ANDHRA PRADESH

Defence Pension Adalat to begin tomorrow in Guntur

Brig (Retd.) C.S. Vidyasagar, Director, Sainik Welfare, Hyderabad (extreme right), addressing a press conference in Vijayawada on Tuesday.  

Staff Reporter

‘The two-day event will address longstanding issues confronting ex-servicemen’

VIJAYAWADA: To look into pension-related grievances of ex-servicemen and widows of ex-servicemen, the Department of Sainik Welfare in the State Government will organise a two-day Defence Pension Adalat in Guntur on Thursday and Friday (June 25 and 26).

Core group

“We are aware of some of the problems being faced by ex-servicemen and their families in day-to-day life. Besides their pension woes, the adalat will also try to address other longstanding issues in the presence of a team of officials, comprising Anuradha Mitra, IDAS (Indian Defence Accounts Service), Controller of Defence Accounts, Chennai, and R. Madhavan, adalat officer, also from Chennai,” said Brigadier (Rtd.) C.S. Vidyasagar, Director of the Hyderabad-based Sainik Welfare, at a press conference here on Tuesday.

He said the Chennai-based Controller of Defence Accounts had constituted a core group of officials to study and find a solution to pension-related problems of ex-servicemen. The ex-servicemen having problems could forward their applications, along with supporting documents, to the local Zilla Sainik Welfare Officers who, in turn, would forward them to the adalat officer in Chennai.

Travel fare

A sum of Rs. 3.56 lakhs had been sanctioned for payment of fares for bus or non-A/C second-class train in addition to arrangements for their stay at Guntur for those attending the adalat.

He pointed out that many ex-servicemen and their families were deprived of the benefits of the Sixth Pay Commission approved by the government some eight months ago. “The reasons range from non-availability of software with the pension disbursing bank to some other technical problem,” he said. Brig. (Retd.) Vidyasagar urged all such families to ensure their presence at the adalat to be attended by important officials from the Ministry of Defence, Army Headquarters, New Delhi-based Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), Allahabad-based Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Controller of Defence Accounts, Chennai, Mumbai-based Controller of Defence Accounts (Navy), New Delhi-based Controller of Defence Accounts (Air Force), senior defence services officers from Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington and many other wings.

Major (Retd.) M. Hanumantha Rao, Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer, Guntur district, M. Narender Reddy, Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer, Krishna district and N.V. Nagarajan, Joint Director of the Press Information Bureau were also present at the press meet.