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A brief profile of Veterans For Democracy. Objectives and demand

A brief profile of Veterans For Democracy. Objectives and demand

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  • 1. Indian Veterans for Democracy (IVD) ( A Political Front of Retired Military Soldiers) Political Prayer of Veterans for Democracy If, one has faced death, he understands how precious the life is If, one has faced war, he understands the real value of peace If, one has fought to prevent injustice, he understands what the justice means If, one has experienced extreme anger, he understands the true meaning of love If, one has seen destructions and devastations, he understands the real meaning of growth, development and prosperity If, one has carried the honours of uniform silently, he understands the real meaning of freedom of speech If, one has lived by his commitments to the nation, he understands the oneness of people irrespective of their caste, creed, gender and religion If, one has stood by freedom risking his blood, he understands the true value of democracy. Democracy is too dear to the veterans to be ignored We have served democratic India with our blood, now we will live for democracy Veterans have a political stake in the democracy and will exert and exercise it JAI HINDJoin the movement. Join the group at Facebook by clicking our linkhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/324567280915715/ We have served democratic India with our blood, now we will live for democracy Veterans have a political stake in the democracy and will exert and exercise it
  • 2. Indian Veterans for Democracy (IVD) ( A Political Front of Retired Military Soldiers) Indian Veterans For Democracy (IVD)BackgroundIndian Veterans for Democracy (IVD) is a political platform for a large number of retired Military Veterans(officers including SS and woman officers, JCOs and ORs and equivalent ranks in other services), their families,supporters, sympathisers and various organisations to create awareness, express, demand and participate inthe process of democracy to further strengthen it.CommitmentIVD is not affiliated to or front organisation of any political party or political believes. IVD is fully committed tothe principles of ‘democracy by the people for the people’ and the spirit of ‘we the people’ as given in ourconstitution.MissionIVD is working towards integrating all stake holders through this political platform to become a meaningfulforce to uphold the values of democracy and create a voice in its support.IVD is working with an agenda to integrate and meaningfully mobilise large number of voters among retiredmilitary veterans, their families, supporters, sympathisers and various organisations for nation building in ademocratic and peaceful manner.ObjectivesIVD will work with the objectives of strengthening the democracy by active participation in the nation buildingprocess within the framework of our constitution and democratic value. IVD believes that: 1. Political corruption, economic disparities among various sections of society, backwardness of various regions, divisive political games, fatigued governing; justice and administrative system, poor foreign, defence and security management policies and unsettled boarders are the biggest security threats for the nation and proactive and immediate measures are needed to address them. We have served democratic India with our blood, now we will live for democracy Veterans have a political stake in the democracy and will exert and exercise it
  • 3. Indian Veterans for Democracy (IVD) ( A Political Front of Retired Military Soldiers) 2. It is the utmost responsibility of democratically elected government to work with fair judgment and without any discrimination, abiding by the directive principles of governance as given in our constitution, to be a welfare and institutionalised state based on the principles of equal opportunities, assured fundamental rights, freedom of expression, protection of human rights, social justice, brotherhood, tolerance, and secularism (state to encourage dialogue and interactions among all religions and support inter-religious harmony without any discrimination) for India to emerge as a secure, peaceful and prosperous nation. 3. India with her size, location and all resources at her possession and disposal has the potential to play a positive and leading role in world affairs and deserves a place to actively work for strengthening the UN, conflict management through dialogue and assertive persuasion/ outlook, global peace, fair trade and global business practices, human rights and environment protections based on the principle of equality of nations and mutual respect. 4. Large pool of talent among retired veterans (including short service commissioned officers) must be utilised by the state for nation building efforts by having a structured policies and provisions to re- settle them respectfully corresponding to their experience and position, in govt administration, public sector, business and corporates and ensure their welfare. The infusion of military work culture, operation concept and technology after due adaptation cycle in govt, civil and corporate environment is a proven methodology to strengthen the character of a society.StrentghRetired military veterans with their character, values, ethos, talent, skills, size and spread along with theirfamilies, supporters, sympathisers and various related organisations can create a strong political voice forstrengthening the democracy and extend support for achievements of objectives given as above.Action PlanIVD proposes to build a political movement progressively by uniting concerned people, stake holders, andorganisations through this platform by directly be part of it or have association or by supporting orsympathising with it.The action plan will be implemented in following stages 1. Stage 1. Awareness. IVD plans to progressively spread awareness among all stake holders about the existence of this platform, its utility, issues and demands to prepare a base by mid-2013. A core team of convenors will manage the stage. 2. Stage 2. Laying the base. Well before parliamentary elections in 2014 IVD wishes to consolidate and form basic organisation structure. 3. Stage 3. Strategic entry into political decision cycle. IVD will than attempt to make a strategic entry into the political decision cycle from helping the political parties to include our demands to assisting governments and parliament in implementing the same. We have served democratic India with our blood, now we will live for democracy Veterans have a political stake in the democracy and will exert and exercise it
