Saturday, June 11, 2011

WWII Veterans Pension Delayed by Banks

Jagran Post: Posted on: 09 May 2011, 09:16 AM
World War II veterans wait for pension stuck with banks
Aligarh: World War II veterans who had once overpowered their enemies by their valour have virtually surrendered before the government machinery. They are running from pillar to post to avail their pension pending for the last nine months.
According to reports, their pensions are stuck with the banks, while cheques against the Sainik Welfare Board have already been dispatched with their account numbers.
Despite repeated reminders from the board, the banks have a long list of excuses for not relieving the pension. The irked board officials have sought information from the banks about their branches.
The Indian Army had participated in the World War II from 1939 to 1945, and 355 soldiers were from Aligarh. The government is paying Rs 2500 as monthly pension to these veterans, who despite their frail figures are compelled to run from one office to another to avail the amount.
Irked over the callousness of the official machinery, Board Secretary Arvind Kumar said, “If such system continues, people will even hesitate to join the Army.”
It may be noted that the pension is stuck with various branches of SBI and Central Bank for the last three to nine months respectively.
Meanwhile, the search for missing warriors of the World War II is yet to complete. Till date, only 150 out of 355 veterans have been ascertained. District Soldier Welfare and Rehabilitation Board has written letters to all retired military personnel and their dependents to collect information related to the War veterans. (JPN/ Bureau)
World War II veterans wait for pension stuck with banks

Retired Defence Personnel can enrich the Jan Lokpal Bill if enacted into Law

Drafting of Lokpal Bill
Dear Sh Shanti Bhushan jee,
1. Your letter to FM has been brilliantly written covering all aspects of the Draft being prepared for the Lokpal Bill. Well Done.
2. We the Defence Veterans are totally in agreement with points being projected by the Civil Society Members and would request you all to continue to press for these issues. Lokpal Bill must be strong enough to deliver to the people of India a “Corruption free environment” which should act as catalyst for good governance
3. We implore all members of the Civil Society to stick to all the points put up by you. The whole nation will support you. If required, press for referendum on these aspects of the Bill. The PM, Judiciary, MPs and all public servants, infact every one in the country be brought under the “Lokpal”
4. On more issue, we wish to bring to your notice is that the Defence Officers are selected through a very deep and stringent selection process at the Services Selection Board and have the basic qualities of head and heart in them. The experiences they gain through the inservice period further enrich them to handle national issues. While the other countries like USA, UK etc extensively use their experience and expertise, India totally ignores this aspect except one or two made Governors.
5. We would therefore, request you to strongly project inclusion of suitable Defence personnel in the selection committee of Lokpal and Lok Ayukta as well as part of the Lokpal and Lok Ayukta benches. Please DO NOT FORGET THE SOLDIER. They will deliver the best to the nation.
God Bless you God Speed.
With Regards,
Jai Hind
Yours Sincerely,
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Vice Chairman, IESM
Lok Pal Bill: Letter from Shri Shanti Bhushan to the Finance Minister- Click here

Friday, June 10, 2011

Visit to War Memorial

Dear Brig,
I had gone to Washington D C and visited the Lincoln Memorial. I have taken some photographs of the inscriptions there. There is a whole wall giving the names of those who died or were missing in the Viernam War. I thought I would share some of these with you.
(IC-19071 Brig RP Nautiyal, Bihar Regt, settled at Dehra Dun)

