Exclusive: ‘Arun Jaitley told us that NDA’s promise on OROP was only meant to win elections,’ reveals Maj Gen Satbir Singh

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The chairman of the ex-servicemen movement, Maj Gen(Retd) Satbir Singh, who’s been spearheading  the soldiers’ fight for the implementation of One Rank One Pension has revealed that the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley had told them the BJP’s poll promises to soldiers were just electioneering tactics and ‘never meant to be honoured.’

Speaking exclusively to jantakareporter.com, Gen Singh said, “One thing I have learnt that what any of these politicians say are never meant to be believed. That’s the rule number one in India. Mr Jaitley when he was the defence minister, had told me, ‘why don’t you lower your expectations?’

“We told him that the OROP had only one definition. It had only one calculation. It had only one implication. We reminded him that this was in their election manifesto. To which he said, ‘You see General, all the assurances that politicians give during elections are not meant to be executed.’ What a shameful thing for him to say in front of ten of us. If a responsible minister says this then I have no faith in the political system.”

Also Read: Exclusive: Narendra Modi has betrayed the very trust of us soldiers: Army General on OROP

The armed forces veteran said he was extremely unhappy with the media fraternity for deliberately spreading misinformation to make the central government look good. He alleged that the media had ‘sold their souls’ by their false reporting that the central government had settled the veterans’ demand on the OROP.

He said, “Media is lying and spreading false information on OROP. They have no sense of journalism. If everything is settled, then where is the notification? Where is the letter? So, for media to say that everything is settled is diabolically stupid. If the journalism has gone shallow in the country, if the media is all purchased and bought and they have no character, then that’s how media starts spreading misinformation. Because somebody including the government pays them and controls them. But whether the media cover our agitation or not, we are continuing with best of our determination.”

Singh also said that one of the national newspapers had even refused to carry the advertisements paid for by the ex-servicemen. He lost his cool while recounting that experience.

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“Times of India refused to carry our advertisement. I have decided not to request the members of India media. One day when they chase me for interviews, I will tell them to get out of my sight. I don’t want to see your faces.”

Gen Singh, who had earlier accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ‘betraying the very trust of Indian soldiers’ attacked him once again. He said he was surprised that the prime minister, his cabinet colleagues and ‘everybody else’ had time to ‘hold talks with terrorists to broker peace with them’ but they ‘cannot talk to their ‘erstwhile soldiers.’

“Can there be bigger shame than this? ” he asked.

On being asked why he had not sought help from political parties or leaders who sympathised with their cause, Gen Singh said he welcomed support from everybody regardless of the political ideologies they believed in. He, however said that the ex-servicemen will not give them the platform to ‘highjack’ their agenda.

He said, “I welcome support from everybody regardless of political parties they represent. Whether they are Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal or anybody else, they must realise that we can’t allow them to use our mic to highjack our agenda. They are most welcome to come and sit and express their support to our cause. We didn’t allow Rahul Gandhi to speak, neither did we allow Derek O’Brian of TMC or Bhupendra Hooda of Congress.”

The army veteran also revealed that the organisers of the NRI event for PM Modi had approached him to speak from the same stage where the prime minister was scheduled to speak, but he refused because he didn’t ant to insult the Indian prime minister.

He said, “When our prime minister visited USA recently, the chairman of the NRIs group in San Francisco, some chap called Jit Bajwa,  wanted me to come along with the prime minister and speak from the same stage from where Mr Modi was likely to speak. They said they wanted to give us a cheque of 1 million dollar for this agitation. I refused both. I said this was my internal matter and I will resolve within my own country. I will not insult India on foreign soil. We’ve been honourable in our fight. Can the government of India reciprocate by honouring their commitment?”

Gen Singh said there were seven shortccomings in the OROP that the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had announced on 5 September. He said the OROP with those shortcomings will not be acceptable to soldiers.

