck if you are going to do something for the veterans and the widows of the uniformed community. I wish each and every case which is pending in courts is chased by you personally, even if it means to get on loggerheads with the CM, Defence Minister or the PM. I say so as I was posted in Patiala District many moons back, and I saw the plight of the Veterans community. I saw the way widows kept increasing due to the conflict with Pakistan. I met hundreds of them, who carried pictures of their beloveds close to their chests with pride, but were deprived of honour which was their due. I felt ashamed when the civil administration neglected them as they had retired or become widows for no fault of theirs. My heart goes out to them, as more than 12000 used to gather in the canteens to pick up their groceries and things of daily needs every month besides the “Quota” which every person in the civil administration demanded for petty works of theirs. Be the change sir, for our sake.
     
    Well sir, if you promise me to just get back the dignity of every veteran and veer nari back on track in Punjab, I am with you, but if you are going to become just a typical politician with no difference, then I rather stay mum. Will you pay heed to what I say, I wonder!!!!!!

    Academia to get ringside view of Army’s firepower

    OBJECTIVE Initiative part of plan to involve them and overcome modernisation hurdles

    NEW DELHI: Top academia from Indian Institutes of Technology, Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science, and other centres of excellence will get a ringside view of the army’s precise application of firepower, as part of an overarching programme to involve them in over coming modern is at ion hurdles being faced by the force.

    They will witness live firing by the Bofors gun, 130 mm artillery guns, and rocket launchers for the first time. Under the outreach initiative, spearheaded by the Army Design Bureau (ADB) set up last year, the academia and industry experts will be taken to the School of Artillery in Devlali on January 9 and Infantry School in Mhow on February 20 — both in Madhya Pradesh — for elaborate firepower displays.

    The army is seeking their help to fix at least 170 problem areas in modernisation ranging from mobility of guns in mountains to night vision devices and wound-healing fabric to satellite-based tracking systems.

    he academia and industry are also being tapped to develop future technologies such as armoured fighting vehicles, unmanned combat aerial vehicles, longer range surface-to-air missiles, and precision weapons.

    A South Block source said an army team, headed by deputy chief Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, has held 17 bilateral army-industry interactions and eight trilateral army-industry-academia interactions.

    “The interactions were aimed at promoting an understanding of the army’s modernisation requirements, gauging the industry’s capabilities, and finding out how academic activities could be aligned to meet the army’s future needs,” the source said.

    The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector stands to make some significant gains by taking part in the modernisation drive as almost 40% of the army’s schemes are valued under `140 crore.

    Last year, the academia and industry representatives were taken to Ahmednagar and Gopalpur to educate them about tanks and air defence equipment. They have been taken to highaltitude areas in the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir, and a field trip to the desert sector will take place in February.

    A senior officer said many projects under IMPRINT India (Impacting Research Innovation and Technology) — a pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop a roadmap for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges — were being aligned to meet the army’s future requirements. He said research cells had been set up in several IITs and domain-specific courses in defence technology were in the works.

    He said the industry’s response to army’s request for information for several schemes had increased significantly after the setting up of the ADB. The army has already signed an MoU for collaboration with IIT Gandhinagar, and another one with IIT Mumbai is likely to be inked on January 8.

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    Battle royale: It’ll be Gen vs Capt in Patiala

    TAKING POSITION Camping in Patiala, former army chief Gen JJ Singh says his track record is of ‘no failures’

    I am ready for the battle… I am here to give back to the city socially, politically and economically. GEN JJ SINGH (RETD), former army chief

    PATIALA: Two former soldiers are set to slug it out in the Patiala assembly segment as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to bet on former army chief General JJ Singh (retd) against Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh for the polls due within a couple of months. Amarinder hasn’t lost an election from the Patiala (urban) seat since 2002.

    HT FILEDeputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal honouring Gen JJ Singh (retd) during the inauguration of the first phase of Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar on December 13.

    Gen JJ Singh stopped just short of expressly confirming the candidature: “Let’s wait for a day; I am ready for the battle and take up a challenge only to win.”

    But an Akali leader privy to the decision told HT, “The idea is to pose a tough challenge to Amarinder, so that he gets less time to move around the state for canvassing. General JJ Singh is a Sikh with an illustrious career behind him.” PATIALA: Two former soldiers are set to slug it out in the Patiala assembly segment as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to bet on former army chief General JJ Singh (retd) against Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh for the polls due within a couple of months. Amarinder hasn’t lost an election from the Patiala (urban) seat since 2002.

