The Exwel Trust , on an extensive drive and interaction with pensioners, identified Two more aged veterans, who are being paid less by the Banks. One Ex-Sep Jesudian Nadar ( 8812301 ) aged 89, DOB 23-6-1920 and another Ex.Hav. Pandiaraj ( 6257489 ) aged 83 ,DOB 27-8-1926. They were not aware that they are eligible for an additional pension on completing the age of 80.
When they explained their eligibility and the arrear amount of Rs.55000plus and Rs 41835/- respectively, they were simply taken to surprise. After careful scrutinize of PPO, Discharge book and the Bank Pass book, they calculated the arrears and submitted the Due/ Drawn statements to the concerned banks and requested them to revise pension on account of this Additional pension. The PDAs were kind enough to revise and pay the arrears promptly.
There are still many more such aged veterans not knowing their legitimate pension. The Trust continues to take untiring efforts and extensive interactions with pensioners/ Family pensioners to ensure that they are getting their rightful dues.
One family pensioner Smt.Germany Fernando w/o of Late Nb.Sub.Fernando ( JC 50820) was being paid incorrect basic pension by a Nationalized Bank at Viravanallur, Tirunelveli-Dist, Tamil Nadu. When they noticed the same and informed discrepancy to the branch, they were not convinced and wanted an order from the concerned Record Office/ CDA. Immediately they took up the matter with the D.S.C Record Office at Cannanore. The Record office was very prompt in replying, by instructing the bank to revise the Pension correctly as per 6th Pay commission, CDA Cir 397 and 403, MOD letter dated 11-11-2008 with a copy to us.
They contacted the branch over phone and discussed about the reply from DSC Record Office. But the branch was still insisting the correct amount in figure from RO/ CDA or from their Head Office. In view of the above happenings we were constrained to complaint to their Head Office. The Head Office at Chennai was very kind enough to immediately instruct the Branch suitably to revise the correct amount of Basic pension as Rs.4650/ for the particular widow Smt.Germany fernando W/O of a Nb.Sub , Group 'C'.
Now the branch has revised the pension and paid the arrears of Rs.36000/ plus. They have confirmed it from the pass book of the pensioner.
The poor widow visited Exwel Trust office and expressed her gratitude to the the Trust. Family pensioners are mostly neglected by the banks. It is once again reiterated that but for the timely intervention of our Trust, the pensioner would not have got the correct rate of pension at least in the near future.
The Trust is focusing more on such families/and aged pensioners. The Pension Adalats conducted by the Government authorities must be made more flexible and meaningful.
A small voluntary organization like the Exwel Trust could do so much of help to the aged pensioners, is a great achievement.