” If those shortcomings are not removed and government goes ahead with the notification, it will kill the very definition of One Rank One Pension. It will then be called One Rank Five Pension. Because same years of service and same rank going to be reviewed after five years would mean that there will be five pensions. These politicians and babus so illiterate that they don’t even know that the armed forces don’t have the VRS. We have the premature retirement, which is the requirement of the government. They want to have a young army. Therefore, the soldiers have to leave after 17 years in service.”

Indian armed forces veterans have been protesting at Delhi Jantar Mantar for last 121 says with several ex-servicemen and their wives taking part in relay hunger strikes.

 

73 COMMENTS

  1. The most shocking revelation by Gen Satbir. Can we trust these hypocrite leaders to run the country ? Whether it is Mr Modi or Mr Jaitely !

    • modi is only a Jhumla master and hypocrite.He is a puppet in the hands of Mr Jaitley and bureaucrats. he cant think independently and does not have intellect. That is why he is totally dependent on bureaucrats who manage his media shows and keep him happy.He is sent out on visits to foreign countries too many times so that he does not bother them in the country. it is high time veterans take some drastic steps.i think they understand what i say.

    • Dear Ashok Wadhwa Sir,
      Let us start trusting Politicians or Political parties by their demonstrated performance to the Nation rather from their political speeches or election promises. Because unfortunately there is no accountability on these pre poll promises in our country.
      Regards
      Major P J Rao

  2. Unfulfillable promises for votes; cash for votes;caste for votes. Is there no constitutionally valid method/procedure to book Jaitley, modi, shah like characters who fool public for electoral gains when they themselves confess were just electoral promises? If this is not professing and practicing the ground rules of goonda / jungle raj, what else is?

    • How come there were no agitations from your “brigade” before Modi/NDA came to power i.e during congi-commie rule ? Just wondering ….Something doesn’t jive Is it preparation similar to “arab spring” like in Egypt supported, financed & advised by firengees saat samundar paar….? Can’t help wondering… Why Now ?

  3. It is high time India undergoes a long spell of military rule! A lot would be achieved within a short period of time i.e. all kinds of crime & corruption shall get eliminated, terrorists and anti nationals shall leave the country alone, politicians & dhotiwallas shall be consigned to doom, bureaucrats shall be brought to their senses, caste based reservations shall be a thing of past & above all the media shall fall in line. I dont say that everything that plagues the country today shall get corrected but some semblance of sanity shall prevail within a very short time.

    Imagine making such a promise to the defence forces in Pakistan & reneging on it – the politicians in pakistan cannot even think of going back on their promises.

    India needs a long spell of military rule & nothing else to set the nation on the right path!

    • Hoping that after the Bihar election is over the legitimate and promised words of our defence minister on OROP will be implemented in letter and spirit.
      Jai jai the honourable Maj Gen Satbir Singh (retd) and other dignified veterans who are putting their dedicated struggle to implement the long outstanding issue…
      Jai Hind.

  4. When did Jaitley tell him all this ? If indeed Jaitley said all this and yet they continued having talks means tht Satbir singh has no idea of how an agitation is conducted.The longer they stretch it,the more the chances of it fizzling out or differences cropping up amongst themselves.Satbir should’ve known that they are not negotiating with civilized ppl,they are negotiating with hardened criminals and as such,should’ve never dragged on negotiations by going to parkar and co repeatedly once their intentions were clear.
    Satbir has dropped the catch.

      • hehehehe…..ahut khoob….Lagtaa hai amrikaa se kaafee madadd mil rahi hai….arab spring indian spring samajh gaye naa….?

    • Mr. Panghaaal, Babaji ka thullu aapako mubarak ho! Faujionko jo milana hai milake rahega. Each and every soldier serves with utmost dedication and takes his salary happily. Does not weep like you people though paid handsomly.

    • Now you are showing your true loyalties….Ever wonder what congi-commies and their progeny ever did for these soldiers ? and why these guys NEVER threatened, protested like this before ?

  5. Can Satbir singh tell us what he means by ‘hijacking’ of their agenda by political parties ? Instead he should’ve clearly stated the roadmap to the political parties supporting them and asked them to adhere to it.Satbir messed up even that one.These chappies actually had no clue on how to conduct an agitation.They have typical fauji mentality.Sorry to say this.

