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Anna Hazare was awarded by 5 medals during his Army service: TOI

NEW DELHI/ LUCKNOW: An RTI response has called Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari's bluff against anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare.

The RTI reply from Dakshin ASC records (South) dated August 3 puts the record straight that Anna "never deserted" the Army, and that he was "honourably" discharged from the armed forces on completion of the 12 years of his service.

The response following a Delhi-based RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal's plea came a week after Tiwari had made several serious allegations of corruption against Anna. It states that five medals were notified to Anna - Sainya Seva Medal, Nine Years Long Service Medal, Sangram Medal, 25th Independent Anniversary Medal and Paschimi Star - during his tenure with the Army.

Tiwari had said, "Annaji keeps saying that the Indian Army is investigating into his records. A few days ago, the Army received an RTI seeking past records of Anna. The Army wrote to Anna to find if he has any objection against it giving those records to the RTI applicant. Anna has not replied to the Army's query to date." He had also challenged Anna's right to lead the fight against graft, citing "corruption" charges against him. The Congress spokesperson had also claimed that Anna had refused to come clean on his Army record.

Army's principal information officer (ASC records, South, Bangalore) Lt Col Arun Kumar had dispatched the replies to Agrawal on August 3. The response says Anna had enrolled with the Army on April 14, 1963. He had completed his training at Aurangabad in Maharashtra. He had joined the service as a recruit. "He was attested as a soldier on November 16, 1963. He was holding the rank of sepoy at the time of leaving the service," the letter says.

The RTI reply states that no punishment was accorded to Anna Hazare as per service records.

Agrawal, though, is surprised with the twist in the response tale. He said he had asked only six questions in his April 13 plea. But he received the replies in response to a July 18 query, which he had never applied for. The RTI activist has sought a copy of his "alleged" petition.

He, however, said that he was unable to understand how his correspondence with the Central Principal Information Officer was leaked out to Tiwari. He has sought a probe into the matter.


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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

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6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.