    Gen JJ Singh stopped just short of expressly confirming the candidature: “Let’s wait for a day; I am ready for the battle and take up a challenge only to win.”

    But an Akali leader privy to the decision told HT, “The idea is to pose a tough challenge to Amarinder, so that he gets less time to move around the state for canvassing. General JJ Singh is a Sikh with an illustrious career behind him. The AAP has fielded a very weak candidate from Patiala. Our party president will announce the name in a day or two, but JJ Singh has already been sounded to shift base to Patiala.”

    Gen Singh confirmed he has reached Patiala. “Let me first make it clear that don’t dub me as a ‘paratrooper’ in Patiala. I have been brought up in the city and stayed here… am familiar with its every nook and cranny,” he said, indicating that he is game. He said he is in Patiala “for an assignment which I will accomplish in tune with my track record of no failures”.

    He added, “It’s my payback time to Patiala, where I have stayed for years as a child after my family shifted here after Partition. The city has my ‘nanke’ (maternal grandfather’s family) as well as ‘dadke’ (paternal grandfather’s), and now I am here to give back to the city socially, politically and economically,” said the General.

    Gen Singh, who was the first Sikh officer to become the army chief, has been provided security cover by the police in Patiala. At least 12 cops and vehicle have been put on the job on the orders of ADGP (security). JJ Singh fought the 1965 and 1971 wars, apart from being among the architects of defeating Pakistani intruders in Kargil. For six months, JJ Singh was cosying up with SAD president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal. He was seen at the inaugural function of the war memorial in Amritsar and also at other events concerning ex-servicemen.

    Amarinder, too, had served on the Indo-Pak border during the 1965 war.

    After finding former minister Surjit Singh Kohli not in the pink of his health, and Bhagwan Dass Juneja, who lost decisively in the bypoll to Preneet Kaur after Amarinder left the seat to become Amritsar MP, the SAD was looking for a formidable fresh face from Patiala. Sukhbir approached JJ Singh, who agreed to the proposal, said sources.

    SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra had said on Sunday that a “famous personality” would be pitted against Amarinder. As per the deal, say sources, the General has been promised a “suitable adjustment” irrespective of what the election result will be.

    On being asked if it will be befitting for him to contest assembly polls after holding offices such as those of army chief and governor, JJ Singh said, “No job and work is small.”

     

    Akalis to field General versus Captain in battle for Patiala

    TAKING POSITION Camping in Patiala, former army chief Gen JJ Singh says his track record is of ‘no failures’

    I am ready for the battle… I am here to give back to the city socially, politically and economically. GEN JJ SINGH (RETD), former army chief

    PATIALA: Two former soldiers are set to slug it out in the Patiala assembly segment as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to bet on former army chief General JJ Singh (retd) against Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh for the polls due within a couple of months. Amarinder hasn’t lost an election from the Patiala (urban) seat since 2002.

    HT FILEDeputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal honouring Gen JJ Singh (retd) during the inauguration of the first phase of Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar on December 13.

    Gen JJ Singh stopped just short of expressly confirming the candidature: “Let’s wait for a day; I am ready for the battle and take up a challenge only to win.”

    But an Akali leader privy to the decision told HT, “The idea is to pose a tough challenge to Amarinder, so that he gets less time to move around the state for canvassing. General JJ Singh is a Sikh with an illustrious career behind him. The AAP has fielded a very weak candidate from Patiala. Our party president will announce the name in a day or two, but JJ Singh has already been sounded to shift base to Patiala.”

    Gen Singh confirmed he has reached Patiala. “Let me first make it clear that don’t dub me as a ‘paratrooper’ in Patiala. I have been brought up in the city and stayed here… am familiar with its every nook and cranny,” he said, indicating that he is game. He said he is in Patiala “for an assignment which I will accomplish in tune with my track record of no failures”.

    He added, “It’s my payback time to Patiala, where I have stayed for years as a child after my family shifted here after Partition. The city has my ‘nanke’ (maternal grandfather’s family) as well as ‘dadke’ (paternal grandfather’s), and now I am here to give back to the city socially, politically and economically,” said the General.

    Gen Singh, who was the first Sikh officer to become the army chief, has been provided security cover by the police in Patiala. At least 12 cops and vehicle have been put on the job on the orders of ADGP (security). JJ Singh fought the 1965 and 1971 wars, apart from being among the architects of defeating Pakistani intruders in Kargil. For six months, JJ Singh was cosying up with SAD president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal. He was seen at the inaugural function of the war memorial in Amritsar and also at other events concerning ex-servicemen.

