Find below the reply given by Hon,ble Prime Minister to the
BJP leader Sh L.K. Advani in response to his remarks on
ONE RANK ONE PENSION. It is neddless to mention here
that the delay in releasing the notification in respect of
Modified Parity in Pension for JCOs and below, in the
concerned deptt., was certainly at the behest of some big
brothers , still having their sway in MoD. They never
supported this clause of CoS report for self interests as
they were not included in this knowing well that they
have already got the benefit of improved Pension
( 10-10-1997 ) back in year 1998.
Now the Prime Minister has cleared every doubt about
Modified Parity in Pension for JCOs and below
Veterans may, please, note that those big brothers are
now opposing the abolution of Sahayiks in Army which
the Govt. has decided to implement on the advice of
Stress Management Committee.
Manmohan gives it back to Advani.
Aditi TandonTribune News Service
New Delhi, March 5.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today
gave it back to BJP leader LK Advani who had, day before
yesterday, accused the UPA of failing on various counts,
including the foreign policy front.
Today, it was Manmohan Singh’s turn to counter attack,
and he did so well, mentioning Advani four times in his
long speech. The first reference to the BJP leader came in
context of farmers’ suicides. While Advani had accused
the government of putting money into the hands of banks
instead of farmers’ in the name of debt waiver, the PM
rejected the argument, saying the UPA had been very
sensitive to the issue and had done everything possible to
solve the agrarian crisis.
“It had been said that the loan waiver scheme has not
helped farmers and it helped only banks. Nothing can be
farther from the truth. It is surprising that we forget that
nearly Rs 70,000 crore that was recoverable from farmers
was not recovered,” he said.
The PM further countered Advani on the latter’s
accusation that the UPA had not implemented
one-rank, one-pension scheme. The committee
formed for the purpose never recommended one
rank one pension. It asked to enhance the
pensionary benefits of personnel below officer rank
and commissioned officers. This was accepted,” said
the PM, adding that out of the seven recommendations
of the committee, five have been implemented and
two will,soon, be implemented.
The most important clarifications the PM gave to Advani
today pertained to the latter’s demand to recall India’s
black money stored in foreign banks and the accusation
that the government was acting under US pressure.
On the black money front, the PM said 20 countries and
jurisdictions had been prioritised for entering into
agreements regarding exchange of information and
assistance in collection of taxes.