    • It is sad that military veterans have to resort to agitation & negotiation for their legitimate rights which have been steadily whittled down by a scheming bureaucracy & political apathy ever since independence. Now, with water flowing over the bridge, they have resorted to protest at Jantar Mantar. They may be novices at political protests but they are also quick learners! They come from schools which have repeatedly taught them that in war there are no runners-up. They fight to win, their methods are novel, they believe in surprising their adversaries with out-of-the-box solutions. Best not to let this issue drag on for long lest they become adept at agitating- what turn the agitation may take cannot really be predicted!

      • Dear Colonel Jagdeep Singh,

        You are very correct Sir. One should not take lightly about Veterans agitation.
        Their self discipline should not be considered as weakness.
        Things will definitely deteriorate with further delay.
        May God bestow good health to General Satbir Singh Sir to take this decades of OROP struggle
        to a logical conclusion for the benefit of all great veterans and serving soldiers
        and officers of Armed Forces.

        Regards
        Jai Hind

      • How come this issue has come up only after BJP came to power ? Why no one was so gung-ho during congi-commie rule….during all those decades…?

        • Because BJP promised the veterans , I. E in Modi’s first election speech in which he addressed the veterans and promised orop shall be implemented in its true spirit if they came to power. Congress was and is the known evil.
          Hope you are getting the picture.

    • A fauji is a Fauji. His heart is genuine. Fauji’s can’t do diplomacy like civilians. We are better as we are and do not need unsolicited advice!

    • It seems like another congi commie inspired outfit similar to aap and patel outfit in Gujarat trying to put down Modi govt. Where were these outfits during madmohan/sonia decades ?

  6. Unfortunately nothing ever in this country wad achieved peacefully in our Country. Even Independence in our Country was granted when British realised that they had face the hard elements too. ESM need to speak in the language which the politicians undetstand .

  7. ALL WORKING CLASS PEOPLE WORKING SURROUNDING THE JANTAR MANTAR SHOULD GO AND EXTEND THEIR SUPPORT TO EX SERVICE MAN OBSERVING FAST SINCE 121 DAYS. ATLEAST IN THE EVENING FOR ONE HOUR LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SHOULD BE STAND WITH EX SERVICE MEN PERFORMING RAMDHUN. IF WE DO NOT SUPPORT OTHERS, OTHER WILL NOT SUPPORT US. PLEASE DON’T BE SELF CENTRIC.

    • Poll promises are nor and never contracts…although they should be though…Its just a way to beat the opponents during electioneering… How many promises the congi-commies have been kept so far and when did you complain about those never having been fulfilled ? Next time keep a list of them all…

  8. It really surprising that both Print Media and Electronic Media have stopped covering OROP issue abruptly. Do they really think that Nation need not know the
    problems of Veterans, the injustice meted out by them.

    Regards
    Jai Hind.

    • Sir, dont worry, the time is over when all were dependent on TV and news papers to updates. Let these presstitutes ignore our agitation, we all are updated on every move, through social media. Only thing we faujis should learn now, that when these gaddar presstitutes are in danger, we should kick on their back and push them to valley, instead of protecting them in any situation.

      • watch out here comes the likes of Pukistani musharraf….threats, big talk who is threatening to overthrow if he doesn’t get his way.. Really shameful….If you were in some western army you would have been sleeping under some bridge homeless, cold & without food…mentally disoriented….It is very easy to complain in our Hindusthan….freedom of speech taken too far…

  9. Shameful…. Our armymen put their lives on the point of the dagger of death for our country, and this is what our countrymen give in return.

    • All sadistic work is being initiated by Bureaucrat lobbies as I consider that Bureaucrat Mafias are cursed for the Nation and Society

    • Every soldier in every country does the same…Always compare your lot with them.whether in west or east……Of course they should get their due and be respected but no one can be allowed to badmouth the fairly elected govt.. Why was there no protest during congi/upa rule…?