    Amarinder, too, had served on the Indo-Pak border during the 1965 war.

    After finding former minister Surjit Singh Kohli not in the pink of his health, and Bhagwan Dass Juneja, who lost decisively in the bypoll to Preneet Kaur after Amarinder left the seat to become Amritsar MP, the SAD was looking for a formidable fresh face from Patiala. Sukhbir approached JJ Singh, who agreed to the proposal, said sources.

    SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra had said on Sunday that a “famous personality” would be pitted against Amarinder. As per the deal, say sources, the General has been promised a “suitable adjustment” irrespective of what the election result will be.

    On being asked if it will be befitting for him to contest assembly polls after holding offices such as those of army chief and governor, JJ Singh said, “No job and work is small.”


    India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations

    New Delhi, January 1India and Pakistan on Sunday exchanged for the 26th consecutive year the list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral agreement that prohibits them from attacking each other’s atomic facilities.“India and Pakistan today exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.The agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988, and entered into force on January 27, 1991, says that the two countries will inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the agreement on January 1 of every calendar year.This is the 26th consecutive exchange of such list between the two countries, the first one having taken place on January 1, 1992.The two countries also exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the lists of nationals (including civil prisoners and fishermen) of each country lodged in their respective jails as per provisions of the Agreement on Consular Access, the MEA said.The agreement on consular access, signed between the two countries on May 21, 2008, provides for exchanging a comprehensive list of nationals of each country lodged in their jails twice each year–on January 1 and July 1.“India remains committed to addressing with Pakistan on priority the humanitarian matters, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen in each other’s country.“In this context, we await from Pakistan confirmation of nationality of those in India’s custody who are otherwise eligible for release and repatriation.“We also await consular access to those Indian nationals in Pakistan’s custody for whom it has so far not been provided, including Hamid Nehal Ansari and Kulbhushan Jadhav,” said an MEA statement.The Pakistani security forces had arrested Jadhav from Balochistan in March and alleged that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)”.Jadhav has been accused by Pakistan of planning “subversive activities” in the country.India has acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he had any connection with the government.Pakistan has so far turned down India’s request for consular access to Jadhav, whom Pakistan claimed to be a RAW spy.Ansari had crossed over illegally to Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2012 reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online and then went missing.He was later arrested and tried by a Pakistani military court, which pronounced him guilty of espionage. PTI


    IAF learnt lessons, better prepared post Pathankot attack: Air chief

    Chief of air staff, air chief marshal Arup Raha, on Wednesday said the Pathankot terror attack in January this year was the first setback, adding that they are now better prepared having learnt lessons from the incident.

    “The second setback was the missing of the AN-32. Even after efforts, we could not trace the aircraft. We are helping their families. It is one of the worst memories in my career. AN-32s don’t have underwater locater beacons. We have taken up the case with the government,” the air chief said.

    On operational preparedness, Raha said, they were dwindling with the fighters.

    “We paid attention to the latest acquisitions and upgrades of the aircraft we have. On Rafael, we have invited LCA. Three are flying and we will accept 123 in the next ten years. The second squadron of C130 will come soon. It will be based at the Arjangadh base. A large number of radars, which are indigenous, have been inducted. The air force is well on its way to have network centric capabilities. We have done reasonably well in looking after the sub-conventional threats like terrorism,” he added.

    He asserted that the revenue cases languishing since long have been signed due the proactiveness of the government and defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

    “The average flying we did was more than the average flying of the last 10 years. We have flown in the fighter fleet 40,000 hours, more than the last 10 years, due to better serviceability. We have done an average night flying of 27% which was less earlier. There has been a large improvement in the professional capabilities. We have been involved deeply in the operations against extremism, logistics support, flying by night,” he said.

    The air chief also said they had upgraded the Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the northeast.

    “The government has given approval of 27 flights of Garuns, with each having 45 Grains. 23 more Garun Flights will be raised later. (Garun is the special force under the Indian Air Force). We have been able to sign various cases in the last two and a half years including Rafale which will be in India. It will be operational within the next three years to five-and-a-half years,” he said.


