I had reported earlier that 11 airman of IAF had gone to SC for the grant of Reservists pension to them. Air HQ had accorded necessary sanction for issue of PPO to PCDA, Allahabad under the powers vested under GOI ,MOD letter no4684/DIR(PEN)/2001 dated 14 August 2001 read with letter dated 7 November 2001.These powers have been delegated to all three Service HQ for various administratative sanctions.
I have received a copy today sent by AFRO vide letter No RO/2801/211576/05/63/P&WW(SP) dated 17 Aug 2011 addressed to the bank of each individual attaching original PPO in each case.Most of them have reached the age of close to eighty years by now. It is a classic case of perseverence and patience.This case has come to a logical conclusion after 3 years of struggle.The period covered in this case is from 1962 to 1972 when these veterans were called up for active service for short periods during three wars that we engaged in.
I am now asking AFRO,CABS(IN) and all CROs(46 of them) of Indian Army if they have similarly placed ESMs and the number involved.We must take it up with SC directly once this info is compiled in respect of all those left out veterans and may be their surviving widows to sanction pension.The added benefit is that they can now become members of ECHS and get medical cover.
Gp Capt SS Phatak(retd)
(Head Pension Division of IESM, served with IAF Accounts, 1965-1994)