Implementation of Orders of the Armed Forces Tribunal
There is some movement on the implementation of orders of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT). The Ministry of Defence has recently issued implementation instructions for about 249 cases related to disabled and war disabled soldiers. More on the subject can be read through this news-report. Another report can be accessed here.
Appeals filed by the Ministry of Defence against pensions of Honorary Naib Subedars and Honorary Commissioned Officers
Regular readers would be aware of the sordid saga concerning the pensions of Honorary Naib Subedars earlier written about on this blog in June 2013. The Supreme Court has apparently rejected the second round of appeals filed by the Ministry of Defence against such pensioners on 20 May 2015. More information would be provided when the order is made available. The en masse appeals filed against Honorary Captains and Honorary Lieutenants also reportedly met the same fate on 06 May 2015.
Landmark judgement by the Patna High Court on pensions
Just as is the case of pay of serving employees, the Patna High Court in a landmark decision has held that pensions of government employees retiring from senior grades cannot be lower than those retiring from junior grades, irrespective of the date of retirement. In a lucid, sharp and crisp judgement, the Division Bench of the High Court has set aside the decision of the Central Administrative Tribunal which had denied relief to pensioners. The decision can be accessed and downloaded by clicking here.
Letter issued ostensibly for simplification of procedure for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependant parents of service personnel and pensioners
A letter on the above mentioned subject has been issued by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare as a part of simplification process. I would not say more and readers can peruse the said letter in order to fathom how much the process stands simplified.