WHAT IS YOUR CONTRIBUTION FOR GETTING O.R.O.P.?

WHAT IS YOUR CONTRIBUTION FOR GETTING O.R.O.P.? HAVE YOU JOINED IN ANY DHARNA ANY WHERE ? WITHOUT SHOWING OUR PAIN WE WILL NOT GET ANY GAIN. JOIN I.E.S.M. AND FIGHT FOR O.R.O.P. THINK IT OVER AND JOIN IMMEDIATELY FOR O.R.O.P.

UNITY IS OUR STRENGTH

DEAR VETERANS
OUR UNITY IS VERY IMPORTANT
PLEASE HELP THE POOR JAWANS

THEY ARE MORE IN NUMBER

BRING THEM UNDER YOUR COMMAND
BY LOVE & COMPASSION
THEN YOU SEE HOW
THINGS MOVE WITH THE GOVT


PLEASE THINK IT OVER

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KNOW THE RATES OF DISABILITY PENSIONS

W.E.F.01.01.2006

(FOR PRE 01.01.06)(100%)
READ CDA CIRCULAR 456
JCOs (FOR 100%)
READ CIRCULAR 456
OTHER RANKS (FOR 100%)
READ CIRCULAR 456

WAR INJURY PENSION
FOR ALL RANKS (100%)
READ CDA CIRCULAR 456

DISABILITY PENSION &
WAR INJURY PENSION
TO BE PAID WITH D.A.

CONSTANT ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE
FOR ALL RANKS (FOR 100%)
Rs.3750/-W.E.F. 01.01.2011

MINIMUM SPECIAL FAMILY PENSION
Rs.7000/- W.E.F.01.01.2006

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IT IS BETTER TO KNOW

YOUR PENSION ENTITLEMENTS THAN

YOUR LIQUOR QUOTA

HELP ALL TO GET
CORRECT PENSION FROM BANKS

REMEMBER, THAT OUR DEMAND OF

ONE RANK ONE PENSION

STILL NOT ACCEPTED BY GOVT.

20,000 MEDALS SURRENDERED

OUR FIGHT CONTINUES

JOIN THE MISSION TO WIN

THERE IS NO GAIN WITHOUT PAIN

LET US FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
OROP MEANS
EQUAL PENSION
FOR EQUAL RANK
GROUP,AND SERVICE
IRRESPECTIVE OF DATE
OF RETIREMENT
WHETHER POST 01.01.2006
OR PRE 01.01.2006

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RECENT JUDGEMENT - AFT KOCHI

WIDOW OF A RE-EMPLOYED EXSM

ENTITLED FOR DUAL FAMILY PENSION


"நல்ல நிர்வாகத்தால் வழங்கப்படும்

நீதி தான் உயர்ந்தது.

நீதி மன்றங்களினால் பெறப்படும் நீதிகள்

நிர்வாகத்துக்கு பெரும் அவமானம்

என்பதை நிர்வாகம்

(Ministry of Defence)

நன்கு உணர வேண்டும்."

தகுதியுள்ள விதவைகளுக்கு உடனே

இரண்டு குடும்ப பென்ஷன் வழங்க வேண்டும்

முன்னாள் படை வீரர் குடும்பங்களின்

நலன் காப்பது ராணுவ அமைச்சகத்தின்

தலையாய கடமையாகும்

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Monday, August 31, 2009

EX-SERVICEMEN & SOCIAL WELFARE TRUST


The man behind the show Sgt.S.Kandiah being honoured.
The Managing Trustee Sgt.R.Chellappa handing over the Cheque.
The Managing Trustee creates happiness among the poor.

A poor lady gets a Loan of Rs.20,000 from the Managing Trustee.
The President of Tvl.Dt.Exsm.Wel.Assn. Hon.Flt.Lt.M.P.
Natarajan presents a cheque of Rs.20,000/-
A word of advise to the leader of the SHG for proper use of loan.
The Group members at the meeting
The Poor women's Self Help Group promoted by Exwel Trust.
Look at the disciplined Self Help Group of our Trust.
A memorable day to the Self Help Group which relieved them
from the clutches of big money lenders.

EX-SERVICEMEN AND SOCIAL WELFARE TRUST. (EXWEL TRUST, TIRUNELVELI)


The Ex-servicemen and social welfare trust was established on 22nd April 2006 by Sgt.R.Chellappa (Retd.) under Indian Trust Act Regn.No.757/2006.

This trust is being established by the Author of Trust with prime objective of uplifting the poor and weaker sections of the society in general and ex-servicemen and their families in particular.

The registered office of the Trust is functioning from No.38/195, ‘Sethu Nivas”, VOC street, Santhinagar, Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli 627 002. (Phone: 0462-2540560. E-mail : rchellappa22@yahoo.co.in)

There has been constant endeavor to help the poor and the poor ex-servicemen in various ways.

First of all the EXWEL Trust identified the Tirunelveli District Ex-servicemen Welfare Association and helped it by providing water and toilet facilities to the Association office at a cost of Rs.15,000 in the year 2006.

Later the Trust identified a Noon Meal centre at a slum area in Palayamkottai and donated 25 plastic chairs, water cans, utensils to the centre at a total cost of around Rs.5,000/-. On 10.5.2006.

The same year a free medical camp was arranged on 3.7.2006 with the help of local Shifa Hospital. The Managing Trustee was kind enough to donate a sum of Rs.15,000 to one Mr.P.Velayutham of Shencottah for Open Heart Surgery at Sree Chitrai Tirunal Institute at Trivandrum on 23.6.2006.

From the beginning the Trust is donating a sum of Rs.1000 every year to children of poor ex-servicemen for their education. On 25.7.2009, the Exwel Trust in Association with Shifa Hospital conducted a free medical camp and helped 10 poor ex-servicemen widows (Non pensioners) for cataract surgery. About 200 people attended the free medical camp got free consultation and medicine for various ailments.