  10. OROP demand is met by the Government. Revision every five years is a fair proposal. Agree that army people put their lives to danger to protect country but they should not be too greedy. Revision every year will call for too much of admistrative work.

    • Dear Mahesh , max of pension from defence funds go to civilian staff MOD, DRDO , Ordanance Factories, MES , Defence Audit etc etc, Second maximum of IAS. IFS IPS already get OROP and also NFU. Even if you are not promoted yoiu get pay of higher rank. Which govt awards in competency. Second it is these political calss which reduced pension of forces from 70 to 50% after Bnagla Desh and incraesed their won from 30 to 50 % . I can keep quoting . It took one man to go to Courts to get back our rank pay. They had quietly eaten it . Thosr respionsible just get away with such crimes. NO ONE IS ACCOUNATBLE .

        • Mr. Vyas ! if you are not an army man, if you have not lived even a single day the way the army men live for years in their life, you please keep your mouth shut and keep your ideas with you. You are comparing the army men with DRDO, IFs, and paramilitary forces because you have seen army actions only in television and movies. Your country’s prosperity will go to hell if the army does not ensure security to you from external & internal enemies as well as the natural calamities and funny activities such as rescue operations from bore well. Dont chellange the power of a fouji. Our politeness should not be taken as our weakness. Every one knows how strong the foujis are.

          • Hello Mr Bisth,
            As I have said I have highest regards for army and veterans. I wish to see a very strong indian army. I also wish that the just demands of veterans are met by government. Only thing is that I felt that government fulfilled OROP demand. If not, keep your agitation on.
            However, don’t underestimate others contribution. Please think from where government gets money. From where they will get money for OROP.
            Good luck, all the best.

          • Dear Mr Vyas
            The Goverment has led you to believe that they have granted OROP to the veterans which is not so. No one is undermining the contribution of others. However all others whom you has cited earlier retire at the age of 58 / 60. It’s only army where the jawans, JCOs and officers retire early when they are in the mid 30’s and 40’s . It is done to keep the army young and responsive to the call of the nation. That is why the last bastion of the the nation is called first in times of need even before you have exhausted all possible resources because the govt roposes that kind of faith in the army. I think we must give the soldier’s their due because if they resort to taking it by their means it will be a disaster for the nation. And believe today if one asks you whom do you trust more with your life? A politician or a soldier. I think the answer itself will clear all doubts.

          • Thanks.
            I wish Army and the veterans the very best in their life.
            Certainly want them to lead a very happy and dignified retired life.
            All the best.
            Jai Hind

          • Maheshkumar Vyas • 7 days ago

            OROP demand is met by the Government. Revision every five
            years is a fair proposal. Agree that army people put their lives to danger to
            protect country but they should not be too greedy. Revision every year will
            call for too much of admistrative work.

            WHAT RUBBISH YOU ARE TALKING
            MR.VYAS .” Revision every year will call for too much of admistrative
            work.”- ARE YOU IN COMPUTER AGE OR STILL LIVING IN STONE AGE WITH
            YOUR NDA GOVT ? YOU CAN ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS
            THAT IF THEY ARE NOT COMPUTER LITERATE OR FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE WITH SIMPLE
            ARITHMETIC ; PLEASE MAKE ONE CALL TO UFESM AND SPECIAL CLASSES CAN BE ARRANGED
            TO TRAIN THE NOT SO LITERATE ADM.STAFF
            WHO MIGHT BE HANDLING THIS DEPT.
            AND FOR GOD’S SAKE DON’T SHOW YOUR CLASS BY CALLING ARMY PEOPLE
            “GREEDY”. YOUR GENERAL KNOWLEDGE AND MENTAL ABILITY ARE FAR BELOW
            STANDARD TO ASSES THE HONESTY ,COURAGE ,INTELLIGENCE AND DEDICATED SELFLESS
            LOVE OF “ARMY PEOPLE” FOR THEIR MOTHERLAND . THEY MAKE THE NATION
            SECURE SO THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND MANY OTHER MEN WOMEN CHILDREN CAN SLEEP IN THE COMFORT OF A HOUSE WHILE
            THEY IN THEIR PRIME YOUTH , SPEND
            SLEEPLESS NIGHTS IN THE SNOW OR DESERT OR ROUGH CYCLONIC OCEAN , AT
            TIMES WITHOUT PROPER MEAL AND CLOTHES ,TO RECEIVE THE FIRST BULLET FROM YOUR
            ENEMIES ON THEIR CHESTS . WE DON’T AND WE WON’T EVEN REGRET A BIT FOR
            SACRIFICING OUR LIVES FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO CALL US GREEDY, OR THE SO CALLED
            NETAS WHO HAVE FAILED US AND HUMILIATED US
            AGAIN AND AGAIN – BECAUSE OUR LOVE & LOYALTY TO OUR MOTHER LAND IS TOO STRONG TO FORGIVE AND FORGET THE PETTY
            MINDEDNESS OF FEW OF HER SPOIL CHILDREN . ENJOY OUR HOSPITALITY FREE OF COST .
            AFTER ALL YOU ARE DEPENDENT ON US NOT THE OTHER WAY . MAY BE WE SHOULD FEEL
            PITY ON YOU .

