Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

BBC doing a documentary on Gurkha Issues called, “Two Years On Are Gurkha’s Better Off ?”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 10, 2011


12 basic bulletin points, for a Gurkha documentary to look into, here they are and in no order ofimportance.

ONE: The Gurkha and Nepalese Community Group’s Leaders around the UK, as well as Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare Rights Organisation’s Official’s here in the UK too. Want and have asked for, to hold formal talks we the British and Nepalese Government’s Minister’s, Civil Servants and Military Officer’s, with regards Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare, Interests and Rights, the British Government will not agree basically.

TWO: The infighting between the different Gurkha and Nepalese Community Group’s Leaders around the UK, as well as Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare Rights Organisation’s Official’s here in the UK and in Nepal. Has and is basically harming the Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare, Interests and Rights case.  With the British Government, MoD/Home Office, Minister’s, Civil Servants and Military Officer’s, plus the likes of GWT and other military charities. Are actually using this and playing one Gurkha group or organisation against another, to make the infighting worst and to get away with, basically not dealing with the real problems of the Gurkhas situation !.

THREE: Gurkha soldier’s military service pay and pension’s rights, being made equally and back dated to 1947, or at least holding discussions with the British Government over these, to come to some kind of reasonable settlement on pay and pension rights. Of increasing the amount or percentage Gurkha Soldier’s and/or their Widow’s received, compared to British Soldier’s and/or Widow’s receive, that is from the 33.3 per cent Gurkha’s or their Widow’s presently receive.

Upto 49.95% of British Soldier’s pension, or upto 66.6% of British Soldier pension, or upto 83.25% of British Soldier’s pension, or upto 100% and equally to British Soldier’s pension.  That is of British Soldier of similar rank and qualifications and length of service too. True many Gurkha’s only want 100% and equally to British Soldier’s pension, but many will hold talks if the British Government would over coming to an agreed settlement, but the British will not hold official talks.

FOUR: Gurkha soldier’s, Widow’s and Orphaned Children, not being told of their legal rights, to War Pension’s Disability Benefits, Widow’s Benefit’s, Orphaned Children Benefits, or Armed Forces Compensation for deaths or injuries/illnesses from military service too.   Therefore denied these legal rights to these benefits from MoD/SPVA, going back to the second World War it seems. Basically Gurkha soldier’s Wounded-in-the-Line-of-Duty (WLD) and/or Killed-in-the-Line-of-Duty (KLD), they or their families were not legally informed by and/or directly lied to by British Army Officer’s and/or MoD Civil Servants, of their legal rights to War Pension’s Benefits it seems, let alone provided these by the British Government.

This includes the likes of Havildar Lachhiman Gurung, VC. Born in the village of Dakhani , in the Tanahu DistrictofNepal in 1917. He joined the British Indian Army in December 1940 as a Rifleman in the 4th Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles. On 12/13th of May 1945 at Taungdaw, Burma [now Myanmar], Rifleman Lachhiman Gurung was manning the most forward post of his platoon which bore the brunt of an attack by at least 200 of the Japanese enemy, for his actions and the disabilities suffered he was awarded the Victoria Cross.   He sadly died 12th of December 2010 in a London Hospital.

HE WAS NEVER PAID ONE PENNY OF WAR PENSION’s DISABILITY BENEFITS HE WAS LEGALLY ENTITLED TO IT SEEMS, from 12/13th May 1945 until 12th December 2010, 65 years and 7 months of benefits and we are talking hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost too. Equally there are disabled and chronically ill British Army Gurkha’s from military service since 1947, from the late 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s too, all been not told of or wrongfully stopped War Pension’s Benefits, which could add upto many hundreds or thousands of disabled/chronically ill Gurkha’s, plus Widow’s and/or Orphaned Children of killed Gurkha’s not getting rightful benefits too.

FIVE: There is the question over National Insurance and Income Tax paid, by all British Gurkha Soldier’s, NCO’s and Officer’s, throughout their military service to the British Government, while they were classed as Nepalese Citizens servicing in the British Army.