The Trust is also taking active part in promoting a number of Women Self Groups. About 4 such Self Help Groups were arranged finance from local Canara Bank and Indian Bank. The members of the SHGs are given guidance in self employment, health care and social awareness activities.

Recently, in August, 2009, the Indian Bank, Palayamkottai Branch sanctioned a loan of Rs.4 lacs to one of our Self Groups (Mullai Jai Jawan Women’s Self Help Group). The photographs taken at the loan distribution function are displayed.

The future plan of the Trust is to start an aged home for the ex-servicemen and their families. At present the Trust is working on getting correct pension and arrears to all defence pensioners.

EX-SERVICEMEN RETURN MEDALS FOR OROP

EX-SERVICEMEN RETURN MEDALS FOR ONE RANK ONE PENSION


Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 at 19:18 IST
New Delhi, Aug 28 Sticking to their 'One Rank-One Pension' demand, the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) today said the armed forces' veterans will return their gallantry medals to the President on September 13.

"We will deposit our medals with the President on September 13 and continue to demand for the implementation of the OROP in totality," IESM Chairman Lieutenant General Raj Kadyan (retd) told reporters here.

"Till now, we have deposited 15,000 medals with the President in three instalments and will continue to do so in future also," Kadyan claimed.

Under the OROP demand, the ex-servicemen personnel have been seeking that personnel retiring from a same rank after having served for equal number of years should get same pension irrespective of the date and time of retirement. With the implementation of each pay commission, the gap between the pension amount increases.

IESM claimed that the government had created an impression that the OROP demand was accepted but its recent steps in this regard had just helped in equating pre-1997 and post-1997 pensioners and the difference in pensions still existed.

There are nearly 20 lakh ex-servicemen in the country.
Ex-servicemen to return medals to President seeking OROP: samaylive

Text of PM's Independence Day Address

· We are proud of our brave soldiers. It is our duty to ensure that ex-servicemen are able to lead a life of comfort. Have accepted the recommendations of the committee on the issue of pension of ex-servicemen. This will benefit 12 lakh retired jawans and JCOs.

Grievance meeting held for ex-servicemen of 11 districts in Tamilnadu
The Army Record offices were being computerised and the veterans could access their records from home through Internet. Brigadier Jadhav apprised the veterans of the various schemes that had been initiated by the Central Government and Army Headquarters to improve the financial benefits and quality of life for the ex-servicemen. He also explained the various provisions of Sixth Pay Commission.

SIGNAL

DO YOU KNOW WHAT ARE OUR DEMANDS ?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT ARE OUR DEMANDS ?

HERE IS WHAT MAJ.GEN.R.N.RADHAKRISHNAN HAD PRESENTED.
TO THE GOVERNMENT.

Maj.Gen.R.N.Radhakrishnan, (Retd.) Vice President of the Indian Ex-services League and President of Tamilnadu Ex-services League had presented a beautiful document on our demands (25 pages with justifications and tables). The document named “absolute parity in pension” presented to the Government on behalf of the 17 lakh ex-servicemen.

Let us all unite and stick to these demands. I request all the ex-servicemen organizations to take a print out and discuss thoroughly and appreciate. Let us all fight for its implementation.

Make sure to the Government that this is our only demand on pension and nothing else. We will not accept anything less than this.

Kudos to Maj.Gen.R.N.Radhakrishnan, (Retd.) for his untiring efforts to prepare this document. We must make the Cabinet Secretary & the Defence Minister to withdraw the present report of the committee on OROP and related issues dated 30th June 2009 and implement this report submitted by Maj.Gen.R.N.Radhakrishnan.

Click for absolute parity in pension

Saturday, August 29, 2009

PURCHASE OF CAR BY PBOR VETERANS

Tele: 23092563

Intergated HQ of MOD (Army)

Army HQs / QMG's Branch

Dy. Dte. Gen. Canteen Services

L-1 Block, Room No. 15

New Delhi – 110001.

No. 96410/Q/DDGCS Dt. 23 Oct, 2008

PURCHAS OF CAR BY PBOR

Reference this HQ letter No. 96410/Q/DDGCS dt. 08 Aug, 06 and dt. 12 Oct, 07.

GENERAL

Consequent to improved socio-economic conditions and purchasing power, the COSC has accorded permission to serving and retired PBORs to purchase four wheelers through the CSD with effect from 01 Jan, 2009 based on certain operative conditions to ensure that the facility is not misused, procedures and safeguards given in the succeeding paragraphs will be strictly adhered to.

ELIGIBILITY AND CONDITIONS FOR PURCHASE

Eligibility – All PBOR (serving and retired of the three services having minimum of 15 years colour service and having been released honorably are entitled to purchase a four wheelers up to 1300 CC capacity.

PROCEDURE AND Conditions:-

(a) JCOs/ equivalent can purchase the second car after five years of the initial purchase and all other entitled Soldiers / Sailors / Airmen after seven years. Sale of car is not allowed before completion of two years from the date of purchase.

(b) Serving and retired PBORs will apply on the prescribed forms as enclosed at Appendices 'A' and 'B' respectively (which will be provided by the concerned CSDd Depot)

(c) Following documents shall be submitted along with the application;-

(i) ServingPBOR:-…………………………………. ……………………………………………………

……………………………………………………

……………………………………………………

(ii)Retired PBOR - The retired PBOR shall submit

an affidavit of Rs. 5/- on Non Judicial Stamp Paper

(Appendix 'D') covering the following:-

(aa)I have not purchased a car in the last 5/7 years as applicable.

(bb) I shall not sell the car for the next two years.

(ac) I understand that any violation of the above will make me liable to pay back the entire excise/ sales tax concessions to the Govt.

(ad) The vehicle is for my personal use.

(ae) The vehicle purchased form the CSD will be

registered on self name.

Entry with regards to purchase of car by retd PBOR will be made on the original PPO at the Depot

MISUSE – In case an individual is found to have violated any of the above conditions, that is, purchase of second car before five / seven years or sale of car before two years form the date of purchase, he will be liable to pay the full excise duty / sales tax as applicable.

