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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Why the Annexures ? :Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.

Maj. Navdeep.

This seems crazy.Every time the govt comes up with pensionary

benefits for veterans, instead of directing suo-moto revision by

the Pension Sanctioning Authorities or Pension Disbursing

Authorities in terms of the relevant orders, the retired service-

members are asked to apply to the concerned authorities for

revision of pension on complicated prescribed formats. But

what about the millions of former military members who do not

get a whiff of such revision orders and hence do not apply for

such upward revision ? Can the govt be allowed to retain what

rightfully belongs to such pensioners ?This issue needs to be

taken up with the govt at the earliest. A recent example would

be the improvement in disability / war injury pensionary awards

for which the affected personnel have been asked to apply on a

prescribed format. What to talk of circulating such circulars all

over, these documents are not even placed for public viewing on

any website by the Central Govt’s Department of Ex-servicemen


This is in sharp contrast to the Department of Pensions

on the civil side which proactively ensures that the information

of beneficial provisions reaches all concerned.But this is what

takes the pie : In the year 1998, the Govt of India had decided to

provide the benefit of 17 years of service for calculating pension

of Naiks (also Corporals and Leading Seamen) who had retired

between 01-01-1986 and 31-12-1995 with less than 17 years of

qualifying service. This benefit was also extended to Hony Naiks

and Time Scale Naiks. But keeping in view the red-tapist tradition

of our State machinery, instead of revising the pension suo-moto

on the basis of the data available with Record Offices or PCDA(P),

such affected personnel were asked to apply on a prescribed

application form for the said revision. Now don’t ask how these

poor guys were expected to learn about these orders or the

application forms, I have no answer !.

with the application forms and have directed suo-moto revision

without requirement of a request from the pensioners’ side.

Very prompt indeed, 1998 the orders were issued, and we have

woken up in 2010.

These layers and layers of procedures is what we need to

shed at the earliest.

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