How a President treats his Armed Forces Personnel

US Coast Guard Academy Commencement:President's Address
You may like to publish the following in the RMS blog.
I am currently in the USA and watched with interest the "Commencement" (Graduation) ceremony of the US Coast Guard Academy, located in Connecticut, attended by the US President Barak Obama on the NBC TV on May 18 and also read the report in the state newspaper "The Hartford Courant". Brought up in the Indian ethos, many things struck me as unusual and worth sharing with IESM community.
The President was very informal during the ceremony and while delivering the speech, made some humorous remarks. He shook hands with all the 220 odd cadets, some of whom even hugged him! (Indian VIPs would stay at least 100 feet clear of Indian Defence Academy cadets to preserve their dignity and status).
He said in his speech," The graduates would soon join a military and intelligence community that made sure "the terrorist leader who attacked us on 9/11 will never threaten America again... We remember our moral compass that we are citizens with obligations to each other... that we rise and fall as one". (For Indian VIPs, only the servicemen have to have moral compass and obligations and none for the others).
Obama continued a presidential tradition when he jokingly absolved the cadets of any outstanding "minor" infractions. He also gave special acknowledgments to graduate Jennifer Proctor, who attended Obama's old high school in Honolulu, and Melissa McCafferty, the recipient of the academy's third Truman Scholarship, saying... "Where is Melissa, let me embarrass you" scanning the crowd.
I felt it is "Them and Us!".
Shashank Bendre

SUVIGYA- Pension Software Tool

Software- SUVIGYA

Rajya Sainik Boards & their subsidiary offices have been issued with the software SUVIGYA for accessing pension of ESM speedily. It is sincerely hoped that ESM's problems will now vanish! How come our own organizations have been kept out of this information tool. We have sorted out over 250 cases within & outside Dehradun. Can the apex bodies get a lever on this & provide us with this convenient package. The 135 Tables in Circular 430 are a strain on the eye & fingers(scrolling). Hopefully all elements that matter are factored in the software to incl BP, Addl Pen for above 80 yrs, Dis Pen, WIE, CAA, Gallantry etc etc.
Do try to get this software from Chandigarh or elsewhere.
Brig RS Rawat
CGDA developed software called ”Suvigya” has been hosted on VSF webpage Click here
Visit DESA Blog- Click here

Existing Military Covenant be Converted into a Law

09 June, 2011 18:59
Subject: Law needed to demonstrate Nation’s commitment to retired Armed Forces Personnnel, says Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP
India must pass a law that ensures better treatment of the Retired Armed Forces Personnel and their families, and must emulate UK Government’s decision to convert its existing military covenant– an agreement under which the state pledges a duty of care towards its military personnel in return for the sacrifices that they make- into a law. In a letter written to the Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister Mr AK Antony, Mr Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament urged them to pass UK-like law for India and demonstrate nation’s commitment to the honour and bravery of our retired Armed Forces Personnel and their families.
Please Click Here to read the full letter. Your feedback or comments are most welcome.
Best Regards,
Principal Public Affairs, Office of Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament.
For more information on Rajeev Chandrasekhar, please visit

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Transparency Revolution: Are the Armed Forces and ESM Organisations in the loop?

A transparency revolution is on, but India not ready, says Antony
In a fresh take on the corruption debate, Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said that the nation is going through a “transparency revolution” and while there is some resistance by those who wield power, the transition to more openness cannot be stopped.
The minister said the transition is facing problems as those in key positions are still not ready for more transparency. “There is transition everywhere now, transition to this transparency revolution. India is not ready, Indian society is not ready, politicians, business people, bureaucrats, journalists, armed forces... all those holding key positions in India are still not ready for this transition,” Antony, known for his strong anti- corruption stance, said.
Antony said that while there are “some problems” in this transition period, this is another phase of the Indian democracy. “After a few years, this (resistance) will settle but transition will go on and I am very happy about it,” the minister said. He was speaking to the media after inaugurating a new conference hall at the Press Club of India.
A transparency revolution is on, but India not ready, says Antony
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Anti-corruption mood in the country, says N. Ram

Welfare Organisations for Veterans
Most of these Organisations like AWHO, CSD (I), Military Sponsored Clubs, Sainik Boards, ECHS needs to gear up to meet the aspirations and challenges of the Veterans. Even few ESM Organisations with laudable mission statement on paper do not inspire; as the governing bodies, who wield power do not want to let go- like the sports bodies!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Widows of Military Personnel Continue to be Discriminated