ACTION BY THE CSD

At the CSD depot level, following actions will be taken on receipt of

application from the PBOR:-

(a) Verify the correctness of the details furnished by the PBOR.

(b) Cross check from CSD HO whether the Concerned PBOR has already purchased a car from any other CSD Depot in the last 5/7 years.

(c) Share the date with regards to purchase of car by PBOR with other depots.

(d) The PBOR will be allowed to purchase the car only after receipt of confirmation form CSD HO.

(e) In case of retired PBO following additional actions shall be taken :-

(i) Ensure the affidavits as per Appendix 'D' has been received.

(ii) Ensure entry of purchase of car with date is made on the original PPO.

CSD HO will be responsible for collecting the information of all purchase at All India level. A consolidated quarterly report of all purchases will be forwarded by CSD Head Office to the DDGCS.

This office letter No. 96410/Q/DDGCS dated 08 Aug, 06 and 12 Oct, 07 are hereby cancelled.

Sd/-

(IP Singh)

Brig

Dy Dir Gen

Canteen Services


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

POST SIXTH PAY COMMISSION DEMANDS

POST SIXTH COMMISSION DEMANDS.


Dear Veteran,

This organization has taken up the case of Inadequate promotion among the PBORs (Personnel below Officer Rank), Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACP Scheme) among the ranks up to Havildar and additional conditions imposed on the Post-Retirement Canteen Benefits of PBORs with the Integrated HQs of MOD (Army), Ministry of Defence, New Delhi vide our letter no. IESL/13/2009 Dt. 18 May, 2009. Copy of the letter of response by the Addl. Dte. Gen. Pers. Services Adjutant General's Branch is copied below for the information of PBORs:-

Tele: 35054 Addl. Dte. Gen. Pers. Services

Adjutant General's Branch

Integrated HQs of MOD (Army)

New Delhi – 110011.

B/33152/AG/PS-2(c) Dt. 05 June 2009.

Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab & Chandigarh)

3 – Guru Ram Dass Nagar

Patiala – 147004.

POST SIXTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION DEMANDS

1. Ref your letter No. IESL/13/2009 dt. 18 May, 2009.

2. The following are clarified for your info please :-

(a) Inadequate Promotion among the PBOR. A study for cadre review is under way which would address the issue.

(b) Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACP Scheme). Instructions for implementation of ACP are under preparation and will be issued shortly.

3. The above are the issues being progressed by PS Directorate.

Sd/-

(VS Rama Raju)

Col

Dy Dir/AG PS – 2

Copy to

QM (Coord) - A photocopy of Indian Ex-Services League letter under ref in para 1 above is fwd herewith. You are requested to reply to the issue raised in para 3 of the letter regarding additional conditions imposed on post retirement canteen benefits of PBOR.

2ND INSTALMENT OF ARREARS

ORDERS FOR PAYMENT OF 2ND INSTALMENT

Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and pensioners welfare issued orders for the payment
of 2nd instalment of 6th CPC arrears before 30.9.2009.

Click here for the orders.

WILL JUSTICE BE METED OUT TO PBORs ?

WILL JUSTICE BE METED OUT TO PBORS ?


Justice delayed amounts to denial. The 6th CPC had done a great injustice to thousands and thousands of pre 96 Sepoys, Naiks and Havildars and the equivalent ranks of Navy and the Air Force.


It is a pity that these men are so innocent that they don’t even understand their right for a full pension. They have no God father. There is no unity among them. Their level of education is also very low. The thinking capacity of a retired soldier and his family is made to erode by giving liquor to them even after retirement.


Who the hell is asking for liquor to a retired soldier ? What is the motive behind the issue of liquor to the retired soldiers and to their widows, while they are struggling for their survival without proper pension and re-employment opportunities?


The motive behind issue of liquor to the poor retired soldier and their widows is to make them not to demand any thing to the Government, and to make them live in a drunken state throughout their life and die like a dog by slow poisoning them. This is true. Most of the pre86 and pre96 soldiers (PBORs) are people living below poverty line and non-matriculates, school drop outs, living in remote villages. They all joined the defence forces due to poverty and unemployment. This category of men definitely did not join the services to protect the mother land. It is because of extreme poverty, they joined the services. Later during the stay in the service, they are made to sacrifice every thing as there was no other go for them.


The Government is capitalizing this poverty for their benefit and exploiting them in an unscrupulous manner. Everyone knows that a soldier cannot remain as soldier for 33 years. It is to keep the youthful profile of the armed forces very young and fighting fit, these soldiers are given good bye at the age of 38. They are not allowed to serve for 33 years and shunted out compulsorily without any guarantee for re-employment. But when the question of pension calculation is involved, these 33 years is brought in and the pension is drastically reduced.


The main grievance is that when the authorities very well know that these men are not going to serve for 33 years, then why at all this yardstick of 33 years is imposed for calculating their pension. There should be some reasonable compensation in their pension when they are forced to quite the service. The Government should magnanimously decide the amount needed for a peaceful retired life when it cannot guarantee re-employment. Instead of giving better pension, better re-employment chances, giving them cheap rate liquor to these poor soldiers is nothing but cheating the entire disciplined soldiers. Thousands and thousands of crores are being spent on defence, yet the rtired soldiers are running pillar to post for a reasonable pension for their livelihood.


The 6th CPC recommended Rs.3700 to a retired soldier, where as the same commission had recommended Rs.45000/- monthly pension to some one else. The ratio of minimum to maximum is not even 1:10. There is no justification. Is it not an injustice ?


It is only the poor people who live below poverty line, who cannot afford higher education to their children, are sending their children to defence forces in the PBOR cadre. Nowadays, the educated youth does not prefer to join defence services even in Officer cadre.


