Sunday, September 23, 2012

IESM takes up issue of widows pension

12 September 2012
Dear Mrs Sonia Gandhi,
I draw your kind attention to my letter dated 21 Sep 2011(copy attached) regarding discrimination meted out to the widows when defence pensions were enhanced from 1.7.2009 following recommendations of the erstwhile Cabinet Secretary’s Committee.
On your instructions a delegation of widows had met the Defence Minister on 14 Nov 2011. Within ten days he personally told me on telephone that he has approved the enhancement. However, till date his decision taken under your directions has not been implemented. It is apparently stuck because of objections raised by the Finance Ministry bureaucrats. It is rather unfortunate that we start counting pennies when it comes to releasing the long pending legitimate dues of the weakest section of our society. This is causing great consternation among the Ex Servicemen in the country. Many are asking if it was a crime that their husbands died serving India.
I have been under tremendous pressure from the hapless widows to help get them their dues. They have been fully banking on your empathy and support. They have decided that in case their dues are not given to them by that date, they would come in a delegation of approximately 200 and present a memorandum to you at 10 Jan Path, at 11:30 hours on Sunday 18 November 2012. We do request you to kindly receive their delegation. They have promised to remain dignified and peaceful. I am confident they would be treated with courtesy and respect by the police and by all the agencies/staff involved.
With best regards,
Yours sincerely,
Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
IESM Chairman
262, Sector-17A, Gurgaon – 122 001
Smt Sonia Gandhi
President Indian National Congress and Chairperson UPA
10, Jan Path, New Delhi
Copy to:
Shri AK Antony, Hon’ble Minister of Defence
Police Commissioner, New Delhi – The delegation would follow the Teen Moorti-Akbar Road-10 Jan Path route and would debus to walk for the last 500 metres.

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