Dear Colleagues,
In the recent past our efforts have been concentrated towards convincing the members of the Rajya Sabha Petitions Committee of the justification and genuineness of OROP for the Defence Forces. Realising that the government reluctance to give us OROP might be based on their apprehension of it provoking a similar demand from other non-Defence employees, we laid adequate emphasis in driving home our uniqueness in the national matrix. From the trend of discussion, questions asked by Committee members and from various other indications, we are very hopeful that the recommendations of the Committee will be favourable to our demand.
We now await the report of the Petitions Committee finding its way to the government and being discussed in the Parliament. In the meantime, veterans with a flair for writing are requested to get OROP related articles published in the media so as the keep the issue on the radar screen and to keep the tempo going.
A letter/reminder sent to Mrs Sonia Gandhi on 07 June 2011 regarding the Service widows’ request to meet her is given below.
Best regards,
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM

07 June 2011
Dear Madam Party President,
I write to renew my request sent vide our letter dated 30 April 2011 (copy attached). The widows of Service personnel continue to suffer the discrimination in not being covered by the pension enhancement announced by the Government as a follow-up of the recommendations made by the Cabinet Secretary’s Committee. You are once again requested to consider giving date and time for receiving the widows’ delegation.
In view of high sensitivity attached to the issue, may I request you to kindly accord priority to it?
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
Lt Gen Raj Kadyan
Smt Sonia Gandhi
Copy to:
Dr Manmohan Singh
Shri AK Antony

30 April 2011
I write this to draw your kind attention to the problem of pension being faced by the widows of Ex Servicemen. As you might be aware, the Cabinet Secretary’s Committee was constituted in 2009 to specifically examine the issue of ‘one rank one pension’ (OROP) for military veterans. While not backing the demand for OROP, the Committee had recommended some enhancement of pensions for personnel other than commissioned officers. This recommendation has since been implemented vide Government of India Ministry of Defence letter No PC 10(1)/2009-D (Pen/Policy) dated 08 March 2010. For some reason the family pension remained uncovered by the above enhancement. This beats logic as all family pensions are to be based on notional pay fixed for Ex Servicemen pensioners from time to time.
This discrimination against the families came as a great shock to the entire community of Ex Servicemen as the neediest segment of pensioners was deprived of even this partial enhancement. I wrote to the Hon’ble PM twice but the family pension has yet not been enhanced. The reply from the government spoke of widows not being covered because the Cabinet Secretary’s Committee had not recommended their inclusion. This amounts to government admitting that they are helpless and cannot overrule recommendations of a subordinate committee that the government itself had constituted.
Singling out the hapless widows has been very unfortunate and betrays lack of sensitivity on the part of the government. It has also caused consternation among the veterans and has become a highly emotive issue. Disenchanted, the widows are looking for empathy from you. They want to come in a delegation to plead their case and present a memorandum to you at 10, Janpath. You are requested to kindly intimate your availability to receive them.
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
Lt Gen Raj Kadyan
Smt Sonia Gandhi
Copy to: Dr Manmohan Singh and Shri AK Antony

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Additional Gratuity for Pre- 2006 Retirees is a Fake Order

1. This office has received numerous queries and petition regarding additional gratuity for pre 96 retirees based on DoPT Office Memorandum No 45/86/97-P & PW (A) dated 04 Dec 04. It is for information to all concerned that this is fake and according clarification was issued by DoPT vide letter No 38/42/2005 – P & PW (F) and the same is pasted below for reference.
2. Hence, It is hereby clarified that there no additional gratuity is being awarded to pre-96 retirees.
Cdr CK Sharma (Retd)
Treasurer, IESM

Additional Gratuity for Pre-1996 Retirees
In pursuance of the Supreme Court Judgement, the Deptt of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, Govt of India, vide their O.M. No 45/86/97-P&PW(A) Pt I, dated 4.12.2004, the Pre-1996 Retirees have been made eligible for receiving additional Gratuity. All those pensioners who are eligible for this benefit may please apply to their respective departments, giving details eg. PPO No, date of retirement, bank details etc.
The Deptt of Pension & Pensioners Welfare O.M. referred above is reproduced below.

