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Friday, 17 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

AFVAI Meeting in Punjab

MEGA EVENT OF AFVAI VETERANS AT TALWANDI SABHO, BHATINDA (PUNJAB) ON 12 NOV, 2017

            We have a pleasure to communicate to the honourable members of AFVAI that Talwandi Sabho, Bhatinda (Punjab) witnessed gathering of more than 120 veterans including 10 Veer Naris on 12 Nov, 2017. The whole event which we can describe as” Mega Event” was facilitated by the strenuous efforts of Mr. GS Dhariwal, The District president of Bhatinda under the able guidance of Mr. Harbansh Singh, The Honourable Vice Chairman of AFVAI. It was a matter of satisfaction for us that 44 new veterans took membership of AFVAI and the whole event was covered by the local media with a view to highlighting the problems of ex-servicemen community. The Honourable Chairman was given an opportunity to elaborate to the participants the various problems and their solutions as well as steps taken by AFVAI leadership to bring those hardships to the knowledge of higher authorities through precise communications. The Gen Secretary, Mr. Diwan  Singh was competent enough to answer the various queries raised by the participants and suggested ways how to tackle problems at local level and if not tackled at local level the same to be bundled up in a lot and be sent to central leadership through the state president for onward submission to related authority. Some such untackled problems were collected including the one related to dual family pension which has been unresolved since 24.09.2012.

              It would be unthankful on our part if we fail to eulogize the efforts of the whole Punjab unit of which the president, the vice-President, the District Presidents, Secretaries and under-secretaries as well as members blessed the occasion with their presence under the able guidance of the vice chairman.

             The mega event terminated with a vow to be united for this cause and show full zeal to muster more members and arrange such mega events in future.

            The central leadership congratulates the whole Punjab unit for such vigour for the cause of ex-servicemen fraternity. Many, Many thanks to the Punjab Unit!.

Kind Regards
G.S.Sidhu
Chirman AFVAI

Diwan Singh
Gen. Secy. AFVAI

Friday, 10 November 2017

CLARIFICATION REGARDING LETTER NO-F-No-3(8)/2013/D(Pension)/Legal

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CLARIFICATION REGARDING LETTER NO-F-No-3(8)/2013/D(Pension)/Legal


AFVAI New Delhi 
<afvaindia@gmail.com>
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 at 9:29 AM
To: RM Nirmala Sitaraman <rmo@mod.nic.in>, "Under Secy. Shri Manoj Sinha" <us-pen-pol@desw.gov.in>, "Jt. Secy. DESW" <jsesw@nic.in>

The Honourable Defence Minister                      11 Nov, 2017
MOD, Govt. of India
Under Secretary Sh. Manoj Sinha Ji
Jt. Secretary, DESW Sh. Ravi Kant Ji

Dear Sir,

CLARIFICATION REGARDING LETTER NO-F-No-3(8)/2013/D(Pension)/Legal , GOVT OF INDIA , MOD, DESW Dated 30.10.2017

            We are the veterans of AFVAI (Armed Forces Veterans Association of India) formed of ex Jco,s , Or,s and and honorary commissioned officers to look into the welfare measures of ex-servicemen and registered under  Society Act 1860 Registration No- society west-2016-8901939.

            We feel honoured to submit our request to your good self to clarify the vagueness created in the above -mentioned letter. We submit that the letter contains two paradoxical propositions and the same is enumerated below:-

1.  The cases cited at ser 1 (a) and 1(b) clearly mentions that the pre-2006   petitioners filed case for the benefits of the letter No-1(8)/2008-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12 June, 2009  wherein nowhere was mentioned that the letter relates to post-2006 but the benefits were given to post-2006 only thereby depriving pre-2006 cases from the benefits. It compelled the pre -2006 veterans to challenge the same letter in AFT where they won and ultimately endorsed by honourable Supreme Court. The moment, the SC extended benefits of the letter to the petitioners on the basis of the said letter, the applicability of the letter automatically goes to pre-2006 and it becomes a matter of universal application. We strongly feel that THE SC ENDORSEMENT OF THE BENEFITS OF THE SAID LETTER TO THE PRE-2006 PETITIONERS MAKES IT A GENERAL LETTER AND BE APPLIED UNIVERSALLY.

2.   The guidelines given at ser -3 to service HQs wherein two words have been used as “Conditional Sanction and Absolute Sanction” restrict the letter to certain categories and deprive thereby the universal application of the letter. One letter cannot have two contradictory dictums and thereby creating uttermost confusion.

We, therefore request you to clarify whether this letter is universal or restricted to petitioners only when the highest court of the land has extended benefits of the letter to pre-2006 cases and thereby making the letter universal. We strongly feel and request you to issue a letter specifically mentioning that the letter will be applied universally to pre-2006 cases so that we are saved from going round the courts and wasting money on trifles.

   Kindly look into this problem and solve it to the benefits of the brave-hearts by making this letter a general letter.
Thanking you sir.


