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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pension to families of missing personnel : Wait decreased to 6 months from the previously applicable One year

The issue was discussed here on this blog on 14 February 2009.

Families of missing personnel, including those faultily declared deserters but whose whereabouts remain unknown, are eligible for grant of family pension. The family pension in such cases was supposed to commence after one year of lodging of ‘missing report’ with the police under currently applicable orders. This period was however decreased to 6 months by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare after the 6th CPC and the same has now been separately notified by the MoD also. The latest orders to the effect for defence personnel can be accessed by clicking here.

It is however another story that most of our Record Offices remain blissfully unaware of such provisions and continue to deny pension to affected families on the pretext of desertion and ex-parte dismissal under the 3 year / 10 year desertion clause.


Anonymous said...

In fact it should be further reduced.
The family must not be left without any pension even for a day,once the family reports about missing of their spouse.
In case the soldier appears to receive his / her pension; family pension amount already paid to his /her family be deducted/adjusted.

Anonymous said...

Is DR crossing 50% mark going to benefit ESM also ...i.e. any change in Grade Pay,MSP ?

Anonymous said...

Any ESM already received improved disability pension in terms of MOD letter No.17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Policy)/Vol-V dated 15 Feb 2011 ?
Are we required to wait for PCDA(P)circular ?
Wonder how long PCDA(P) is going to take to issue the circular.

Anonymous said...

Again kudos to Maj Navdeep. Another eye opener. Excellent information. Thank you Maj Navdeep.

S.Kanthiah said...

Dear Major Sahib,

It is a wonderful news. Very useful information. It is a pity that many Record offices do not update their knowledge ,thereby harrassing the widows.That is to be avioded.

I thank you once again Sir.
Exwletrust, Tirunelveli-Dist TN.