When at Jantar Mantar, the prominent thing one sees is the OROP protest going on—a united approach by ex-servicemen of the country to gain their “rights.” What might escape the eye or may stay ignored is the presence of two separate camps for the same OROP protest.
The camp making news is the one which is led by Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh. The less-known camp is of those who claim that they have been sidelined by their fellow colleagues in the pension dilemma.
Ex-serviceman Naik Avtar Singh said: “They have in a way sidelined us. Our pension amount is less. Why so, when we fought on same borders? This has led to a separate camp.”
Saabka Sainik Sangarash Committee (TarnTaran), as the separate and smaller camp names self, has claimed that there is a consistent human rights violation of the widows of soldiers.
According to them “the pension of the widows of officers has been increased again and again, but the pensions of the soldiers’ widows remain the same.”
If the increase in the pensions was kept equally proportionate then accordingly the pension of the officer’s widow will be Rs. 15758.40/ month and the pension of the soldier’s widow would be Rs. 9380/month.
There is also a difference between the disability pension given to a soldier and an officer—it is not given on the basis of disability but on the basis of rank.
Consequently, the apathy and disagreements has brought the fracture between two camps to fore.
As the Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, 83.5 per cent people from various states “trust in government” in handling the crisis.
The findings came out in the IANS-CVoter exclusive tracker on COVID-19 Wave 2 survey conducted during last seven days among 18 plus adults nationwide. The findings and projections are based on Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).
Replying to a question “I think Indian government is handling the coronavirus well”, 83.5 per cent people agreed that they trust in government’s steps being taken in fight against the deadly disease, and 9.4 per cent expressed their disagreement. The survey was conducted on March 26 and 27. Of the 83.5 per cent who showed their trust in government, 66.4 per cent strongly agree with the opinion and 17.1 agree with the view.
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A similar survey on the same question done on March 17 and 18 showed that 83.6 per cent people expressed their trust in government in fight against the pandemic which so far has claimed 29 lives and over 1,000 conformed cases. A total of 13.7 per cent people expressed their disagreement.
As per the tracker, the data is weighted to the known demographic profile of the states. Sometimes the table figures do not sum to 100 due to the effects of rounding, it says. “Our final data file has socio-economic profile within plus 1 per cent of the demographic profile of the state. We believe this will give the closest possible trends.”
The Tracking Pol fieldwork covers random probability samples during the last seven days from the release date and that the sample spread is across all assembly segments across all states. This survey covers all states in India and was conducted in 10 languages as part of our routine OmniBus, it says.
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“This is a thorough random probability sample; and we are ensuring a proper representative analysis by statistical weighing of the data to make it representative of the local population as per the latest census and or other available demographic benchmarks.”
The data clarified that it strictly follows the WAPOR code of conduct (World Association of Public Opinion Research) for our ethical and transparent scientific practices and have incorporated the PCI (Press Council of India ) guidelines as our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). (IANS)