Thursday, June 30, 2011

Landmark Decision on Reservists Pension- AFT Implementation

Dear All,
There are eleven IAF Airmen who had gone to court for award of pension after they had completed more than 10 years and few days of service each which included regular, reserve and recalled period of service. They had gone to AFT with a plea that they should be awarded pension for their regular service and additional 6 years reserve, totalling more than 15 years which otherwise qualifies for pension for veterans in normal course. AFT gave decision in favour of all these veterans but it was not being implemented.
Air HQ has now conveyed the sanction of the President of India in terms of GOI, MOD, order No 4684/DIR(PEN)/2001 dated 14 August 2001 & 7 Nov 2001 to implement the court order dated 12 Jan 2011 in this case vide letter No Air HQ /41006/SP/363/PA(CC) dated 09 May 2011 asking PCDA (Pension) to issue corr PPO for arrears including 3 years preceding the date of filing the petition on 22 Jul 2009.This letter also mentions that it is issued with the concurrence of Finance Division of MOD vide U O note dated 13 Apr 2011.
Procedural details have also been circulated by AFRO vide their letter dated 23 May 2011 as a follow up asking each of these airman to submit some of the documents including joint photographs etc.
There are many more cases of reservists which are now required to be decided in their favour by this logic but not implemented. This particular case shows that Service HQ has the powers vested in them for implementation of such AFT orders and direct PCDA(P) to issue corr PPOs after completing other formalities.
I am organising a meet of such other airman who are based at Pune sometimes in third week of July 2011 to brief them on this decision and may be initiate their claims for pension.
I could not find both the letters mentioned by Air HQ as authority from the website of PCDA, Allahabad. I have now asked AFRO, New Delhi to send me copies. Once these are read & understood some further action can be taken.
Gp Capt SS Phatak (Retd)
Head Pension Division of IESM, IAF Accounts, 1965-1994

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