    ARMY OFFICER BANGLOW FOR SALE AT MHOW

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    : Bungalow For Sale(Owned by Retd. Army Officer)
    At Mhow in Royal Town opposite Hema range on 4 lane highway 3 BHK Plus Duplex Bungalow is available with special discount to Armed forces Veterans. On 2000 sq ft plot, constructed area 1800 sq ft Having 3 Bedrooms, 4 toilets,drawing room, dining , modular kitchen, parking, kitchen store, wash area, bore well all around boundary wall. 750 sq ft open lawn with kota stone fitted. Two terraces one each on grand & first floor.
    Cost 46 lakhs(negotiable)  
     Additional info: East facing, corner plot on East &  South side colony roads, 5 minutes drive to Either side to Mhow & Pithampur. Kindly help me out in selling this bungalow. If any veterans know any civilian friend interested please pass it on to him/her. Also kindly post it to other groups, I shall highly be obliged. Tons of thanks.-
    contact Col. Gopal L Sharma on 9713266482.
    Col. Gopal L Sharma(owner of the said Bungalow)

    We stand by Tyagi till he is proven guilty: Raha

    We stand by Tyagi till he is proven guilty: Raha
    Air Chief Marshall Arup Raha.

    Ajay Banerjee

    Tribune News Service

    New Delhi, December 28

    Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshall Arup Raha on Wednesday came out in support of former IAF chief SP Tyagi saying that “they stand by him till he is proven guilty”.

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    He also listed the IAF requirement of an additional 200-250 fighter jets to meet the short fall arising out of future phasing out of the MiG 21 jets.

    Raha, who retires on December 31, was meeting the media in New Delhi when he, without naming Tyagi, said the former Chief was part of the IAF family and “they stand by him, however, if charges are proved against him, they will have no sympathy”.

    He said blaming the IAF alone for the AgustaWestland bribery scandal was not right.

    Tyagi, a former IAF Chief – retired in 2007 – was arrested recently by the Central Bureau of Investigation on alleged bribery charges in the Rs 3,600 crore deal to buy 12 helicopters from Italian firm AgustaWestland for use of top VVIPs.

    On being asked about fighter jets, Raha said we need more medium weight fighter jets – a classification for jets. The Sukhoi 30 MKI is in the heavy weight category, the Tejas is the light-weight category, while the Rafale was ordered recently from France.

    “We need a second line of production of fighter jets under the make in India procedure”, Raha said while putting the collective need at 200-250 jets in the next 10 years.


    Court pulls up CBI over AgustaWestland probe, grants bail to ex-IAF chief S P Tyagi

    In a setback to the CBI probing alleged irregularities in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal, former IAF chief S P Tyagi was granted bail Monday after 18 days in custody. In its order, the court of special CBI judge Arvind Kumar said the CBI had “failed to state how much cash was paid to accused and when it was paid” despite conducting an investigation for “3 years and 9 months”.

    The pronouncement of the order had the Tyagi family in tears. They declined to comment, only saying that their “faith in the judiciary has been restored”. The former Chief of Air Staff was arrested by the CBI on December 9 for his alleged involvement in changing specifications for VVIP choppers, allowing AgustaWestland to participate in the bidding process.

    The CBI had alleged that Tyagi received money and used his influence to change the service ceiling for the helicopters. It also alleged that the “bribe amount” had been transferred “through different companies” in the name of “consultancy services” to persons related to Tyagi.

    The agency had opposed grant of bail to the former IAF chief, saying evidence was yet to be received from various countries and other witnesses. The court noted that Tyagi had joined the investigation for questioning several times prior to his arrest and raids had been conducted at his residence in 2013 where a number of documents had been seized.

    “It has not been the contention of the CBI that accused had tampered with the evidence or influenced any witness since the time of lodging of FIR,” the court said. It also said that since Tyagi had retired from service in 2007, “the apprehension of CBI that he would influence the witnesses who had been subordinate to him during the tenure of his service appears unfounded”.

    The court noted that the CBI had not been able to link the properties owned by the accused to any illegal gratification. “The correctness or otherwise of the allegation as to whether the accused has taken the kickbacks and in what manner he was connected to the same can only be looked into during the course of the trial,” it said.

    The court asked Tyagi to submit a personal bail bond of Rs 2 lakh with one surety, and directed that he cannot leave the National Capital Region without prior permission of the court. He was also directed not to contact any witness in the case.

    The court is yet to pronounce judgment on the bail pleas filed by the co-accused including S P Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and advocate Gautam Khaitan, who have been alleged to be “middlemen’ in sourcing the money from foreign countries. Orders on their pleas are likely to be pronounced on January 4.

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    AFT allows petition seeking NFU for defence officers at par with Group ‘A’ services

    The petitioner had contended that the morale of officers of the armed forces has been lowered by the government by non-grant of the NFU and thus lowering the established status of the armed forces officers since independence.

    Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Published:December 23, 2016 6:30 pm

     

    AFT, Armed Forces Tribunal, AFT NFU, AFT NFU defence forces, NFU defence forcesThe bench comprising the officiating chairperson of the AFT, Justic BP Katakey and Lt Gen Sanjiv Langer today delivered the judgement on the petition which had been reserved some weeks back.

    In a verdict, which meets the long-standing demand of thousands of defence services officers, the principal bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) in New Delhi has allowed a petition demanding Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) for defence officers on the pattern of civil services officers of Group ‘A’ services. The bench comprising the officiating chairperson of the AFT, Justic BP Katakey and Lt Gen Sanjiv Langer today delivered the judgement on the petition which had been reserved some weeks back. Col Mukul Dev of the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Branch was the principal petitioner in the case which also has around 500 serving Army officers as co-petitioners.

    Speaking to The Indian Express, Col Rajiv Manglik (retd) advocate for the petitioners said, “NFU been allowed as given to defence officers on the pattern of civilian officers as given by the 6th Pay Commission and it will be applicable for all three services-Army, Navy and the Air Force. It has also been stated if NFU is implemented for civilians in 7th Pay Commission it will be given to armed forces officers also. The advocate also said that the bench has allowed arrears for NFU for a period not exceeding three years from the date of the judgement. “The AFT has also denied the leave to appeal in the Supreme Court to the respondents ie. the Union of India,” said Col Manglik.

    The petitioner had contended that the morale of officers of the armed forces has been lowered by the government by non-grant of the NFU and thus lowering the established status of the armed forces officers since independence. He had also argued that the stagnation in the armed forces is more acute than the civil services and that the denial is in clear violation of Article 14 and 16 of the Constitution “as the equals since independence have been made unequals”.

    It was also argued that the purpose of grant of NFU is not to equate the monetary benefits or earnings enjoyed by a particular service, but it is granted with the aim to remove the stagnation due to the acute shortage of vacancies and grant parity of promotional avenues within the IAS with stipulated lead of two years to the IAS.

    The petitioner had said that the parity established since independence and upheld by the pay commissions in succession between the armed forces and the All India Services/ Group ‘A’ services and IPS in particular has been disturbed and the petitioner has been deprived of the benefits extended to his counter parts in parity in the civil services.

    It had been contended that the armed forces officers cadre meets all the attributes attached to the Group ‘A’ organised service. The petition says that the NFU has been denied on the pretext that Military Service Pay (MSP) has been given to armed forces officers. Citing this as a “gross mis-concept” the petition said that the grant of NFU is to alleviate the acute stagnation in service, whereas the MSP and other allowances is due to the postings at various difficult terrain and living conditions.

    It was also pointed out that there are a number of Group ‘A’ services, which do not meet all the criteria for the group, yet they have been awarded NFU. The services mentioned are Indian Legal Service and Indian Trade Service, Indian Statistical service, Indian Economic service and Central Information service.

    What is NFU?

    Non Functional Upgrade (NFU) entitles an IAS officer and other Group ‘A’ services officers of the civil services to get the pay scale of the highest promoted officer of their batch even if he or she is not promoted to the same rank. This higher grade is given two years after the batchmate achieves the promotion. The aim of giving NFU is to alleviate the stagnation in the service due to non-promotion. Due to the steep pyramid of promotion in armed forces hierarchy, a large number of officers do not make it to the next selection rank. However, NFU has not been made applicable to armed forces. The Delhi High Court in its recent judgement has held that NFU is also applicable to officers of the central paramilitary forces.


    Army recruitment sub-centre opened in Rewari

    Tribune News Service

    Rewari, December 21

    Former minister and Kosli MLA Bikram Singh Yadav today inaugurated the army recruitment sub-centre on the premises of the Sainik Parivar Bhawan here.The centre was announced by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while accepting the demand of Union minister Rao Inderjit at the Sainik Samman rally organised here on November 16.“Now retired army personnel residing here need not to go to Charkhi Dadri to get their problems regarding pension and other benefits resolved. All their grievances will now be redressed here. Even, local youths will be able to get latest information about army recruitment from the centre,” said Yadav.Meanwhile, Naresh Chauhan, general secretary of the Rezang La Shaurya Samiti, has urged the Centre to put up hoardings of the army recruitment on the premises of the Rezang La Memorial, Rezang La Shaheedi Park, District War Memorial, Rao Tularam Park, District Sainik Board, Sainik School and the Secretariat so that agents could not cheat the youths.