    • Dear Mr Vyas,
      I hope you know banks are working out intt on daily basis. What are the administrative problems in working out annual pension which was being done before 3 CPC ( Central Pay Commission).
      You also mean to say that in future we should never trust Parliamentarians as OROP APPROVED BY Two PARLIAMENTS is Baseless.
      Mr Parikar Ji has no locus standii in front of Mr Jaitley. A project submitted by MoD is being dictated by Min of Finance who’s responsibility is to find funds. If he can’t the PM has to take a call to direct FM. BABUS ARE misleading PM and FM. Injustice to ESM would result in a very heavy price to our Country. God save the NATION if moral of services get affected. It is definitely going to be affected as today’s soldier is tomorrow’s Veteran.

      • I think now the time has come for ex foujis to deal these politicians, babus and all other anti foujis, in the fouji style. Thats the way the understand. We are committed to ensure safety and security of our nation but if it comes the moral of our foujis, every action will be valid and fair. May be this over ambitious government is waiting to see some thing which India has never seen.

  11. What a shame. I am happy i dint vote for this ‘ lying jumla govt’ . i would like to ask the
    Bhakths’ what they think about this. Jaitley’s admission is shocking and disgraceful. BJP should loose in Bihar . People of India should take a collective decision. until the central govt. fulfill all promises they will not be voted to win in the state elections. winning state elections will make them more arrogant and will bring the country to disaster.

  12. Mr Mayur

    Please try to see the real problems of Indian Armed Forces then blame. As I understood that In India the Bureaucrat Lobbies are playing foul game and be fooling entire Ex Serviceman/Serving Personnel and their families of Indian Armed Forces since Independence as only Bureaucrat want maximum benefits from Government with the help of misguiding and misleading entire Ministers and Politicians . I also understood that in India the Bureaucrats are CURSED FOR THE NATION AND SOCIETY as they are following Britishers rules till date. Please ensure that if you are a Bureaucrat then help of a actual Heroes of Nation and not demoralised their image in front of other Country also not to decline their efficiency by means of harassing them

    • My dear sir,my grandfather was in Army.He was a subhedar.He passed away last year.I guess I dont have to say anything more.
      As I said,the people they were negotiating with are hardened criminals.They are laaton ke bhoot.

  13. One thing I forget to write that Mr Arun Jaitley is Curse for NDA Government . He may ruin the Government within a short period
    h

      • You talk pretty BIG like khujleewaal..disrespectfully..hence doubts on your sincelety…and agenda….As you say the soldiers are terminated when in their thirtees so why not train for some other professions like it is done in other countries…Do you expect to sit home collecting and living off pensions for the rest of your life ? Really shameful…

  14. What Gen Satbir Singh of
    Ex Servicemen Organization said that they do not allow leaders of
    Political party to use their mike to gain political mileage? But it is
    not true, these senior appointment holders before the Lok
    Sabha elections got a BJP’s, planed and arranged party rally at Rewari
    Haryana rename as Ex Servicemen
    rally. There these Ex Servicemen
    Organization Senior leaders including Gen V K Singh who is now a minister in
    this times Modi Government (Abki bar ki Modi Sarakr) were present. These senior
    in that Ex Servicemen Rally allowed some senior BJP leaders of Harayana and Narender
    Modi to use their mike to garner vote bank appealed to vote on the name of Narender
    Modi vote for BJP candidates. JAI SHRI KRISHNA.