  • 4. Indian Veterans for Democracy (IVD) ( A Political Front of Retired Military Soldiers)MethodolagyIVD plans to remain in constant dialogue and interaction with military veterans, govt, various political partiesand stake holders through all mediums using democratic tools to create awareness, educate and assistauthorities and institutions to achieve its objectives in peaceful and democratic manner.IVD will create awareness to garner support among various political parties on the issues related to nationbuilding and military veterans. IVD will also impress upon various political parties to nominate candidates frommilitary veterans and others who have proven track records and qualifications in various elections. Allnecessary inputs and assistance shall be provided to all political parties to draft their elections manifests onthe relevant issues.IVD will join hands with other organisations to mobilise support of MPs and MLAs to assist govt in passingrelevant laws which support achievement of objectives of IVD as stated above.IVD will endeavour to create awareness and educate voters among military veterans to vote for politicalparties who are willing to work for their cause of nation building.IVD in long term wishes to create a nationwide organisational network to help, assist and guide militaryveterans and also form bodies at district and block levels to help them resolve their problems with district andblock administrations and also to mobilise them in case of need.Military Veterans need to realise their potential to work together for the cause. Let us mobilise ourselves andhelp our society in nation building.Military related specific demands are attached as annexure Please Rise, Join Hands and Contribute in Nation Building We have served democratic India with our blood, now we will live for democracy JAI HINDJoin the movement. Join the group at Facebook by clicking our linkhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/324567280915715/ We have served democratic India with our blood, now we will live for democracy Veterans have a political stake in the democracy and will exert and exercise it
  • 5. Indian Veterans for Democracy (IVD) ( A Political Front of Retired Military Soldiers) Annexure Demands for Resettlement and welfare of Veterans and War WidowsConstitutional Reforms1. Carry out constitutional amendments to clearly include the Resettlement and Welfare of Military Veterans in the concurrent list. Presently our constitution is silent on it. The subject is not even mentioned in any of the list of VII schedule making it a part of the govt’s responsibility. The passing of such acts and rules will make it an obligatory constitutional responsibility of the state to ensure resettlement and job security to all ranks of veterans, war widows and depends.2. Bring required provisions for management of war and peace and all other related subjects. Presently there are no such provisions in our constitution. These subjects are only mentioned in the first list of attached VII schedule of the constitution. In our parliamentary form of democracy, parliament must have some say or control on matters of management of war and defence of India.Legal Reforms3. Accordingly pass military veteran resettlement and welfare act and rules (on similar lines as USA, UK and other countries) and implement it at centre and state levels to ensure job and settlement assurance to all ex-servicemen, disabled and homeless soldiers, war widows and dependents. Include provisions for considering military persons at par with central and state employee for giving jobs to their dependents in case of deaths. Such acts and rules are there in all democracies of the world.4. Amend Govt Business Rules accordingly and bring the subject under Ministry of Human Resources Development. Place DGR under Ministry of HRD with concurrent relationship with Minster of Corporate Affairs as MOD is not capable enough to plan and implement such schemes effectively.5. Create national and state commissions for military veterans on the lines of Minority or SC/ST commission at centre and states both.6. Promulgate Short Services Commissioned and Woman Officers Acts and Rules. The same shall include their resettlement and welfare provisions.7. In terms of Articles 309-313 of the constitution, promulgate All India Defence Services Acts and Rules on the lines of All India Services Acts and Rules. Presently these provisions are in form of regulation (DSR) which have been issued by the ministry of Defence and leave lots of scope of misinterpretation causing sufferings. Such sensitive issues needs to be put in form of Acts and Rules in terms of Article 312 and 313 of our constitution with proper parliament sanctions. We have served democratic India with our blood, now we will live for democracy Veterans have a political stake in the democracy and will exert and exercise it
  • 6. Indian Veterans for Democracy (IVD) ( A Political Front of Retired Military Soldiers)Administrative Reforms8. Give job security to all willing serving Officers (regular and short service), JCOs and soldiers from all three services who retire before 60 years of age, by assured lateral entry into All India Services, Central Services, centreal and state govt services, railways, ordinance factories and PSUs on in according to their length of service (equating with length of service of all civil jobs) and position.9. Bring a separate pay commission for armed forces and also give pension based on the principle of “One Rank One Pension”.10. Provide incentives to PSUs and corporates to encourage them to give employment to military veterans. Certain appointments in certain sensitive areas like telcom, transport, highways and defence industries by law to be occupied by ex-defence staff.11. Provide incentives in Govt contracts to corporates who have formed consortiums and JVs with military owned private companies.12. Provide suitable relaxations (in terms of BG, EMDs, experience and size of company) for company owned by military veterans to help them bid in govt tenders.13. Make suitable amendments in company laws to encourage companies to have military veterans as independent directors.14. Provide invectives to military veterans owned companies in Govt procurement policies.15. Provide sufficient loans on marginal interests with relaxed security and repayment terms for military veterans to start business. Suitable incubators be created to help veteran in starting the business. All military held venture be IT free for first 7 years from the start of the date of the project or 12 years from the date of retirements.16. Create veterans homes all across country for those who are left alone and helpless.17 Create strong education training support system in India and abroad (may be credit base as in US army) for serving officers and soldiers. All military training and education be given due education recognition (Post Graduate. Graduate, Diploma/ certificate)Join the movement. Join the group at Facebook by clicking our linkhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/324567280915715/ We have served democratic India with our blood, now we will live for democracy Veterans have a political stake in the democracy and will exert and exercise it