Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spanner to Armed Forces Grievances Redressal Commission

It may be recalled that the case ‘Pushpa Vanti Vs Union of India’ was fixed for 07 Feb 2011 before the Hon’ble Supreme Court. This is the case wherein directions were issued to the Central Govt to constitute an Armed Forces Grievances Redressal Commission (click here) and the Union was supposed to apprise the Court of the steps taken in the said direction.

The Solicitor General however reportedly apprised the Court that the Central Govt was taking steps to bring justice to the ‘doorsteps’ of veterans and the Court adjourned the matter for 6 weeks asking the Govt to file an affidavit to the effect apprising the Court as to the details of the same.

It does not seem that the Govt is quite conducive to the idea of giving full effect to the judgement though as on date the directions very much stand till the time modified by the Bench.

The following order was passed by the Bench on 07 Feb 2011
“List after six weeks and by the next date, Learned Solicitor General of India undertakes to file an affidavit stating the details about the machinery which the Central Government plans to improve for addressing the grievances in question. A copy of this order be given to the learned Solicitor General of India today itself.”

Not much can be expected from the MoD's Department of Ex-Servicemen welfare though. The top brass of the said department does not know chalk from cheese and overly relies on the mid-level staff which is known to stone-wall any proactive or productive suggestion relating to the defence services. The pension wing of the department is in shambles, totally understaffed and mired in pessimism of the highest order, with their top man, an officer of the Central Secretariat Service who has remained posted in the MoD for an unusually long period, retiring in March with no replacement in sight (as if it matters !). The said wing also has the unique distinction of burdening the Services Headquarters and overloading the dockets of the Courts with the highest number of unwanted, uncalled for, hopeless litigation with a brazen non-committal attitude which is neither here nor there.
Let us see what magic the Solicitor General comes up with on the next date.
Posted by Navdeep / Maj Navdeep Singh at 5:31 AM
Another Spanner to Armed Forces Grievances Redressal Commission

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