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Respecting Our Ex-Servicemen
Delhi is home to a large number of ex-servicemen and women from the Armed Forces. AAP will stand by the nation’s ex-servicemen in their fight for “One Rank, One Pension”. We will ensure the existing quota in government jobs for ex-servicemen is filled up.
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Hours after reports about the suicide of former serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal came to light on Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in an emotional video message, said that the Narendra Modi government had deceived the soldiers of the nation. "It is very sad that on Tuesday evening, a former soldier of our country Ram Kishanji committed suicide over the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme," Kejriwal said. "In the letter that Ram Kishanji wrote before committing suicide, he had asked the country's Defence Minister to implement OROP. He had also written that he was committing suicide for his nation and for the soldiers," he further said. Arvind Kejriwal said PM Modi was lying to the nation. Screenshot from YouTube videoArvind Kejriwal said PM Modi was lying to the nation. Screenshot from YouTube video Grewal, the former jawan from Bhiwani district in Haryana who committed suicide, had left a note which stated that he was taking this extreme step for the Indian soldiers. CNN-News18 further reported that Grewal's family has blamed the Centre for the former jawan's suicide. Grewal had also written to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over the issue. "It is very sad that for the last one and half years, the former servicemen of our country have been sitting on dharnas for implementation of OROP, but it has not been done so far," Kejriwal said. "This means that when the Prime Minister talks about how the OROP has been implemented, he is lying. The Prime Minister is lying to the whole nation about implementing OROP. If OROP had been implemented, why would Ram Kishanji commit suicide?" he added. "I don't think the kind of deception that the BJP government has engaged in with the soldiers has ever taken place before. First off, they have not implemented OROP, because of which Ram Kishanji had to commit suicide. Secondly, after the surgical strikes, the government should have rewarded the Indian Army. But instead of rewarding the soldiers, the government ordered a huge cut in the disability pension of the personnel of the Indian Army. We should have raised the disability pension instead," said the Delhi CM. "A few days later, the government also downgraded the ranks of the soldiers. So, you did not implement OROP, reduced their disability pension and downgraded their ranks. This is such a great deception for the Indian soldiers," he said. "And then you are going around places saying, 'We made surgical strikes happen, give us votes.' The army is being misused politically by the government," he added. "The Delhi government has made a policy that the government will give Rs 1 crore as compensation to the family of a martyred soldier who was from Delhi," Kejriwal said. "I had written a letter to the Prime Minister, asking the Centre to adopt the same policy. As many as 19 soldiers were martyred in Uri. Why could we not give Rs 1 crore to each of their families? The central government does not become poor if it donates Rs 19 crore. This would have sent a message to the soldiers that the government is concerned about them. But even this suggestion was ignored," he said. "Ram Kishanji, who was martyed, had won Rashtrapati Award twice. He had also got the Chief of Army Staff Award. He was a very good soldier who had worked tirelessly for 30 years. His martyrdom should not go to waste. We need to now fight for the cause he gave his life for," Kejriwal said. "Because a country in which soldiers and farmers start committing suicide has no future," he added. "Today, I ask the central government to completely implement OROP as it is. Secondly, the government should raise the disability pension instead of reducing it. Thirdly, the army ranks which were downgraded should be brought back to the original level. Fourthly, a compensation of Rs 1 crore should be given to each of the families of the soldiers martyred in Uri. And this should be a general policy of compensation," the Delhi CM said. "And finally, the politics over surgical strikes should be stopped." Kejriwal had also criticised the central government earlier on Wednesday after Grewal's suicide.

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CHIEF MINISTER SHRI ARVIND KEJRIWAL FELICITATES 190 FREEDOM FIGHTERS INCLUDING FAMILY MEMBERS OF MARTYRS ON THE OCCASION OF CELEBRATION OF 110TH BIRTHDAY OF SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH IN THE FORM OF “SHAHEED UTSAV” BY DELHI GOVERNMENT CHIEF MINISTER, SHRI KEJRIWAL APPEALS PRIME MINISTER, SHRI NARENDRA MODI TO GIVE RUPEES ONE CRORE RELIEF TO EACH MARTYR OF URI ATTACK CHIEF MINISTER LED THE AUDIENCE TO OBSERVED TWO MINUTES SILENCE IN THE MEMORY OF 18 MARTYRS OF URI INCIDENT SHRI KEJRIWAL ANNOUNCES FOR SETTING UP THE FOUNDATION AFTER THE NAME OF SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH Date: 27.09.2016 Chief Minister Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal today appealed Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to give Rupees One Crore to the next kin of each martyr of Uri attack. Shri Kejriwal was speaking on the occasion of celebration of 110th Birthday of Shaheed Bagat Singh in the form of “SHAHEED UTSAV” organized by Delhi Government, at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital today. The Chief Minister also led the audience in keeping two minutes silence in the memory of 18 martyrs who sacrificed their lives during Uri attack. Remembering the Supreme Sacrifice of Bhagat Singh for the cause of the mother land, Shri Kejriwal announced for setting up of ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh foundation’ by Delhi Govt. to perpetuate the memory of the great martyr. Earlier to this the Chief Minister also launched a web portal shaheedkosh.delhi.gov.in developed by Delhi Govt. to prepare a database of freedom fighters and martyrs from all over the country. Shri Kejriwal felicitated 190 freedom fighters and family members of the martyrs from the states of Madhaya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Tamilnadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Mijoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Goa, Punjab & Uttarakhand. At the start he felicitated the family members and grandson of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and family members of Sukhdev. Later on Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia and Labour Minister, Shri Gopal Rai felicitated the freedom fighters and family members of the martyrs. Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia was the Guest of honour, while Minister of Labour, Shri Gopal Rai presided over the function. The Cultural Programmes – “Mera Rang De Basanti Chola”, Light music/dance on patriotic theme and music by Astitva band apart from performance by Harbhajan Singh Maan also marked the occasion. Minister Shri Kapil Mishra, Dy. Speaker, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, HODs and Heads of Autonomous Bodies and Corporations also graced the occasion. Govt. of Delhi has a dedicated cell to serve the freedom fighters and their families. At present we are taking care of 40 freedom fighters, 193 widows of freedom fighters and 14 unmarried dependent daughters. All of them are being paid a monthly pension and has access to medical facilities from any hospital without any limit. During the financial year 2014-15 this Govt. disbursed about Rs. 2.36 Crore as pension and about Rs. 88 Lakh as medical reimbursement.