The defence forces are remembered only in total war, and in great national calamity. When a nation faces war, the enemy is identified and driven away. When a war is on terrorism, the enemy is not easily identified. There cannot be time bound action on terrorism. There is a continuous threat all over the country. The home minister recommended additional police forces to contain terrorism. The present political and bureaucratic setup and system cannot find a solution for containing terrorism. In the circumstances neglecting the past soldiers is not good for the country. If the situation continues, the govt. may have to enforce compulsory military service to safe guard the nation.


A strong defence forces are a must. A country cannot survive without a defence force. If this is understood clearly, then all steps must be taken to keep the past and the present men in the forces happy. The quantum of minimum pension given to soldiers is to be decided based on his past service and sacrifices made by the soldiers and not by comparing with civilian employees. The pension given to a soldier is to be treated like a compensation for his sacrifice to the nation which must help him a peaceful life free from want.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ORDERS ISSUED FOR 2ND INSTALMENT

ORDERS ISSUED FOR PAYMENT OF 2ND INSTALMENT

Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure
had issued orders today for the payment of 2nd instalment of 6th CPC
arrears to its employees.

However, the Pensioners have to wait for the orders to be released from
the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare.

Click here for the order.

PURCHASE OF CAR BY PBOR VETERANS

PURCHASE OF CAR BY PBOR VETERANS

Dear Veterans,

Govt. of India , Ministry of Defence, vide its letter No. 96410/Q/DDGCS dt. 23 Oct. 2008 issued by Integrated HQ of MOD (Army) Army HQs / QMG's Branch, Dy. Dte. Gen. Canteen Services, has authorized serving and retired PBORs to purchase four wheelers through the CSD with effect from 01 Jan 2009 up to 1300 CC capacity.

This facility has been accorded to PBORs as a result of great struggle by various ESM organizations including Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh, headed by the undersigned. However, we are utterly disappointed by the eligibility conditions imposed by Ministry of Defence on the purchase of car through CSD by PBORs. Following conditions are to be fulfilled by the PBORs before they can purchase car:-

1. PBOR should have retired honorably with pension after a colour service of 15 years.

2. The retired PBORs shall submit an affidavit of Rs. 5/-on Non Judicial Stamp Paper covering the following:-

(a) He has not purchased the car in the last 5 years (for JCO) and 7 years (for other rank).

(b) The vehicle is for his personal use.

(c) Vehicle will be registered on his name.

Entry with regards to purchase of car by retd PBOR will be made on the original PPO at the Depot.

After that CSD will take the following action:-

(a) Verify the correctness of the details furnished by the PBOR.
(b) Cross check from CSD HO whether the Concerned PBOR has already purchased a car from any other CSD Depot in the last 5 / 7 years.
(c) Share the data with regards to purchase of car by PBOR with other depots.

PBOR will be allowed to purchase the car only after receipt of confirmation from CSD Head Office.

No such condition is applicable to officer and all officers including ECs and SSCs, not drawing pension, are allowed to purchase a car of any capacity after a gap of 2 years.

This organization has already taken of the case of these additional conditions applicable to PBORs with Integrated HQ of MOD (Army) Adjutant General's Branch and they have further asked QMG Branch for the reasons for the additional conditions applicable to PBORs vide their letter no. B/33152/AG/PS-2(c) dt. 5 June 2009 with a copy to this league HQ.

So far no reply has been received from QMG Branch. Same will be displayed on this blog as and when received.

Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS (Retd) President.
Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh .
Mob. 98554-09128 Telefax- 0175- 5000896.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

VOWS OF PBORs VETERANS

IESL/13/2009 Dt……22August, 2009.


To


Hon'ble Prime Minister of India ,

Prime Minister's office,

New Delhi – 110 011.


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..


Yours Sincerely.


Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS (Retd)

President.


Copy: 1. Secretary to Govt. of India Ministry of Defence,Deptt. of Defence Welfare, Sena Bhawan, NewDelhi

2. PCDA Allahabad

3. CGDA R.K. Puram, New Delhi-

4. Integrated HQ of MoD (Army) Adjutant General's Branch, Addl. Dte. Gen. Personnel Services Sena Bhawan New Delhi w..r.t. their letter no. B/38207/ Pay Com/AG/ PS-5 dt. 01 July, 2009 (Copy enclosed for ready reference). Sir, is it possible to clear the misconception in minds of ex-servicemen fraternity under such circumstances?

5. Harbans Singh Director (Pensions), Ministry of Defence, New Delhi Phone no. (011)23015609-

All for information and deemed necessary action, please.

Friday, August 21, 2009

FAQ ON PENSION MATTERS.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION & ANSWERS ON PENSION MATTERS.

Scheme for Payment of Pension to Government Pensioners by Authorised Banks
Reserve Bank of India monitors disbursement of pension by its agency banks in respect of all Central Government Departments (except the Department of Post) and certain State Governments. It has been receiving several queries/ complaints from pensioners in regard to fixation, calculation and payment of pension including revision of pension/ Dearness Relief from time to time, transfer of pension account from one bank branch to another, etc. We have analysed the queries/ complaints, rights and duties of pensioners and put the same in the form of answers to these Frequently Asked Questions. It is hoped that this will cover most of the queries/ doubts in the minds of pensioners.

1. Can the pensioner draw his/ her pension through a bank branch?

Yes. Even the Government employees earlier drawing their pension from a treasury or from a post office will have the option to draw their pension from the authorized bank's branches.

2. Who is the pension sanctioning authority?

The Ministry/ Department /Office where the Government servant last served is the pension sanctioning authority. The pension fixation is made by such authority for the first time and thereafter the refixation of pay, if any, is done by the pension paying bank based on the instructions from the Central/ State Government authorities.

3. Is it necessary for the pensioner to open a separate pension account for the purpose of crediting his/ her pension in authorized bank?

The pensioner is not required to open a separate pension account. The pension can be credited to his or her existing savings/ current account maintained with the branch selected by the pensioner.

