There are indications in place that the govt is soon going to announce the much needed respite to pre-2006 pensioners by announcing a system incorporating ‘parity in pensions’. While this may not be at par with OROP, still it would definitely bridge the gap between pre and post 2006 pensioners. In all probability, the new system would be incorporated only for personnel other than Commissioned Officers. Officers may have a formula different than PBOR. The exact modalities would be available for all to see once the recommendations are presented to the govt by the committee(s) set up for the purpose, which incidentally would be weeks and not months.
Now for the second unrelated post. The latest edition of ‘Salute’ magazine carries some insightful stories on the Sappers. Amongst others, there is an interview with the Engineer-in-Chief, Lt Gen Gautam Dutt, VSM, the sports and battle achievements of the Corps of Engineers and the contribution of the Corps towards disaster management. For the uninitiated, ‘Salute to the Soldier’ is a privately published magazine and a brain-child of Maj Maroof Raza. It is the first non-governmental military publication of its kind which refreshingly deals with social aspects of service life and other military issues.
Coming back to the Sapper special issue of ‘Salute’. Those who know Gen Dutt would agree that the Sappers could not have had a better bet. Being a Bengal Sapper’s son, I cannot overtly wax eloquent about him lest people suggest that I’m biased, but the thinking General (no this is not an oxymoron) is going to leave a legacy that would be pretty tough to carry on. Known to be approachable, democratic, amiable and open to new ideas, he is not your regular 3-Star General but more like a friendly elder whose advice one can count on. The Corps of Engineers Special also has separate articles on all three Sappers (Madras / Bengal / Bombay), the BRO, MES and some other interesting tidbits. The magazine can be subscribed through Flags Media, J-7 / 21 A, DLF Phase-II, Gurgaon-122002 (Haryana) and the web edition can be accessed through http://www.salute.co.in/