SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE AT BIKANER HOUSE ANNEXE SHAHJAHAN ROAD, NEW DELHI
My grievance application submitted to Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances had reached Shri. Basant Swaroop, Director & Grievance Officer, Cabinet Secretariat(SR), Bikaner House Annexe, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi on 26 May 2012. Director Basant Swaroop has not contacted my Unit(Special Frontier Force) to verify my Service Information and my Record of Service to ascertain my role during Bangladesh Ops of 1971. I request my readers to speak to Grievance Officer Swaroop(Phone Number. 23387030) and ask him to process my petition at an early date.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162, USA
The Spirits of Special Frontier Force
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Registration Number : CABST/E/2012/00154
Name Of Complainant : R.Rudra Narasimham
Date of Receipt : 26 May 2012
Received by : Cabinet Secretariat(SR)
Officer name : Mr Basant Swaroop
Officer Designation : Director & Grievance Officer
Contact Address : Bikaner House (Annexe), Shahjahan Road, New Delhi
Contact Number : 23387030
I served in the capacity of Medical Officer in the rank of Captain in Special Frontier Force from 22 September 1971 to 18 December 1974.
I was posted at Headquarters Establishment Number. 22 C/O 56 APO. Brigadier T S Oberoi was the Commandant at Hq Establishment No. 22.
Under the plans approved by the Prime Minister of India (PMO), Cabinet Secretariat, I was issued a Movement Order and was dispatched to serve in the South Column Unit under the Command of Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan for the execution of Operation Eagle which during 1971 had initiated the Liberation of Bangladesh with military action conducted in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan in a written communication dated 13 May, 1972 had stated that I have displayed a great sense of devotion to duty, maturity, physical toughness, and bravery beyond call of duty during Operation Eagle. The South Column Unit Commander had also stated that he had recommended my name for a gallantry award and had submitted a citation to the Director of Medical Services(Army) for his further action. In his written remarks, Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan gave his appreciation and commended me and said:”A very conscientious and Tough MO who worked hard during the Bangladesh Ops. He did very well and showed Maturity, which was beyond the call of duty. I have recommended this Officer for a gallantry award for which he deserves eminently. He is physically Tough and cheerful. Is a fresh entrant with less than 2 years of Service and yet he displayed capability and confidence.”
These remarks were duly reviewed by Commandant Brigadier T S Oberoi and the Annual Confidential Report(Officers) for the year 197-72 was duly forwarded to Military Secretary’s Branch, MS Branch 4(CR) MoD(Army).
In a written testimonial given by Lieutenant General T S Oberoi, PVSM, Vrc, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Southern Command Pune-411001, dated 14th February, 1983, he states that I deserve befitting recognition for the Service that I had rendered to the Nation during the time of a crisis. The Southern Army Commander had categorically stated that I was recommended for a gallantry award for display of gallant qualities in the face of the enemy.
It is not known as to why the Director of Medical Services (Army) had failed to take action to forward the citation for gallantry award to the MS Branch(Army), MoD in a timely manner. However, the DMS (Army) has no authority to reject the citation or to deny the grant of military award duly recommended by my Unit.
Justice and fairness demand that action must be completed to grant the gallantry award as recommended by my Unit Commander Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan, Brigade Commander T S Oberoi and Major General Sujan Singh Uban, Inspector General Special Frontier Force who had commanded the task force that executed Operation Eagle during 1971-72.
As per the decision made by the Prime Minister of India, the Battle Plan of Operation Eagle includes the eligibility criteria for receiving Service Medals, Decorations, and Awards. The Prime Minister of India did not impose any restrictions or time limits and as such I am still entitled to receive the gallantry award that was duly recommended following the rules and procedures given to us after approval by the Prime Minister of India (PMO) and the Cabinet Secretariat.
R.Rudra Narasimham, (Rebbapragada. Rudra Narasimham/R.R. Narasimham)
Service Number. MS-8466; Rank. Captain; Branch. Army Medical Corps/Short Service Regular Commission;
Service Number. MR-03277K; Rank. Major; Branch. Army Medical Corps/Direct Permanent Regular Commission.
Current Status : RECEIVED THE GRIEVANCE