4. Can a pensioner open a Joint Account with his/ her spouse?

Yes. All Central Government Pensioners (except the pensioners of the Telecom Department) and those State Governments which have accepted such arrangement can open Joint Account with their spouses.

5. Whether Joint Account of the pensioner with spouse can be operated either by ''Former or Survivor" or " Either or Survivor".

The Joint Account of the pensioner with spouse can be operated either by ''Former or Survivor" or "Either or Survivor".

6. What is the minimum balance required to be maintained in the pension account maintained with the banks?

RBI has not stipulated any minimum balance to be maintained in pension accounts by the pensioners. Individual banks have framed their own rules in this regard. However, some of the banks have also permitted zero balance in the pensioners' accounts.

7. Who sends the Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) to the authorized bank branch?

The concerned pension paying authorities in the Ministries /Departments/ State Governments forward the PPOs to the bank branches wherefrom the pensioner desires to draw his/her pension.

8. When is the pension credited to the pensioner's account by the paying branch?

The disbursement of pension by paying branch is spread over the last four working days of the month depending on the convenience of the pension paying branch except for the month of March when the pension is credited on or after the first working day of April.

9. Can a pensioner transfer his/ her pension account from one branch to another branch of the same bank or to the branch of another bank?

(a) Pensioner can transfer his/ her pension account from one branch to another branch of the same bank within the same centre or at a different centre;

(b) He/ She can transfer his/ her account from one authorized bank to another within the same centre (such transfers to be allowed only once in a year);

(c) He/ She can also transfer his/ her account from one authorized bank to another authorized bank at different centre.

10. What is the procedure for payment of pension in the case of the transfer of PPO to another branch or bank, as the case may be?

Pension will be paid on the basis of the photocopy of the pensioner's PPO at the transferee (new) branch from the date of the last date of payment made at the transferor (old) branch. During this time, both the branches (old and new) are required to ensure that all the required documents are received by the transferee branch within the period of three months.

11. Is it necessary for the pensioner to be present at the branch of the bank along with documents for the purpose of identification before commencement of pension?

Yes. Before the commencement of pension, a pensioner has to be present at the paying branch for the purpose of identification. The paying branch shall obtain the specimen signatures or the thumb/toe impression from the pensioner.

12. What is the procedure to be followed by the bank branch if the pensioner is handicapped /incapacitated and is not in a position to be present at the paying branch?

If the pensioner is physically handicapped/incapacitated and unable to present at the branch, the requirement of personal appearance is waived. In such cases the bank official visits the pensioner's residence/hospital for the purpose of identification and obtaining specimen signature or thumb/toe impression.

13. Has the pensioner got right to retain half portion of the PPO for record and to get it updated from paying branch whenever there is a change in the quantum of pension due to revision in basic pension, dearness relief, etc.?

Yes. The pensioner has right to retain half portion of the PPO for record and whenever there is a revision in the basic pension/DR etc. the paying branch has to call for the pensioner's half of the PPO and record thereon the changes according to government orders/notifications and return the same to the pensioner.

14. Whether the paying branch has to maintain a detailed record of pension payments made by it in the prescribed form?

Yes. The pension paying branch is required to maintain a detailed record of pension payments made by it from time to time in the prescribed form duly authenticated by the authorized officer.

15. Can the pension paying bank recover the excess amount credited to the pensioner's account?

Yes. The paying branch before commencement of pension obtains an undertaking from the pensioner in the prescribed form for this purpose and therefore, can recover the excess payment made to the pensioner's account due to delay in receipt of any material information or due to any bonafide error. The bank has also right to recover the excess amount of pension credited to the deceased pensioner's account from his/ her legal heirs/nominees.

16. Is it compulsory for a pensioner to furnish a Life Certificate/Non-Employment Certificate or Employment Certificate to the bank in the month of November?

Yes. The pensioner is required to furnish a Life Certificate/Non – Employment Certificate or Employment Certificate to the bank in the month of November. However, in case a pensioner is unable to obtain a Life Certificate from an authorized bank officer on account of serious illness / incapacitation, bank official will visit his/her residence/ hospital for the purpose of recording the life certificate.

17. Can a pensioner be allowed to operate his/ her account by the holder of Power of Attorney?

The account is not allowed to be operated by a holder of Power of Attorney. However, the cheque book facility and acceptance of standing instructions for transfer of funds from the account is permissible.

18. Who is responsible for deduction of Income Tax at source from pension payment?

The pension paying bank is responsible for deduction of Income Tax from pension amount in accordance with the rates prescribed by the Income Tax authorities from time to time. While deducting such tax from the pension amount, the paying bank will also allow deductions on account of relief to the pensioner available under the Income Tax Act. The paying branch will also issue to the pensioner in April each year a certificate of tax deduction as per the prescribed form. If the pensioner is not liable to pay Income Tax, he should furnish to the pension paying branch, a declaration to that effect in the prescribed form (15 H).

19. Can old, sick physically handicapped pensioner who is unable to sign, open pension account or withdraw his/ her pension from the pension account?

A pensioner, who is old, sick or lost both his / her hands and, therefore, can not sign, can put any mark or thumb/ toe impression on the form for opening of pension account. While withdrawing the pension amount he/ she can put thumb/toe impression on the cheque/withdrawal form and it should be identified by two independent witnesses known to the bank one of whom should be a bank official.

20. Can a pensioner withdraw pension from his/ her account when he/ she is not able to sign or put thumb/toe impression or unable to be present in the bank?

In such cases, a pensioner can put any mark or impression on the cheque/ withdrawal form and may indicate to the bank as to who would withdraw pension amount from the bank on the basis of cheque / withdrawal form. Such a person should be identified by two independent witnesses. The person who is actually drawing the money from the bank should be asked to furnish his/ her specimen signature to the bank.

21. When does the family pension commence?

The family pension commences after the death of the pensioner. The family pension is payable to the person indicated in the PPO on receipt of a death certificate and application from the nominee.