No 45/86/97-P&PW(A) Pt I, dated 4.12.2004.
Subject: Implementation of Govt decision on recommendation of the Vth CPC revision of provisions regulating pension.
1. The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. even number dt 27th Oct 1997 on the above subject and to state that para Nos 4.3 & 6 of the above may please be substituted as under:
Para 4.3. In case of all types of gratuity under Rules 49 and 50 of the CCS (pension) Rules, DA admissible on the date of Retirement/ death shall be treated as emoluments alongwith The Emoluments as defined in paragraph 4.1 above, accordingly Rule 50(5) of the Pension Rules shall stand modified to the effect that the emoluments for the purpose of gratuity admissible under this Rule shall be reckoned in accordance with Rule 33 and in addition D.A. admissible on the date of retirement/ death of the government employee shall be treated as emoluments.
Retirement/ Death gratuity Para 6. The maximum limits for all kinds of gratuity under Rule 50 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, shall be Rs 3.5 lakh. Accordingly the first proviso of Rule 50(1)(b) of the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, shall stand modified to effect that the amount of retirement/ death gratuity payable under this Rule shall in no case exceed Rs 3.5 lakh.”
Except for the above, the provisions of O.M. dt 27.10.97 stand.
2. These orders issue with the approval of Ministry of Finance Dept of Expenditure vide their U.O. No 648/E.V/2001 dt 29.10.2001.

1. No and Name of Pensioner
2. No and Name of deceased in case
of family pension
3. Rank of pensioner
4. Date of retirement
5. Record office (or CDA)
6. Original PPO Number
7. Latest Corrigendum PPO if any
8. Previous reference of correspondence if any
9. Postal address, email ID and tele number
10. Bankers through which pension is being received
At the time of my retirement I have been paid Gratuity only based on Basic Pay. Additional Gratuity may please be paid to me for the DA being drawn by me at the time of my retirement, as admissible vide Government of India Letter No 45/86/97 – P&PW(A) dated 04 Dec 2004.
posted by CPC Nath
Notes on some important information for the military personnel both serving and retired

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sainik Welfare- Is there a time frame for automation?

Sainik Welfare- e-Governance initiatives Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:17
The Department interacts with the 14 district offices (Zila Sainik Welfare Offices) and the Directorate office concentrating on Pension emoluments, Banking transactions, World war veteran's pension scheme, application processing for widows grievances, awards, service details of ex-service men & Service persons, flag distribution processing in connection with Armed forces Flag day etc.

Activities ahead
In line with the directions from the Secretary- Kendriya Sainik Board, Department of Sainik Welfare, GOI, all the States should be equipped with Internet facilities for easier and faster communications amongst the Rajya Sainik Board and the Zila sainik boards. The department have to equip its office and 14 Zila Sainik Boards with internet facilities and subsequently with main server to revitalize the Sainik Board organizations.

Comment: Retired Defence Personnel are the most neglected by the MOD and the "Center- State" Sponsored Sainik Boards. The offices function from dingy outlets with cobwebbed roofs and array of dusty files. No information is ever retrievable from the file handling babus. They are generally manned by corrupt personnel selected by the state Governments to siphon off funds. Can automation HELP? We hope so! The indentity card for Soldiers issued by the Zila Board is itself a testimony to its set standard, mission and proficiency.

Col Caveeshar Caring for the underprivileged

We published earlier in the Blog about Col KS Caveeshar (Retd Signals Officer), educating the underprivileged children in NOIDA- conducting classes from his own house click here. He is from 1st JSW course. The latest scanned article published in The Hindustan Times dated 11 Mar 2011 is appended below.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Will the Public Services Delivery Act improve performance of Sainik Boards

Public services delivery Act under consideration: Govt
The government said that multi-pronged action is being taken against corruption and black money in the country, the Prime Minister's office in a press release has outlined various measures taken and proposed in this regard.
These included drafting an effective Lokpal bill, strengthening administrative and legal framework to check black money, declaration of unaccounted wealth as national asset and setting up a special criminal investigation directorate.
The monitoring of frequent visitors to tax havens is being stepped up. The Government further stated that a bill is under consideration to ensure timely and quality public services to the people. (AKS-04/06)
Public services delivery Act under consideration: Govt
Comment: What about Ministers, Bureaucrats and their families who take a joy ride at Government expense to tax havens on the pretence of Official work? Are they being monitored?


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