The endorsement of family pension to the pre-85 PBOR pensioners is the issue which needs urgent attention now.
Even though the MOD had issued orders as early as 1988 to carry out the endorsement to all the pre-85 defence pensioners, but still there are thousands and thousands of pensioners running pillar to post to get the endorsement done in favour of their living spouces. In the meantime, there are many widows are left behind their husbands without getting the endorsement, which results in years of delay in getting the family pension.
What is the problem ? and how to solve it ?
1. The old pensioners are not aware of the procedure for getting endorsement done.
2. The banks are totally non co-operative and non informative in this regard. I have seen one retired Wing Commander (Flying Pilot) paying service charges (more than 100 Rupees) in one State Bank of India Branch in southern Tamil Nadu branch to get the attestation on the joint photographs affixed on the family pension endorsement forms.
3. In the case of re-employed ex-servicemen, the record offices are insisting to get No Objection Certificates from the re-employer, that they will not sanction any family pension on the re-employed service. Even though it is well known from the government orders that the, would be widow’s choice to select, whichever family pension is beneficial to her. But in this case, the record offices are adamant in obtaining the NOC from the re-employer. How can the spouse of a pensioner give her choice about the beneficial pension before the date of retirement of her husband from the re-employed service. Asking a choice comes only when the widow is given both the pensions sanctioned in her favour. Not otherwise.
4. With all these struggle, if one forwards the endorsement forms to CDA(P), the CDA(P) does not reply at all for months togther. Even it forwards a Corr PPO to the Banks, the Banks do not understand What is this Corr PPO and misplace it somewhere or sometimes throws it in the dustbin by looking at the colour of the paper used by these CDA(P) offices.
These are the practical problems that the writer of this Blog experiences every day with pensioners and the Banks that leads to non-endorsement of family pensions during the life time of the pensioner.
Are we not ashamed for these state of affairs ? Who is to be blamed ? Who should held responsible for this state of affairs ? My dear veterans please think it over. I have published a copy of one Air Force MWO’s wife”s appeal to the President of AFWWA in this regard. So far no response from CDA(AF) New Delhi. This is the ill treatment given by the AFRO and AFCDA(P) New Delhi to a learned MWO (Education Instructor) of the Indian Airforce. Then you can imagine the plight of ordinary sepoys and their widows in the Army.
In this situation, now the only hope is the Indian Ex-servicemen Movement. The IESM core team should study these problems and directly target the concerned officials for speedy action.
Here is the instructions given in the Air Force website regarding endorsement of family pension.
ENDORSEMENT OF NOK - PENSIONERS
The procedure for grant of family pension after the unfortunate demise of pensioners was time consuming and was causing inconvenience to the family. Therefore a need was felt to endorse wife’s name in the PPO for sanction of family pension in order to avoid delay/overcome difficulties experienced during the past. Hence, the system of Joint Notification of wife’s name for family pension together with service pension was started wef 01 Mar 1985.
For the retirees of period prior to 01 Mar 1985, a separate PPO for endorsement of family pension is being issued on receipt of applications from affected pensioners. Despite wide publicity, it is found that Joint Notification is yet to be done in respect of a large number of pensioners including the ones who are married/re-married after retirement.
All the eligible and affected pensioners are required to submit requisite form of application (Appendix-I) (Specimen is placed at (Appendix-A) in triplicate duly completed and verified by their Pension Disbursing Authority to AFRO (OIC Pen & Wel Wing), Subroto Park, New Delhi at the earliest. Application form either could be down loaded or obtained from AFRO (OIC Pen & Wel Wing).
Following aspects may kindly be noted :-
(a) In the case of re-employed pensioners, an NOC stating “No family pension has been/will be sanctioned in future by re-employer” is required to be submitted alongwith application.
(b) Dual family pension is not admissible. However, family pension from Air Force service is also admissible in addition, where a pensioner was/is re-employed under “Employee Pension Scheme 1995” or “Family Pension Scheme 1971” and in receipt of family pension under these schemes. A Certificate stating the admissibility of family pension under these schemes is required for grant of family pension from Air Force side.
(c) An attested copy of original PPO (vide which original pension was sanctioned to pensioner) is also required to be enclosed. If not held, the same could be obtained from Pension Disbursing Authority.
(d) The benefit of ordinary family pension has also been extended for life to Handicapped child/children and Widowed/divorced daughter. Family pension to the widowed/divorced daughter will be sanctioned only after death of pensioner and family pensioner.
A separate case be taken with AFRO for endorsement of name of Handicapped child/children in the Pension Payment Order. In this regard all pensioners (ex-airman or spouse in case ex-airman had expired) are advised to submit details of handicapped child/children alongwith under mentioned documents/certificates to this office: -
(a) An attested Xerox copy (attestation should be done by First class gazetted officer only) of Medical Certificate issued by Medical Officer not below the rank of Civil Surgeon. If the certificate is to be procured from Armed Forces Side then the certificate is to be obtained from Medical Officer of the rank of Brigadier or above. Medical Officer should certify the percentage of disability/degree of mental retardation, name of disease and also certify that individual is unable to earn his/her livelihood. (Specimen certificate of disability is placed as Appendix ‘ B’).
(b) Original Affidavit sworn before First Class Magistrate regarding the inability of child/children to earn his/her livelihood due to his mental physical nature.
(c) In case the handicapped child/children (mentally retarded) is unable to draw family pension at its own then the pensioner (ex-airman or spouse in case of ex-airman had expired) are advised to nominate a person who will act as guardian of the handicapped child. The nominated person will draw family pension on behalf of handicapped child.
(Note: Even if the ex-airman had already got endorsed the handicappcy of his/her children in his service records then also the certificates as mentioned in para-5 (a) and (b) are required to be submitted again)
For any query/clarification, please contact OIC Pension & Welfare Wing, Air Force Record Office, Subroto Park, New Delhi – 110 010. Telephone – 011 – 25697551, Extn-7592, 7597 & 7551. Fax – 011-25696359. E-Mail ID – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the copy of the e-mail sent to the President AFWWA.
FromSmt.Kathija,W/O E.MWO.Beschi.C.J. (S.No.240909),No.5/2 Nellai Naynar Street,Palayamkottai,Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu 627 002.ToThe President,Air Force Wives Welfare Association,New Wellington Camp,Race Course, AF Station New Delhi 110 003.Madam,ENDORSEMENT OF FAMILY PENSIONEX.NO.240909 MWO BESCHI.C.J.I am the wife of Ex.MWO Beschi.C.J., Edn. Instructor discharged from Air Force on 16.8.83. My husband had applied for endorsement of family pension and the correspondence is with AFRO for the past 3 years. My husband had submitted all the required documents for the purpose.At last the AFRO on 15.1.08 forwarded the case to CDA(AF) (Joint Notification Cell) Subroto Park, New Delhi 10 for issue of Corr PPO.Madam, it is more than one year passed, we have not received any reply for the joint notification from the AFRO/CDA(AF) My husband is sick and due to the delay in the matter, he is mentally upset. As you know, how difficult it is to get family pension sanctioned without endorsement if it is not obtained during his life time.As my husband is aged, and losing hope of any positive action for his letters, I am constrained to send this email, with a great hope of a helping hands from our AFWWA.I humbly request your good offices to kindly take up the matter with CDA(AF) to get the endorsement done at an early date. I shall always remember this help.Thanking you,Yours sincerely,C.Muthukrishnanon behalf of Smt.Kathija.Email: http:///