MY SELF-RESPECT HAS RETURNED Rs 95,000 REWARD TO INDIAN PRIME MINISTER IN PROTEST AGAINST INJUSTICE TO ME...!
Shri Manmohan Singh,
Prime Minister of India,
PMO, South Block,
Dear Manmohan Singh,
TO RETAIN MY SELF-RESPECT AND HONOUR AND INSPIRED BY NELSON MANDELA NOT TO BOW BEFORE INJUSTICE, Vide enclosed cheque, I am returning to your government today the reward of Rupees 95,000/- given to me as a punishment by your Customs department in the year 2008 for the BOLD DARING SINGLE HANDED SILVER SEIZURE WORTH Rs. 2.5 Crore [PRESENT VALUE Rs 15-16 Crore] effected by me in Jan, 1991 UNDER MOST ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCES WITH GRAVE RISK TO MY LIFE AT SAWANI-ANJARLE. THIS I AM DOING IN PROTEST AGAINST THE INJUSTICE DONE TO ME BY YOUR GOVERNMENT BY IGNORING MY KEY ROLE IN THE SEIZURE AND GIVING ME WRONGLY LESS REWARD THAN THE SEPOY WHO HAD ASSISTED ME IN THE SEIZURE.
YOU MAY CONSIDER FOLLOWING POINTS:
1] Customs department intentionally delayed sanctioning reward to me till the year 2006 on numerous artificially created pretexts.
2] Around the time I quit customs job as Inspector, I WAS TOLD VERBALLY BY CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER MAJUMDER THAT I HAD BEEN RECOMMENDED Rs.48,000 and the sepoy had been recommended Rs 40,000 as reward as per our roles. CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER MAJUMDER told me that he was trying to get me more than Rs. 50,000 as reward for which a higher committee would have to be constituted and hence the delay in reward disbursal. The inordinate delay forced me to write an angry letter to CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER MAJUMDER requesting him to get me reward quickly. Having realized that I should not have written angry letter, I had IMMEDIATELY RENDERED MY UNCONDITIONAL WRITTEN APOLOGY TO CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER MAJUMDER. CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER MAJUMDER didn’t forgive me for my angry letter and took revenge by having ensured that my KEY ROLE was ignored by the higher committee in the year 2006 and I was given less reward than the constable, thereby TRYING TO HURT MY SELF-RESPECT ETERNALLY. I REQUESTED CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT TO RECONSIDER THE REWARD DISBURSAL AND GET ME JUSTICE BY GETTING ME CORRECTLY HIGHEST REWARD. BUT, THEY IGNORED. THEN, IN 2008, I ACCEPTED LESSER REWARD OF Rs. 95,000 ‘UNDER PROTEST’. I HAVE SINCE THEN MADE NUMEROUS WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS TO CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT TO GET ME JUSTICE, BUT THEY HAVE WILFULLY CHOSEN NOT TO GET ME JUSTICE.
3] YOUR GOVERNMENT WAS QUICK TO GIVE BHARAT RATNA TO SACHIN TENDULKAR FOR HIS HAVING ENTERTAINED YOU WITH HIS GAME, A PERSON WHO NEVER HAD TO RISK HIS LIFE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. BUT, YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS WILFULLY CHOSEN TO IGNORE BRAVE EFFORTS OF A COMMON INDIAN LIKE ME WHO HAD RISKED HIS LIFE TO EFFECT THE SILVER SEIZURE AND ADD TO THE NATIONAL COFFERS AT A TIME IN 1991 WHEN INDIAN GOVERNMENT HAD NO SURPLUS FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND HAD TO MORTAGAGE GOLD..! EVEN BJP DURING BJP RULE at centre HAD GIVEN A GIFT OF Rs. 1.5 Crore to Sachin by waiving customs duty on import of his car...! SEEMS LIKE, YOU GUYS CONSIDER LIVES OF COMMON INDIANS LIKE ME OF LESS VALUE THAN THE LIVES OF CELEBRITIES LIKE SACHIN TENDULKAR WHO ENTERTAIN YOU...!
3] AS PER YOUR OWN GOVERNMENT POLICY, I AM ENTITLED TO Rs 1.5 Crore as REWARD at the rate 10% OF THE PRESENT VALUE OF THE SEIZED SILVER AS CASH REWARD BESIDES THE HIGHEST GALLANTRY AWARD... :-)
4] AS MEDIA REPORTS HAVE SHOWN, RAMPANT CORRUPTION PREVAILS IN CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT. THEN, IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT OF RAMPANT CORRUPTION, IF SOME MATRIOTIC OFFICER LIKE MY DID EXCEPTIONAL JOB OF EFFECTING SILVER SEIZURE, NO ONE SHOULD BEAR ANY GRUDGE AGAINST REWARD BEING GIVEN TO ME.
5] YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS NOT GIVEN ME MY GRATUITY DESPITE ME HAVING PUT IN NEARLY 12 YEARS OF SERVICE AS CUSTOMS INSPECTOR. ANY EMPLOYEE HAVING PUT IN 5 YEARS OF SERVICE IS ENTITLED TO GRATUITY.
6] YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS VIOLATED BASIC PRINCIPLE OF EQUALITY ENSHRINED IN INDIAN CONSTITUTION BY CREATING A HIGHER CASTE OF PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS [PSUs] IN TERMS OF VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT SCHEME [VRS]/GOLDEN HANDSHAKE ONLY FOR EMPLOYEES OF PSUs AND NOT GIVING ANY MONETARY BENEFIT OF VRS TO EMPLOYEES LIKE ME WHO HAPPENED TO BELONG TO NON-PSUs...!
7] I HAD BEEN ON MEDICAL LEAVE WITHOUT SALARY FOR ONE YEAR, STRUGGLING FOR LIFE. INSTEAD OF SHOWING COMPASSION TO ME, THE CENTRAL EXCISE DEPARTMENT RECOVERED WRONGFULLY HIGHER AMOUNT OF MEDICAL ADVANCE BY MANUFACTURING STRANGE LOGIC...!
MY INCESSANT STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE IS THERE IN PUBLIC DOMAIN FOR LONG...!
[EXCERPTS FROM LETTER TO INDIAN PM MANMOHAN SINGH]