The Gurkha’s have no real idea how much money was taken out of their British Army pay, by the British Government individually or as a whole since 1947 to the present day.   They were given temporary NI number’s and income tax number’s by the MoD, while in the British Armed Forces, also never given proper NI and income tax records showing money taken either it seems too.

However, when British Gurkha Soldier’s, NCO’s and Officer’s, who have served between 15 to over 30 years in the British Army, request their and their families British ILR/Citizenship rights, if these are granted that is by the Home Office ?.  Then these Ex-British Gurkha Soldier’s and families are then given new and permanent Ni number’s and income tax number’s.

Though worst of all unlike Ex-British Army Soldier’s, who National Insurance and Income Tax Contribution taken from their military pay, is carried forward to their civilian records with regards civilian benefits and old age state pension’s. Ex-British Gurkha Soldier’s, their National Insurance and Income Tax Contribution taken from their military pay, are not and were not carried forward to their civilian records with regards civilian benefits and old age state pension’s, so will get a reduce state pension for them and their wives, because of even more discrimination the Gurkha’s are subjected too.

Again the Gurkha group’s and organisation’s, want to talk to the British Government over this, but again the British Government will not discuss it, surprise, surprise !.  The fact the British Government has benefited from Million’s of pounds taken from Gurkha’s Soldier’s, but they are denied the benefits they are entitled too, especially those in Nepal the likes of free NHS health Care !.

SIX: The ongoing mistreatment by the Home Office and the MoD, over how the immigration rules are still being misused by the British Government, to deny Ex-Gurkha’s and/or their family member’s, the right to come to the UK and live.

Especially Ex-Gurkha’s who are disabled and chronically ill from military service, Widow’s and Orphaned Children(i.e. under the age of 18) of killed Gurkha soldier’s too.

Gurkha children who are over the age of 18 years and single too, but are in full time education and being financially supported by their parents as well. Or Gurkha children over the age of 18 years and single too, but are their disabled and chronically ill  parents sole carer and provider.

Lastly Gurkha children who were by their birth it seems British Citizens, either born in the UK and/or on overseas British Military Bases.  Along with their Gurkha soldier father had actually served four years or more when they were born, so were and are entitled to British Citizenship by their birth automatically and a British Passport too. Also do not need to apply for British ILR/Citizenship, or have to pay the Home Office charges and fees for Visas and ILR etc, including legal costs too.  Their Ex-Gurkha father’s have been wrongly, because they were not again informed of this rights their children had by right of birth.

SEVEN: The British Government using the cost or raising costs of British Visas, ILR and/or Citizenship fees the Home Office are charging Ex-Gurkha’s and their families, also current servicing Gurkha’s and their families, or those just leaving the Brigade of Gurkha’s and their families. To basically cause a financial barrier, to claiming British ILR and/or Citizenship, to stop Gurkha’s and their families coming to the UK and living, by pricing British Citizenship out of the reach of most Gurkha’s and families.

When Gurkha groups and organisation’s, so do many UK citizen’s, believe the Gurkha’s and their family should be allowed to come and live in the UK free of charge and fees from the British Government, by the fact of their military service to the British Crown, Parliament and People.

Or allowed the Gurkha’s and their families to come to the UK, then allowed time to repay these British Visas, ILR and/or Citizenship fees the Home Office are charging Ex-Gurkha’s and their families,  say upto 10 to 15 years after coming to the UK.  Or current servicing Gurkha’s could pay these fees the British Government are charging, out of their military pay on a monthly basis, for them and their families, over their whole military service, with nothing to pay or very little when they leave the British Army.

Again the British Government, will not seat down with Gurkha Groups and Organisations, to talk about this ?.

EIGHT: The failures and mistakes of the British Government, in not looking after the welfare and rights, or interests, of Gurkha veteran’s and their families, after military service in Nepal.   Who are still living and since 1947, different British Government have openly ignored, Gurkha soldier’s and their families left in Nepal, with really no proper support, assistance, help, or advice, let alone free medical treatment and health care.

Other British Army Veteran’s and their families living in the UK, were and have been provided with by the British Government, as they are veteran’s and families of veteran’s plus British Citizens too.  In other words access to the likes of DWP Benefits, or Council benefits and social services or education for their children, let alone either War Pension’s Benefits and/or NHS Health Care too.