  15. Sir,

    Mr Arun Jaitley, the Curse for NDA Government is playing bad game on Government Employees Pay and Perks hence this culprit is interfering in Seventh pay Commission Reports regularly in the name of fiscal deficit or inflation what ever may be. he is not fit for any Minister as he has been rejected by Public at Amritsar but through back door he has become Finance Minister for ruin the Nation and NDA Government

  16. Trust deficit created by the govt is now spreading in various sections of public the results in Bihar will show that all four wings including media a can be bought god save this country

  17. Dear Mr. Pangaal, please do not criticize the mentality of defense personnel. You are less informed about the defense people. Believe, had at least 20-25% of people from civil and bureaucrats with this fauji mentality, by now India should have been a super power. Super power not merely by militarily but also economically,scientifically and geographically. People of what mentality are being elected again and again in this country? Do you appreciate the mentality of people who are selfish in the pursuit of enhancement of their own salary and pension? What trouble are the taking for this kind of increments? Introspect sir. Please honour the FAUJI mentality which stands guard to all of you to achieve your goals as per their own mentalty.

    • We should compare how other countries presently treat their veterans and you will find yourselves very blessed….question always crops up Why after Modi came to power Why didn’t you all did all these complaining during congi time ? This puts doubts on your sincerety & directs to some agenda….

  18. Feku-gappu-hawabaaz-jumlebaaz Modi has truly stabbed the soldiers in their back after promising, not once but three times that “Satta-mein-aane-ke-turant-baad-fauzi-bhaion-ko-OROP-sanction-kar-doonga.”

  19. If the election promises are not meant to be implemented, then why promise ? Is it to cheat Public.
    Actually Election Commission should be requested to make a rule to consider such departures as offence.

  20. This is their inculcated character. They can do anything wrong to create favorable situation by deceit, cheating and deception to meet their selfish insatiable greed for power and what not. JAI SHRI KRISHNA.

  21. The other name of #modi led #BJP government is #JUMLA sarkar !!!

    Remember, the Kala Dhan Mudda …
    https://youtu.be/UOa04NN1M_Q

    Modi, the mentor of this #Jetli, the #DDCA scam accused, have gone one step farther as the biggest Treachery to betray our Jawans, scuffling with our veteran soldiers to mark 15th August 2015 as a “Black Independence Day” !!!

    Listen how BRUTAL this NaMo government can be ….

    https://www.facebook.com/dilipkpandey/videos/1011401122268256/

    Is it not enough of this #modiGovernment ???

    A #Coward #Psychopath #modi and “its” #Impostor #BJPgovernment !!!

    “This is nothing but vendetta against us.However, we will continue our fight for OROP,” Kaul said. Sharma’s daughter Nisha is upset that her father was picked up late at night and forcibly taken to the police station “like a criminal”. “I fail to understand what the need was to arrest him when previously the complaint has been rejected,” she has said.

    https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=10&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwig-8mPnL7LAhXKcI4KHT7ACyYQFghHMAk&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scoopwhoop.com%2FPolice-Arrest%2F&usg=AFQjCNFOsCXcWZitZ7hD5YWImg57uy0nWQ&sig2=YvwUxNNyZCkDB4kfz2yEnA

    Iske bad jo khoon na khola, WO khoon nahi hai paani hai >>>

  22. What ever maybe the reason,Major sir your demands are almost fulfilled which was pending inUPA government.You must feel happy about it.The other demands may be met with afterwards don’t get nervous.

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