Here’s What Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Thinks Is A Matter Of Concern

Concerned over the existing state of relations between the civilian bureaucracy and the armed forces, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said his “biggest worry is that discipline gets compromised when non-official channels are used to air serious issues”. He said and I quote: I feel pained when social media is used to express concerns, without reaching out to us directly. Our government is sensitive to the cause of our soldiers. The anomalies will be rectified and the forces will get their due. He further added that there are appropriate forums to discuss and resolve serious issues, but social media and other non-conventional platforms are not one among them. On the suicide of retired Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal over the One Rank One Pension issue, Parrikar told The Indian Express that he was “saddened by the incident” but it should not be politicised. He said the issue of pending OROP payments to one lakh ex-servicemen will be resolved within the next two months.

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    Atis Mitra
    Nov 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm
    He is our war minister, warring on everything
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      Arvind
      Nov 6, 2016 at 1:21 pm
      Mr. Parrikar: You speak on behalf of your traitor GOI IAS Babu. OROP NOT GIVEN, lied about rank parity with civilians. Cheated on paper. reduction of pay and allowance and disability pension while giving more to IAS officers who normally die of old age sitting on post retirement jobs. The Armed Forces do not have unlimited patience. A silent service must have political spokesmen. But you speak on behalf corrupt, traitorous, illigetimate, colonial bureaucracy a extortionist organization created by the British created to cheat your country. They continue unchecked, and remain unaccountable in our election ONLY democracy. You yourself have no power over the Defense Secretary and "officially" do not have the command of the armed forces. You report to the Defense Secretary not vice versa. You are fighting the symptoms of a british created system you and your PM cannot change the system just as you cannot deal with your external enemies. Buying stuff from abroad is useless if you dont have the will power, expertise to use it and are guided by incompetent and cowardly bureaucrats.
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        OP BHATI,
        Nov 4, 2016 at 11:08 am
        We are Grateful to Defence Minister. Can one called this stricture OROP ? When a Rank is not a criteria but the length of service.why IPS /IAS fixed pension on higher pay bend and all remain at similar pension ?why not for defence?10 Subedar get 10 different pension because service length differ and you say OROP??Sorry its not.
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          Tara Chhetri
          Nov 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm
          Parrikkarji must be an honest Minister, but his knowledge of human psychology seems missing.Majority of officers joining defence forces already have impeccable moral character, natural liking for discipline and orderly lifestyle. Discilpline is not the problem as mentioned by our Defence Minister but it is morale. If morale of the Armed Forces go on taking hits after hits, it will lose respect for the authority above them. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;“A country makes a sacred contract with its soldiers. A country that refuses to respect this contract with its armed forces will eventually end up getting forces that will not respect the nation (government).”--KAUTILYAlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And Govt has failed to respect that contract. But there is still time to amend---honestly-----
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            Anand
            Nov 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm
            Mr. Parikar, Please stop shedding crocodile tears over the sad suicide of a highly regarded soldier a useful member of society. I am a veteran. I am seeing first hand democracy in action in a free country. Let opposition and media do their job. If you and your boss were so concerned , you would have been sitting at Jantar Mantar discussing problems of veterans with them. Veterans expect the prime minister to have the grace and go back to Rewari along with the EX General ( the loyal politician )once again and address veterans and tell them : I am sorry I am unable to fulfill my commitment in full.
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              anonymous
              Nov 6, 2016 at 3:31 am
              Parrikar is new to Democracy and understands a little about its extensive parameters, especially with regard to media. Media is the backbone of Democracy and is conferred limitless liberty to air facts in a way it deems fit. Govt has no jurisdiction over the media in a Democratic Set up, zero authority as to penalties. If the Govt considers any article or video not appropriate, it can issue clarity or state what actuality is according to it but not penalities.. It is highly wrong and condemn able what the Govt has done to the NDTV. There is one and only one area that Govt can take action is: in the event of Subversive or Sedicious Publication or Video which only a court should conclude and levy punishment as per the law.
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