From: prabhjot singh [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 04 September 2010 00:38
To: Kamboj Chander
WRONG DISBURSMENT OF DEFENCE PENSION TO OLD PENSIONERS AND WIDOWS.
Dear Veteran Kamboj, Regards.
Efforts being made by all the NGOs under the guidance of IESM for 'One Rank One Pension' are highly appreciable but I would wish to request through 'Report My Signal', all the NGOs working for the welfare of the ex-servicemen to spare a few movements to dig and find out whether the pension, already being received by the old veterans and widows, is being disbursed correctly by the pension disbursing authorities.
A survey conducted by a joint team of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Association (Regd.) and Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab & Chandigarh has revealed shocking results.
War widow of Flt. Lt. Gurbax Singh Ahuja of 1965 fame has been receiving the pension of mere Rs. 3500/- PM only without an element of dearness allowance instead of Liberalized Pension of about Rs. 20,000/- PM till May last in spite of the fact that she has been knocking at the door of Pension Sanctioning Authority i.e. Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension), Allahabad through all concerned since 1987.
Now with the intervention of IESL, Punjab & Chandigarh, her pension (Ordinary) has been increased to Rs. 8310/= (basic) + Dearness Allowance @ 35% w.e.f. 01-01-2006 by the concerned pension disbursing authority pending the case of granting Liberalized Pension by Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension), Allahabad. The widow has received an amount of Rs. 4 lakhs as arrear with this revision.
A letter dated 19-08-2010 by Air Headquarter, New Delhi addressed to Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension), Allahabad has duly supported the entitlement of Liberalized Pension to the said war widow. As such, the pension of widow is expected to be revised by PCDA (P), Allahabad and she is likely to be granted Liberalized Pension of about Rs. 20,000/-PM with an arrear of Rs. 28-30 lakh after more than four decades with the recent efforts being made by this organization.
This is not a solitary case of wrong disbursment of Defence Pension. A widow of Sub. Gurdial Singh of a village near Amloh (now district Fatehgarh Sahib) has been receiving the pension of Sepoy's widow till August, 2009 i.e. two months before her death. Similarly, Sub. Sher Singh of Patiala State Forces has been receiving Sepoy's pension till a few months before his death in 2008. IESL Punjab & Chandigarh has been instrumental in getting their pension revised to correct amount.
The association has instructed its State & District Presidents to check the pensions of old widows, especially war widows to ascertain that they are receiving the correct amount of pension.
Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.
Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Association (Regd.)