IESL/13/2009 Dt……22August, 2009.
Hon'ble Prime Minister of
Prime Minister's office,
Sub:Vows of PBORs Veterans.
Most Respected Sir,
The PBORs veterans were much elated to find the announcement of improved pension for PBORs in the Union Budget presented by your govt. on 6-7-2009 and then your announcement on 15 August, 2009 but now they feel much depressed since bureaucrats are delaying the process of implementation only to please the Senior Veterans who still matter in bureaucratic set up in your govt. and trying to keep the PBORs frustrated till they succeed in meeting their personal designs to embarrass your govt.
As such, the orders for removing the anomaly in the pay of Maj. Generals (implementing the court decision) and grant of improved pay grade to Lt. Generals, which were announced later (on. 12-7-2009) in Lok Sabha by Defence Minister, A.K. Antony, to calm down the much flared Senior Veterans after the Budgetary announcement for PBORs, have been issued about a fortnight ago but the orders regarding improved pension to PBORs have, so far, not been issued.
Similarly, instruction regarding disbursement of regular pension to Hony. Nab. Sub. have also not been issued by PCDA / CGDA resulting in to much frustration among the PBORs. Orders for grant of pension to PBORs at the rate of 70% of the last pay drawn, which were agreed by the govt. long ago, have also not been issued yet.
Vows of PBORs do not end at this stage. your Govt. has been kind enough to grant additional pension to aged veterans who attain the age of 80, 85, 90, 95 and 100 years. Since the date of birth of most of PBORs Veterans is not mentioned in their PPO's, they are not able to receive this benefit so far, though Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare (pertaining to civilian pensioners) has issued the instructions vide their letter no. 21-5-2009 to consider certain documents, such as Pan Card, Passports, CGHS Card, Matriculation Certificates, Driving License and Election ID Card etc as proof of date of birth to make the payment of additional pension to Civilian Pensioners and advised Ministry of Defence to issue such instructions for veterans also but the concerned ministry i.e. Ministry of Defence has, so far, not taken any step to enable the Veterans to receive the additional pension, perhaps they may be waiting for the permanent departure of old veterans from this world. This is creating a great resentment among the PBORs and bringing a bad name to your govt.
We, therefore, pray thee to take necessary action in this regard and instruct the concerned depts. to do the needful at the earliest to relieve the PBORs of their agony.
We shall be much obliged..
Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS (Retd)
Copy: 1. Secretary to Govt. of India Ministry of Defence,Deptt. of Defence Welfare, Sena Bhawan, New
3. CGDA R.K. Puram,
4. Integrated HQ of MoD (Army) Adjutant General's Branch, Addl. Dte. Gen. Personnel Services Sena Bhawan
5. Harbans Singh Director (Pensions), Ministry of Defence,
All for information and deemed necessary action, please.