NATIONAL E-GOVERNANCE PLAN
NEGLECT OF DEFENCE PENSIONERS
Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare through its order dated 10th March, 2008 selected Nine Pensioners’ Associations throughout the country and sanctioned a sum of Rs.5,40,000/- to implement this ‘Pensioners’ Portal’.
The main objective of this scheme is the redrassal of the pensioner’s grievances besides providing them detailed information about pension and other retirement related matters. The scheme, which invited the involvement of Pensioners’ Associations across the country in order to facilitate implementation of this unique venture aimed at welfare of the pensioners, failed to take care of 17 lac defence pensioners and its Government recognized representative organizations like Indian Ex-services League and the Air Force Association.
Why such discrimination is shown against the Defence pensioners? Are they not coming under the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare? Is there no organization representing the Defence Pensioners?
As a matter of fact, the grievances of the defence pensioners are more as compared to civil pensioners. The subject of defence pension is kept in darkness. The Banks disbursing defence pension are finding it difficult to co-ordinate with the innumerable government orders issued by the MOD and the CPA(P) Allahabad frequently. There is no comprehensive guide on defence pension to guide the banks or for that matter any defence pensioners associations. None of the recognized defence pensioners association is in the mailing list of the MOD or CDA(P) Allahabad.
In the circumstances, the non-inclusion of the defence pensioners association like the IESL, AFA in the Pensioners Portal is a great disappointment and injustice to the 17 lac defence pensioners throughout the country.
Will the government take immediate necessary action to include the defence pensioner’s organizations like the IESL, AFA and IESM in the Pensioners Portal? This is a genuine demand in the interest of the 17 lac defence pensioners living throughout the country.
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