Returning awards and medals In protest against non-acceptance of their demand of One Rank One Pension

               In protest against non-acceptance of their demand of One Rank One Pension, some of the ex-servicemen surrendered their medals. Nine cardboard boxes full of medals have been received.

             A Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to look into the issue of One Rank One Pension and other related issues. After considering all aspects of the issue, the Committee did not find it administratively feasible to recommend One Rank One Pension, as such. However, keeping in mind the spirit of the demand several other recommendations to substantially improve pensionary benefits of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and Commissioned Officers have been made, which have been accepted by the Government:-

       i) Bringing parity between pension of pre and post October 10, 1997 PBOR pensioners.

      ii) Inclusion of Classification Allowance of PBOR from January 01, 2006.

     iii) Further improving PBOR pensions based on award of GOM, 2006.

     iv) Removal of linkage of full pension with 33 years from January 01, 2006 in respect of Commissioned    Officers.

     v) Revision of pension of Lt. General pension after carving out a separate pay scale of Rs. 69000 - 79000.
     vi) Broad banding of percentage of disability/war injury pension for pre January 01, 1996 disability/war injury pensioners.
    vii) Removal of the cap on war injury element of pension in the case of disabled pensioners belonging to Category E, which have also been accepted by the Government.

          Two of the recommendations at SI. No. (ii) and (iv) have since been implemented through a Govt. letter dated October 10, 2009. Other recommendations are at different stages of implementation. Since the issue on which ex-servicemen have been protesting has been substantially addressed by the Committee, the Government expects them to honour their hard earned medals.

         This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Shri Rajiv Ranjan Singh Alias Lalan Singh in Lok Sabha today.

Harassment of Subscribers

          The subscribers in the lifetime validity plans are entitled to incoming free calls subject to terms and conditions as conveyed at the time of their enrolment of such plans.

              Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has prescribed regulatory guidelines to bring clarity in the lifetime offering and to protect the interest of the subscribers vide Telecommunication Tariff (Forty Third Amendment) Order dated 21st March, 2006 which inter-alia mandated:

           Tariff plans offered as having lifetime validity in lieu of an upfront payment shall continue to be available to the subscriber as long as the service provider is permitted to provide such telecom service under the current license or renewed license.

             Hike in any item in a lifetime tariff plan during the specified lifetime validity period is prohibited; and the service provider shall inform the subscribers of the month and year of expiry of his current license.

          Further, in order to prevent the practice of service providers prescribing too frequent recharges as a condition to continue lifetime validity, TRAI, vide its Telecommunication Tariff (Forty Eight Amendment) Order has mandated that such recharge conditions, if prescribed, shall in no case be less than six months.

          This reply was given by Shri Gurudas Kamat, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in Lok Sabha today.

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