Gurkha Group’s and Organisation’s, would like to see the British Government agree, to provide Gurkha’s and Gurkha families living in Nepal. A equivalent to NHS / DMS Hospital actually in Nepal providing free Health Care, plus outreach medical centres or mobile medical teams around Nepal from this British Gurkha Free Hospital.

Surprise, surprise, the British Government will not seat down again and talk about this, because if this was supplied in Nepal many Gurkha’s and their families would have not need ot wish to come to the UK !.

NINE: The failures and mistakes of the British Government, in not looking after the welfare and rights, or interests, of Gurkha veteran’s and their families, after military service in the UK.   Who are still living and since 1947, different British Government have openly ignored, Gurkha soldier’s and their families rights living in the UK as much as those living in Nepal, with really no proper support, assistance, help, or advice, or accessing public services let alone medical treatment and health care or benefits too.

Surprise, surprise, the British Government will not seat down again and talk about this either, with Gurkha Group’s and Organisation’s.

TEN: The is the question of open racism and ethnic discrimination even disabled discrimination too, of Gurkha current servicing soldier’s and their families are being subjected too, as well as of Gurkha Veteran’s and their Nepalese families are being subjected to as well.

First from and within especially the MoD / British Armed Forces / British Army, the Home Office/Immigration and British Government as a whole, from the NHS Trust’s and local Council’s, or the British Justice System (i.e. Courts and Tribunal’s Judges / Magistrates / Panel Member’s, HMCR and Tribunal Service or DoJ personnel, or from the CPS and the Police, or from lawyers and barristers too), directly resulting in personal and ethnic/disabled hatred therefore breaches of British, European and United Nation’s Laws.

Also open racism and ethnic discrimination even disabled discrimination too, of Gurkha current servicing soldier’s and their families are being subjected too, as well as of Gurkha Veteran’s and their Nepalese families are being subjected to as well. From some members of the general public, or from some businesses and organisations or their personnel too, lastly sadly including some charities or their personnel as well.

Most created by stupid politician’s, directly and indirectly in-sighting personal and ethnic/disabled hatred therefore breaches of British, European and United Nation’s Laws, for their own self interests and/or political interests of their party etc too.

ELEVEN: The British Government as a whole, but especially the MoD/SPVA, the British Army and Brigade of Gurkha Headquarters, Brigade of Gurkha’s Association and lastly Gurkha Welfare Trust, have totally failed to support current servicing Gurkha soldier’s, let alone Gurkha Veteran’s and/or their Nepalese families.

With regards providing education, assistance, support and help or advise to Nepalese people coming to and living in the UK.  Over the society and social, or economic and financial, or cultural and religious, or political and Government, or public services, or the arts and theatre or history of the UK, or British Cities, Town’s and Countryside, or the language barrier or language difference between English and Nepalese.

All of which is causing major problem’s, to all within the Gurkha and Nepalese Communities, around the UK and growing by the day, also the local authorities cannot provided for and assist because of these very failures in fact.

TWELVE: The harsh and unfair Conditions of Military Service, that Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s and their Nepalese families, are and have been wrongfully subjected to since 1947 to the present day, by the British Government. Though especially The MoD / the British Army and Brigade of Gurkha Headquarters / Brigade of Gurkha’s Association and lastly Gurkha Welfare Trust.

However, most by the Brigade of Gurkha’s Headquarters’ Senior Officer’s, have totally wrongfully subjected Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s and their Nepalese Families too.  Which English / British Officer’s and NCO’s or other ranks, assigned to the Brigade of Gurkha’s, they or their family member’s (i.e. wives and children) were not and have not subjected too.

The same harsh unfair Conditions of Military Service, that Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s and their Nepalese families(i.e. wives and children), are and have been subjected to since 1947 to the present day.

Also no other English / British Officer’s and NCO’s or other ranks, of the British Armed Forces (i.e. Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and/or Special Forces) , they or their family member’s (i.e. wives and children)were or are subjected too.