22. How the payment of Dearness Relief at revised rate is to be paid to the pensioners?

Whenever any additional relief on pension/family pension is sanctioned by the Government, the same is intimated to the agency banks for issuing suitable instructions to their pension paying branches for payment of relief at the revised rates to the pensioners without any delay. The orders issued by Govt. Departments are also hosted on their websites and banks have been advised to watch the latest instructions on the website and act accordingly without waiting for any further orders from RBI in this regard.

23. Can pensioners get pension slips?

Yes. As decided by the Central Government (Civil, Defence & Railways), pension paying banks have been advised to issue pension slips to the pensioners in prescribed form when the pension is paid for the first time and thereafter whenever there is a change in quantum of pension due to revision in basic pension or revision in Dearness Relief.

24. Which authority the pensioner should approach for redressal of his/ her grievances?

A pensioner can initially approach the concerned Branch Manager and, thereafter, the Head Office of the concerned bank for redressal of his/her complaint. They can also approach the Banking Ombudsman of the concerned State in terms of Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006 of the Reserve Bank of India (details available at the Bank's website www.rbi.org.in) This is applicable only in respect of complaints relating to services rendered by banks. For other issues the complainant will have to approach the respective pension paying authority.

25. Where can a pensioner get information about the changes in the pension/ Dearness Relief or any pension related issue?

The pensioner can visit the Official Website of the concerned Government Department as also Reserve Bank of India Website (www.rbi.org.in) to get the information about pension related issues

LET THE PBOR GET SOMETHING

Dear Veterans,


The guardians of the nation’s security, who guarded the nation at the risk of their life without asking the reason why but followed the tradition of do and die, are being killed inch by inch, both by the govt. and their own senior veterans who still matter in the govt.


Personnel below the officer rank (PBORs), who count for 96% in the Armed Forces of India , are being neglected at every step by the govt. while granting them the pension and other post retrial benefits. Veterans up to the rank of Hav. have been placed in the Pay Band - I along with class IV Civilians and most of them draw a basic pension of Rs. 3500/- PM , an amount being bagged by Chokidars, Malis , Cooks and Sweepers etc.


Realizing the pathetic condition of PBORs committee headed by Cabinet Secretary recommended a step of equating Pre - 96 with Post – 97 counter parts to remove the anomaly in pension of PBORs, and same has been announced in the union budget on 6-7-2009 although giving it a colour of ONE RANK ONE PENSION for PBORs only.


This flared up the mood of superior veterans who protested against the grant of ONE RANK ONE PENSION only to PBORs, without waiting for a moment to think that it was a removal of anomaly relating to PBORs only.


However, the Hon’ble Defence Minister, Mr. A.K. Antony silenced them by announcing ONE RANK ONE PENSION for all including officers in Lok Sabha 0n 12 July, 2009 which was in fact a step to implement the decision of court regarding the pay anomaly of Maj. Generals and giving a separate pay scale to Lt. Generals, as well as their counter parts, in civil.


The govt., after the announcement, has immediately issued the orders for Lt. Generals and Major Generals but the orders for PBORs are still gathering dust in the Ministry of Defence and not yet issued, presumably, at the instance of some of the remaining senior veterans who have not been benefited by this announcement of the govt.


Similarly, Ministry of Defence vide its letter no. 1 (8)/2008-D(Pen/Policy) dt. 12 June 2009 has granted pension of regular Nb. Sub. to Honorary Nb. Sub. w.e.f. 1-1-2006 but the PCDA and CGDA has not taken any step to implement the same so far.

The travails of PBORs do not end at this stage. The govt., on the recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission, has granted additional pension to veterans and their families on completion of 80, 85, 90, 95, and 100 years of age. Since, in case of old veterans, mostly PBORs, the date of birth is not mentioned in PPOs granting them the pension, the beneficiaries have not been able to receive additional pension so far. Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Pension & Pensioner’s Welfare, relating to civilians central govt. pensioners, in their letter no. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dt. 21 May, 2009 has clearly given the instruction that Pan Cards, Matriculation Certificates, Passports, Driving Licenses and Election ID cards, where the date of birth is mentioned, will be taken as proof of date of birth for payment of the additional pension to the Civilian Pensioners. It has also advised Ministry of Defence to issue similar instructions for the Defence Pensioners but nothing has, so far, been done by the said ministry for payment of additional pension to the veterans and their families in whose case the date of birth is not mentioned in PPOs. Perhaps, the Defence Ministry is waiting for the permanent departure of old veterans to save the govt. money.


The orders for giving pension to PBORs at the rate of 70% of their last drawn pay, which were acceded by the govt. along with change of pay band from PB-3 to PB- 4, in case of Lt. Cols., have also not been issued till date where as the Lt. Cols. have received the revised pension, as a result of change in pay band, about a couple of months ago.


Such discriminatory treatment to PBOR veterans is not un- common in every field, may it be in granting pension or canteen benefits to them. PBORs veterans have been authorized to purchase cars from CSD canteen only up to 1300 CC, after a gap of 7 years, only if they have current Driving License and earned pension after a minimum 15 years of service where as officers including Short Service Commissioned Officers and Emergency Commissioned Officers who are not drawing any pension, can purchase a car of any brand after a gap of 2 years without having current Driving License.


Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS (Retd.)

President.

Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh .

Mob. 98554-09128 – Ph. 0175-5000896.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

SERIOUS ANOMALIES IN PENSIONS


SERIOUS ANOMALIES IN PENSIONS AND DEPOSITING OF MEDAL

Dear Friends

1. The next date for return of medals to the President is 09 Sep 2009 at 3.00 PM. This is being done due to the total apathetic attitude shown by the Govt towards our most genuine demand of One Rank One Pension. A few facts are brought to your notice.

PBOR

There is a large gap which still exists between pre 01.01.06 retirees and post 01.01.06 retirees. Pre 01-01-06 Sepoy will get Rs 5461 where as the post 01-01-06 will get Rs 7045 with 50 percent weightage. This gap which will further increase once 70% weightage is implemented.

