Peanuts pension plan? A retired havaldar with 24 years of service to get only Rs.461 more per month

By Jugal Purohit

The central government has set aside Rs.2,300 crore to meet the demands of ex-servicemen, fighting for increment in their pension and other retirement benefits.

Of this sumptuous amount, however, the share of an ex-Army havaldar with a service of 24 years (and equivalents in the navy & air force) will be a measly Rs.461 per month.

This arithmetic was revealed after this correspondent accessed the current internal working sheets of the Ministry of Defence. The government, without revealing the precise calculations in its announcement on September 24, 2012, had claimed that it was setting aside Rs.2,300 crore to meet the demands of the ex-Defence personnel.

The break-up of this big promise, however, has been a shocker for ex-servicemen who were hoping for remarkable improvement in their pension and other benefits. What’s more distressing is the fact that three months have passed since the announcement but the government is yet to pass an order to operationalise even this miniscule a rise.

The work sheets are divided between officers and those below, referred to as other ranks (OR). The plan, when implemented, will allow a monthly hike of Rs.1,500 to Rs.4,105 in the pension of officers, depending on their ranks, who retired before 2006. The ORs who retired before 2006, meanwhile, would be entitled to a monthly hike between Rs.377 and Rs.461.

“It is shameful. These men fought the LTTE in Sri Lanka in the 80s, militants in J& K in the 90s and the Kargil War,”said an officer aware of the internal workings. An announcement has no meaning unless a government order is issued. An insider said: “There have been constant reminders on this but to no avail. We don’t know whether the government is nervous or there is a goof-up but this delay is inexplicable.”Veterans responded with outrage at the revelation of the government’s calculations.

Major (retd) Navdeep Singh, an expert on pension related issues, said: “The government is only partially implementing what the courts have told it to do a long time ago and claiming credit for it.”Commander (retd) R. W. Pathak, from the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, said: “Till date, there was a lack of sincerity in the government’s approach. Now, there is also lack of accountability. The babus of the ministry are denying benefits to those who gave the best years of their lives to the nation.”Flying Officer (retd) Rustom Patel, who participated in the 1971 war, said the government’s attitude will deter those who wish to make their career in the armed forces.

Defence Minister A. K. Antony, however assured that the government remained committed and will soon issue the order.

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2 thoughts on “Peanuts pension plan? A retired havaldar with 24 years of service to get only Rs.461 more per month”

  1. Govt don’t want full orop as they already removed pension table on the recommendations of civilian babus. Due to non availability of pension table theri is not possible full orop for personnel now being retiring then how it can possible for pre 2006 pensioners?

  2. Sir, I Ex/No 13953712A Hav C Venkat Reddy, retired from AMC on 30 Nov 2008, completed with 26 years and 17 days unbalanced service after retirement i granted a Honory naib subedar, after 6 cpc those are individual completed 26 yrs of service get directly ACP naib subedar, but till the date i can’t receive ACP, but one thing, during service i permaently unwilling for ongoing senior cadre course in 1998, if i pass said course in can’t promoted naib subedar due to averaged. So on that time there is no ACP rules,
    This is for your information and take positive action please.
    C V Reddy
    My Mobile No. 09963935583

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