PLIGHT OF THE RE-EMPLOYED EX-SERVICEMENS' WIDOWS
IN GETTING THE BENEFICIAL PENSION.
The truncated service in the Armed forces compels the ex-servicemen to seek re-employment. The re-employed ex-servicemen after retirement from the re-employed post are given minimum pro-rata pension, in addition to the minimum defence pension. Both these minimum pensions put together will not come equal to the full pension (33 years) being drawn by others who are fortunate to complete full service in one organization.
Moreover, these ex-servicemen are not given any weightage of military service/seniority in the re-employed post. They are appointed in the minimum scale and retire with minimum pension. Even though there are instructions to count the military service for seniority, promotion etc., in the re-employed post, but these ex-servicemen are not given any such privileges in the re-employed service. Whereas the families of these re-employed ex-servicemen are not allowed to draw both the family pensions. They are allowed to draw only one family pension after the demise of the ex-serviceman.
In the circumstances, there is no justification in denying the second family pension. Also there are many public sector undertakings and banks that are having their own pension fund, also denying this family pension to the widows of these ex-servicemen.
For example, a large number of ex-servicemen were employed in the public sector banks during the period 1981 to 1991, now most of them have retired and some of them have died. The widows of these re-employed ex-servicemen are not given the bank’s family pension even though the banks have their own contributory pension scheme.
The State Bank of
The plight of SBI pensioners is worst. When the mighty trade unions fight for the revision of salary and allowances for the working employees in the past, but they failed to negotiate for the revision of the SBI Pension and family pension. The recent revision in the SBI family pension has not improved the situation.
Now there are some widows who are eligible to get higher rate of Defence family pension as per the 6th CPC, as compared to the SBI’s family pension, are denied the defence family pension because of the option given by their husbands for the bank’s pension earlier, which is now lower than the defence family pension.