As you all are well aware that the Border Roads Organization (BRO) is governed by Central Government and entrusted with one of the important responsibility to develop and maintain the infrastructure of all the borders particularly north and north-eastern part of the Nation so that our soldiers can access easily at all these borders and keep our country safe from any type of insurgency activities by bad elements/ neighbouring countries. Thus BRO is contributing a major role for the security of the Nation.
BRO is a Civil Engineering oriented Organisation and the Diploma Engineers(Subordinate Engg Cadre including CME Diploma and Non Diploma) are considered back bone of this elite Organisation. They are working in most inhospitable & extremely tough working conditions in border areas, away from their families and friends and always exposed to vagaries of natural calamities and other similar natural phenomena throughout their service life. It is very proud to say that they are giving first preference to their country than to their family including children.
Despite all these sacrifices/contributions rendering to the mother land as well as to the department, the department is not at all interested to give them their legitimate entitlements and they are not being given proper recognition and credit for their good work, which they deserve. The department is curtailing their rights. BRO is the only Organisation in which the implementation of the orders of Govt of India/Central Pay Commission for Pay and Allowances has not been done for Diploma Engineers cadre. The Diploma engineers of BRO are neither being paid as per Army nor as per Civilian Employees. Although the BRO employees are working shoulder to shoulder with Army in these inhospitable terrains at borders but they are being paid even less than the civilian employees working at plain area and in cities. The diploma engineers of other department like CPWD, MES, Railways etc., who are getting more perks than GREF Diploma Engineers, whereas their working/living conditions are far better than the diploma engineers of GREF. You will be surprised to note that even in GREF, all other cadre employees and officers viz Asst Ex Engrs, Executive Engrs, SEs, CEs, Draughtsman, Stenographers etc are enjoying pay parity with similarly placed employees in other engg deptts whereas only Diploma Engineers cadre in GREF is relegated to a very lower grade and status.
The case for implementing of their entitlements as per Govt orders has been taken up but their appeal has been turned down. Due to some bounding of departmental procedure and as ruled under Army Act 1950, they are unable to fight for their demand all together. But the effect of such injustice done by their department is being reflected in their family life. Being wives of Diploma Engineers of GREF, we are in great pressure from two fronts, one from family side as the responsibility of children & parents rests with us as our husbands are working at isolated border areas of the country for nation building and on the other side inadequate financial support from our husbands as the department has restricted their entitlements (Pay & Allowances, ACP as per 5th CPC etc.).
Now, it is the right time that we, the lady wives of Diploma engineers of BRO should come forward and take the responsibilities and bring their genuine problem to the appropriate level of authorities and put our possible effort to resolve it and give them their rights.
In view of above, the lady wives of Diploma engineers has decided to form an Forum to make a platform under which the representations and the grievances of our better halves can be taken up with the concerned authorities. Accordingly lady wives stationed at Delhi and surrounding areas have jointly decided and formed this forum called “BRO Diploma Engineers Wives Forum”.
Hence, I, President of “BRO Diploma Engineers Wives Forum” request all my sisters/lady wives of diploma Engineers of GREF to join with us and take a membership in the Forum so that we can work together to resolve the issues of our husbands. It is also requested to please circulate this information to all the lady wives of your surrounding and convince them to join us and make this Forum stronger and more effective.
For easy communication of the activities/tasks of this Forum, we have launched a web site through which everybody can access, interact and express their views and problems in a systematic and regular manner. The details about Forum and activities such as members priorities, achievements, information/Notice Boards are available at our web site brodiplomaengineers.com and are updated on regular basis. The information, how to become a member of Forum can be accessed from the FAQ of the web site.
I hope we will receive good response and will be successful in the mission with the help and support of all of you and will achieve our goal in the days ahead.
(BRO Diploma Engineers Wives Forum)