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he Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting on Wednesday chaired by the Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal took the following decision : Delhi Fire Service personnel will now be covered in the existing policy of providing Rs one crore compensation to the families of those personnel of uniformed services losing their lives in performing dangerous duties in the national capital.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi ridiculing him over his package for poll-bound Bihar, and said he should instead implement the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme for the ex-servicemen. ocking Modi's Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for Bihar, Kejriwal said that he had made a number of such promises in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, which are yet to be fulfilled and claimed that people who had voted for Modi in huge number are now "disenchanted" with the BJP leader. "The way he was saying Rs 50,000 crore, Rs 60,000 crore...Was he there to sell Bihar? Was he trying to buy votes of people of Bihar? If you have that much money, go to Jantar Mantar and implement 'One Rank One Pension'. But the intention is not to give but to buy votes. Slowly the trust is going down considering people had high hopes from him. "Hopes of youth have been shattered. A reputed institute like FTII has been destroyed. IIT's and the education sector is being toyed with. Media has been sent notices," Kejriwal alleged. The chief minister also mocked Modi's pre-poll promise of bringing back blackmoney stashed abroad, saying people were now being made to do Yoga. "You should have said this while campaigning, then we could see how many votes you could garner." Kejriwal equated Modi's DNA barbs at Bihar Chief Minister Nithish Kumar, with him being called a 'naxalite' in the run-up to the Delhi Assembly polls and BJP advertisements over his 'gotra', saying a "Delhi pattern" was playing out in Bihar. "I was sad to hear the Prime Minister say that the DNA of Bihar is bad. Some months back, the Prime Minister had called me a naxal. People of the country have rejected the politics of innuendo. To say that the DNA of people of Bihar is bad is wrong politics. "During Delhi polls, they had said that the gotra of Kejriwal is problematic. This was followed by the entire Agrawal community, which otherwise votes for the BJP, turning against Bihar. Many a time you do not need to do anything. They are themselves to work for their defeat. Like the incidents, which had happened during Delhi polls, similar things are happening in Bihar as well," Kejriwal said. He also painted a contrasting picture of Modi against Kumar, saying the PM "weakened" the AAP government's fight against corruption by forcefully taking over the ACB, sending paramilitary forces, while Kumar "strengthened" it by sending personnel from Bihar. "The ACB is under Delhi government for the last 23 years. But after formation of AAP government, the Prime Minister sent paramilitary forces on June 8 and captured the ACB. Since then ACB is not under the Delhi government," Kejriwal claimed. The event, 'Bihar Samman Samaroh', where Kejriwal and Nitish shared the dais, was jointly organised by the Delhi government's Cultural Affairs Department and Maithili-Bhojpuri Akademi, an autonomous government organisation, to award achievers from the Poorvanchali community in the capital. Eleven AAP MLAs hailing from that region and persons from different walks of life, who have significantly contributed in the fields such as literature, health and education, were felicitated on the occasion that saw a large presence of migrant community from Bihar. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Law and Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra, JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi, AAP MLA Somnath Bharti were also present on the dais. "We had got inspiration from Nitishji's style of working. We are making efforts to work in Delhi with the same momentum," Sisodia said, recalling that Kumar had got an RTI call centre functioning within one month of being told about it by him and Kejriwal, unlike other chief ministers. Reacting to Kejriwal sharing stage with Kumar, Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay alleged, the "true political colour" of Delhi CM was out before the people through his support for "opportunist Nitish and corrupt Lalu alliance."

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CABINET APPROVES RS ONE CRORE COMPENSATION POLICY FOR THE FAMILIES OF UNIFORMED FORCES PERSONNEL KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY New Delhi: 01/04/2015 A meeting of the Delhi cabinet chaired by the Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday approved the policy to provide Rs one crore compensation to the families of personnel of uniformed services losing their lives in performing dangerous duties in the national capital. The implementation of this decision is the fulfillment of an election promise by the government. The cabinet approval will make the families of personnel of Delhi Police, armed forces, paramilitary forces and other uniformed forces losing their lives in the line of duty, eligible for the compensation. Announcing the decision, deputy chief minister Mr Manish Sisodia said the compensation policy will also cover the families of uniformed personnel killed on duty outside Delhi, but whose families reside in the national capital. The cabinet decision makes Delhi the state awarding highest compensation to the families of uniformed personnel who lose their lives while performing dangerous duties to safeguard the lives and properties of citizens. Arvind Kejriwal government had initiated this compensation scheme during its previous tenure in January 2014, but it was not uniformly followed following the exit of the government.

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