For example Nepalese soldier’s are not allowed annual home leave to Nepal, to visit their families, whether they are stationed in the UK, or around the World on British Bases. Though English / British member’s of the British Armed Forces are, allowed annual home leave to see their families, or allowed to travel overseas on holiday with their families too, whether they are based in the UK or overseas !.

In fact Nepalese Gurkha Officer’s, or NCO’s and/or Soldier’s, are only allowed home leave to visit their own families once every three years, also for a couple to a few months, then we be forced to wait another three years before the next leave home.

Equally Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s and their Nepalese wives and children, are not allowed to even apply for on base married quarters, until the Nepalese Gurkha Soldier has served minimum of 4 years, whether in the UK and/or overseas bases Gurkha’s have told us.   Also if granted a married quarters on base, it would be for just 18 months to two years, then the wives and children are returned to Nepal.

Then the Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s and their families are forced to wait, until the individual Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s, is given promotion before they could apply for another married quarters on base, which is repeat through their military service we were told by different Gurkha veteran’s.

We have been told by Gurkha Veteran’s, out of 18 years British Army service, they were only with their families in Nepal or in married quarters on base, for just 4 years in total.

We have been total of long forced separation Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s and their Nepalese families, have been subjected to by the British Government basically.

Where British Armed Forces members of our own military family, have been subjected to nothing like these lengths of forced separation, from their wives and children or parents and families for years on end.

For example: One cousin, who served 27 years boy and man in the British Army.  Also was married for 25 of those years too, along with had 7 kids either born in the UK and/or on overseas British military bases too, equally those born overseas were British citizens as the one born in the UK were.

Of my cousin own military service of 27 years, he was only away from his family for 8 years maximum. When deployed on operational tour’s in Northern Ireland and around the world (i.e. 6 to 8 months at a time), or on training courses and/or training exercises in the UK, Europe and again around the World (i.e. 4 to 6 months at a time).

However, Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s can be deployed on two operational “COMBAT” tours, within a three to four year period around the world, before they are given home leave to Nepal and their families.

This is and was clear breaches of both Nepalese Gurkha Soldier’s and their Nepalese Families, especially their young children and wives, Human and Civil Rights, also breaching ethnic discrimination laws too.  By wrongfully being subjected to years of harsh and unfair lengths of forced separation, from their wives and children or parents and families, by the British Government!.

Lastly yes interview Minister’s, Civil Servants and Senior Army Officer’s, here in the UK, but also in India and Nepal too.

As well as with GWT official’s and front line personnel, here in the UK and Nepal, as well as RBL, SSAFA, Veteran Aid and CAB official’s and front line personnel dealing with Gurkha’s too.

Lastly with local politician’s, council officers and front line staff, or NHS official’s and front line staff, or DWP official’s and their front line staff dealing with Gurkha’s too.

To understand the real problems, many will tell lies to the BBC lies and mislead you over the truth and real problems.

Can we suggest the BBC think about a three part series, Called “TWO YEARS ON ARE THE GURKHA’s BETTER OFF ?”, First programme a documentary filmed in and around Nepal, the second programme a documentary filmed in and around the UK Gurkha Communities.

Then finish with a large Public TV Studio Debate programme, with Member’s of the British Royal Family, British Minister’s and Shadow Minister’s, MP’s, MEP’s, Member’s of the House of Lords, MSP’s and WAM’s, plus Councillors from around the UK where Gurkha Communities are located.

Equally official’s and front line personnel, from the NHS, local council’s, Home Office, MoD/SPVA (i.e. SENIOR ARMY OFFICERS), military and civilian charities, DWP etc, from around the UK where Gurkha Communities are located too.

Lastly Current Servicing Gurkha Soldier’s and their families, Gurkha Veteran’s and their families, from around the UK where Gurkha Communities are located too.

Gurkha and Nepalese Community Leader’s, Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare Rights Organisation’s Official’s, Gurkha and Nepalese Supporters,from around the UK where Gurkha Communities are located too.

The likes of Lawyers and Barristers. Judges, also Police officers and CPS official’s, and/or official’s from EHRC (i.e. Sir Trevor Phillips).

Finally member’s of the general public and news media, from across the UK, Indian and Nepal too.

 

 

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