(THE PAY FIXATION & PENSION CALCULATION FOR POST 01.01.2006 RETIREES (PBOR) ARE NOT CLEARLY PUBLISHED) Can someone throw some light on this please.

OROP to the PBORs thus has not been granted as against what is being claimed by the Govt. (Likewise pre 2006 retiree Col will draw 26050 where as post 01-01-06 will get 30375.)
Officers

A Major General pre 2006 retiree will get far less pension than his four ranks junior ie Lt Col who retired after 01-01-06. Likewise other senior rank officers ie Brig, Col, Lt Col, Maj, Capt, Lt, PBORs who are pre 2006 retirees will get less pension than their counterparts who retired after 01-01-06. This is a weird situation which is also a blantant violation of article 14 of the constitution. A senior rank officer must never get less pension than his junior rank officer irrespective of the date of retirement. The very functioning of the Army Rank structure is being adversely affected. The table below illustrates the point.

Pre 2006
Post 2006 (01.01.06)
Major
14100
22135
Lt Col
25700
28695
Col
26050
30375
Brig
26150
31170
Maj Gen
26700
33925
Lt Gen
36500
39500

There is far too large a gap of Rs 11600 between pensions of Major and Lt Col. Similarly too large a gap has been created between the pensions of Major General and Lt Gen i.e Rs 9800/- The pensions of Lt Col, Col, Brig and Major General have been kept in a rather too narrow a range ie Rs 25700 – Rs 26700/- gap of only Rs 1000. Between Col and Maj Gen the difference in pension is only Rs 650/-. The anomaly is too glaring. There should be sufficient gap, between the pensions of successive rank and there should be no large variations within a particular rank.

Gap in Pensions Officers
Major
14100


Gap Rs 1000/- This will lead to total destruction of the rank based functioning system of the Defence Forces.
Gap
11600
Lt Col
25700
Col
26050
Brig
26150
Maj Gen
26700
Gap 9800

Lt Gen
36500

While implementing the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Maj Gens, the Govt has accepted the concept of granting the same pension to pre 96 and post 96 retirees the plea made by Maj Gens when 5th Pay Commission was implemented.. In the same way the Govt should have applied the same concept in the case of pre 01 Jan 2006 and Post 01 Jan 2006 retirees.

Three Assured Carrier Progressions (ACP) concept has been accepted as 6th CPC award. But the same has not been applied to the past pensioners. The past pensioners should also be given the benefit of ACP by notionally applying the concept to them and their pensions fixed accordingly.

2. Friends, we need to prepare ourselves to be a one united whole of ESM to resolve all our issues to get due justice with an aim of establishing healthy environment of functioning of Defence Forces in a democracy. As you are aware the IESM has already been registered as a federation of all ESM organizations. Organization membership system has been put in place besides the individual membership. The IESM has had one year’s experience of its functioning. Besides pressing for our major demands, we have also started ECHS and Pension Cells to improve the satisfaction levels of ESM. This is the right time that all ESM organizations in the country should join the IESM as part of the Federation to make it an umbrella organization of the ESM of India. State convenors are requested to launch a concerted drive in this regard.

3. Medals deposit being our next event, all out efforts be made to collect maximum medals and send these through couriers or by hand to IESM HQ Office at 543 Sector 23 Gurgaon (Haryana) 122017. Representatives attending the meeting on 30 Aug 2009 at Noida may kindly bring the collected medals from their respective area with them. The state convenors are also requested to nominate their districts, city, tehsil and block committees of IESM if not already done and forward their details to the HQ IESM at the above address at the earliest.

With Kind Regards,
Jai Hind
Yours Sincerely,
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Vice Chairman Indian ESM Movement
Mobile: 9312404269, 0124-4110570
Email : satbirsm@yahoo.com
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

ALL INDIA DEFENCE VETERANS MEET

ALL INDIA DEFENCE VETERANS MEET UNDER AEGIS OF IESM
AT 1030H ON 30 AUG AT AVCC NOIDA


Dear All

Members from all corners of India have expressed their desire to attend the meeting on 30 Aug 2009 at Noida. The desire of veterans was discussed in steering committee meeting and it was decided that in deference to desire of all veterans the meeting on 30 Aug should be converted to ALL INDIA DEFENCE VETERANS MEET UNDER AEGIS OF IESM. AGM is therefore postponed and its date would be informed to all the veterans.

It is for information of all defence veterans pan India that a meeting is planned to be held at 1030h to 1430h on 30 Aug 2009 at AVCC (Arun Vihar Community Centre) NOIDA. IESM requests all defence veterans to join hands and attend the meeting in large numbers. My request would be to have a representative member from all districts of India. Veterans are requested to make their own arrangements of travel and stay in Delhi/Noida.

We all know that Govt has steadfastly refused to listen to veteran's rightful demand of OROP. This demand has been pending since last 25 years. Many commitees have discussed the issue and had recommended OROP in principle but the Govt has denied OROP to the veterans on flimsy grounds. Govt has betrayed the faith of veterans and after having announced OROP through The President of India in a speech to both houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) and also through Finance Minister in budget speech but has given nothing to the veterans. The recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary committee has approved correction of only one anomoly of 5 CPC that too under court order and Govt is misleading all that OROP has been granted to ex servicemen. This announcement is no where near OROP and is a mere eye wash, and veterans can not be deceived with this.

IESM therefore gives a call to all Veterans all over India to come to NOIDA to attend the all India meet of defence veterans on 30 Aug 2009. The main agenda of this meeting will be to think and brain storm and decide the future road map to put up a joint fight to the Govt policy of ignoring ex servicemen's demand of OROP and of lowering the morale of ex-servicemen.

Col DP Singh from Panvel has been very kind to offer refreshment to all the veterans who are passing through Panvel for this meeting. All veterans are requested to inform their time and date to Col DP Singh at and he and his team will provide free refreshment to all the veterans. IESM salutes this gesture of Col DP Singh and his team.

Col Rajan Srinivas has also issued an appeal to all veterans to come in large numbers to reach Noida on the 30 Aug and participate in this meeting to decide future route map of veteran's struggle with the Govt for their just demand of OROP.

I request all the veterans to kindly forward their points and names of the speakers so that agenda for the meeting can be finalised and list of the speakers can also be firmed up. Points and the name of speaker should reach to me latest by 17 August.

IESM appeals to all the veterans to donate generously to fight for the cause of ESM/W. We are looking for donors who are ready to sponsor this meet. Kindly come forward and donate generously for a good cause. Please confirm by Email/telephone to the undersigned about the donation or any other querry.


Regards

Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
L - 48, Sector - 25, NOIDA. 201301.
Tele no 01202519440, Mobile 09810541222

Pls see IESM latest NEWS on http://www.iesm.org

UNITED WE WIN DIVIDED WE FALL
INTESIFY ESM'S STRUGGLE FOR OROP.

RETURN OF GALLANTRY MEDALS TO THE PRESIDENT
HAS SHAKEN THE GOVT.
WE SHOULD RETURN MORE MEDALS TO THE PRESIDENT


Dear All

Further to IESM's call for an All India Defence Meet at 1030h on 30 Aug 2009 at AVCC Noida.

All aware that Govt has not agreed to ESM's demand of OROP and in fact has rejected the call. IESM has had an exhaustive brain storming session to discuss the course of action to be adopted in view of Govt's refusal of our demand of OROP.

While the road map of our struggle will be decided in the all India Defence Veteran's meet on 30 Aug at AVCC NOIDA, it is unanimously agreed that our struggle needs to be intesified and as a first step more medal should be returned by the veterans to the President of India. So for Veteran's have returned 15000 gallantry medals and it has shaken the Govt. In view of above all state conveners and district conveners are requested to collect maximum medals from the veterans and despatch them to the undersigned. Courier charges would be reimbursed to all for return of the medals. Conveners who are coming to attend the meeting on 30 Aug 2009 should bring maximum number of medals . These would then be centrally deposited with Supreme Commander The President of India for safe custody as mark of our dissatisfaction with the Govt policy.


NEXT DATE OF DEPOSITING MEDALS IS 9 SEP 2009 AND THEREAFTER EVERY MONTH
ALL VETERAN'S ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE MEET IN LARGE NUMBERS AND ALSO RETURN MEDALS AND GALLANTRY AWARDS IN LARGE NUMBERS.
UNITED WE WIN
DIVIDED WE FALL


Regards

Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
L - 48, Sector - 25,
NOIDA. 201301
Tele no 01202519440
Mobile 09810541222

Saturday, August 8, 2009

EX-SERVICEMEN FIGHTING TO DEBUG THE SKEWED PENSION POLICY


EX-SERVICEMEN FIGHTING TO DEBUG THE SKEWED PENSION POLICY


Date: Friday, 7 August, 2009, 8:29 PM
Gentlemen,
Further to our meeting of 9 Jul 09 at IESL HQ, we had another meeting at IESL HQ on 06 Aug 09 through the kind courtesy of Brig RKS Gulia, President IESL. Aim was to discuss the rather obstinate attitude of the Government to deny OROP to officers, JCO/ Warrant officers and OR, despite having been announced by the President of India and the FM in the Parliament.

The following attended the meeting:
a) Brig RKS Gulia, IESL
b) R Adm S Ramsay
c) AVM RP Misra
d) Maj Gen Satbir Singh, IESM
e) Maj Gen P Renjen, IESM
f) Gp Capt Sethi, Air Force Assn
g) AVM JK Pathania
h) Maj Gen RKN Radhakrishnan
i) Yours truly was asked to take the chair

The members discussed firstly, the question of preparing tables of pension entitlement of all ranks and secondly, govt letter dated 15 Jul 09 regarding the implementation of Supreme Court judgement regarding fixation of pension of pre 1996 Maj Gens and the report dated 16 Jul 09 of the Cabinet Secretary on the issue of OROP.

It was decided that pension tables need not be prepared till the govt issues a letter on pension entitlements as per the Cabinet Secretary's report. It was however decided that the Cabinet Secretary's recommendations for not granting OROP be challenged and the fact that despite the SC ruling in favour of pre 1996 Maj Gens, the govt has extended their revised pension only till 1997 and not beyond to 1 Jan 06, be questioned. After discussion it was decided that the following points be covered in a letter to the PM, Defence Minister and the Finance Minister.

a) The definition of OROP stated by the Cabinet Secretary (as defined by a number of ESM orgs to him) in his report be reinforced ie pension should be based on the number of qualifying years of service and rank. Also special terms and conditions in which defence service pers serve should be highlighted and reiterated.
b) No senior rank should draw less pension than a rank junior to him.
c) Three assured career progressions must be assured to PBOR.
d) Fitment should be done at the max of a scale of a rank plus three stagnation increments for superannuating offrs.
e) MSP should be entitled to all ranks from Sepoy to Chief.. No artificial barrier of a salary limit of Addl Secy, Secy or Cab Secy should be laid down to deny senior officers MSP.

Maj Gen Radhakrishnan was requested to draft the letter, which will be circulated to all representative ESM orgs for their views before it is issued. It was also decided that the letter will be signed by Heads of IESL, IESM, Naval Foundation and Air Force Association. As the last IAF CAS is the head of AFA, he should be requested to sign at the head of other signatories.

I would like to put on record that Brig Gulia volunteered to provide staff and logistic support for the above. It must also be appreciated that all Orgs consented to provide full cooperation in making this ESM endeavour a success.
Lt Gen SK Bahri (Retd)

A High-powered Committee of Secretaries looking into the One Rank-One Pension demand put forward by ex-servicemen on Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 presented a concept of ‘modified parity’ to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Credit: Report My Signal Blog.