Yours Faithfully                                          Yours Faithfully
(Hon Nb Sub GS Sidhu)                            (Nb sub Diwan Singh)
Chairman                                                   General Secretary
AFVAI                                                         AFVAI           
(9810233443)                                            (9811522783)

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

IMPLEMENTATION OF ORDER OF HON'BLE COURTS/AFTs IN PRE-2006 RETIRE HAVILDARS GRANTED HONY RANK OF NB SUB CASES

Government Of India
Ministry Of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
D (Pension/Legal)
Sena Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 30th October,2017
To
The chief of the Army Staff
Subject: Implementation of orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs in pre-2006 retiree Havildars granted Hony Rank of Nb Sub Cases.
The Hon’ble supreme Court in the following cases has decided:-
(a) Ex Hav (Hony Nb Sub) Virender Singh & 4 Ors. Who retired prior to 01.01.2006, filed OA No.42/2010 before Hon’ble AFT (RB) Chandigarh seeking the benefits of fitment in the pay grade of Nb Sub in accordance with Government of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.1(8)/2008-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12 June 2009. The Hon’ble AFT, vide its order dated 08 February,2010 ordered to grant the benefit to the petitioners with instructions to release the entitlement of pension and arrears w.e.f. 01.01.2006. Civil Appeal filed by the UOI to assail AFT order dated 08 February,2010 was dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 13 December,2010.
(b) In a similar case, Civil Appeal No.4677/2014 was filed by the UOI in the Hon’ble supreme court in Ex Hav (Hony NB Sub) Subhash Chander Soni’s (OA 3305/2013) case. Hon’ble Supreme court vide its order dated 20 May 2015 has dismissed the appeal and held that “we are not inclined to entertain this appeal, which is dismissed accordingly.”
2. In view of the above judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court, matter for implementation of orders of Hon’ble Courts/AFTs in respect of Armed Forces Personnel in Hony Nb Sub cases was taken up with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for consideration. Deptt. of Expenditure has agreed to implement those orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs.
3. Accordingly, I am directed to convey the approval of Competent Authority in Ministry Of Defence for implementation of orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs in Pre-2006 retiree Havildars granted Hony rank of Nb Sub cases, by Service Hqrs. as under:-
a) Service Hqrs may implement the orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs in Hony Nb Sub cases by issuing absolute sanction keeping in view of the orders of Hon’ble Apex court, quoted at para 1 above.
b) In those Hony Nb Sub Cases in which conditional sanctions have been issued by the Service Hqrs. with the approval of competent authority in MoD, Service Hqrs may convert conditional sanction into absolute sanction at their level with the approval of competent authority at Service HQ. No interest shall be payable as per Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 20.05.2015 in the case of UOI Vs Subhash Chander Soni.
4. The benefit regarding grant of pension of Naib Subedar to pre-2006 retired Havildars who were granted Honorary rank of Naib Subedar after their retirement, as ordered by the Courts/AFTs, would be applicable only in case of revision of pension as indicated in MoD order No 1(8)/2008-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12.06.2009 and not for retirement gratuity, encashment of leave, composite transfer grant etc.
5. The amount involved on account of implementation of Court/AFT orders will be booked under charged expenditure.
6. This issues with concurrence of Department of Expenditure, Ministry Of Finance vide I.D.Note No.140/E-V/2017 dated 05.06.2017 and MoD (Fin/Pen) U.O.No.10(6)/2012/Fin/Pen/2012 dated 08.09.2017.
(Ajay Kumar Agrawal)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tele:23015650

Kind Regards
G.S.Sidhu
Chairman
AFVAI

Saturday, 21 October 2017

VETS JOINED AFVAI

        VETS JOINED AFVAI
       
S. NO RANK             NAME I/CARD NO
1 SGT GAJRAJ SINGH RJ - 6023
2 JWO ROHIT PRASAD SAHU MH - 6024
3 WO SACHCHIDA NAND MH - 6025
4 JWO DILBAG SINGH PB - 2541
5 H.CAPT   GOVIND B PANDEY DL - 3407
6 JWO M00L CHAND RAJORIA RJ - 3408
7 SEP UDEY SINGH RJ - 3409
8 WIDOW BARMAH DEVI  W/O SEP RJ - 3410
    OM PRAKASH  
9 NK SAHAB SINGH RJ - 3411
10 HAV DURG PAL SINGH RJ - 3412
11 WIDOW INDRA DEVI W/O HAV RJ - 3413
    SOBA RAM SINGH  
12 SEP MADAN KUMAR RANA HP - 3414


Kind regards
G.S.Sidhu
Chairman
AFVAI

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN




MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN

Respected Veterans,

On the behalf of office bearers of Armed Forces Veterans Association of India (AFVAI), I wish all the members and their family a very happy Diwali. I pray this Diwali may bring new lights of joy and happiness in your home.

Special wishes for the happy and healthy Diwali for our serving soldiers (Real hero of the Nation) who are guarding our borders day and night and working hard for the Nation. Due to your hard work and sincerity our country is shining like a star in the whole world.We wish happy, healthy and prosperous Diwali for you and your families who will be celebrating Diwali while you are on duty.

We also pray for happy life for the families of those brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the security of the Nation .Vacuums created due to the loss of their lives can never be filled up, only blessings of almighty God will work.We salute to the departed souls.

Dear veterans in the coming days we have lot of work to do. Our veterans including widows are facing lot of pension related problems which can only be solved if we are united.We must be cooperative with each other,otherwise our coming generations will not pardon us. AFVAI a registered organisation consist of only retired JCOs, ORS and Hon commissioned officers and equivalent of Navy and Airforce from all over India. AFVAI is working very hard for the welfare of our veterans and widows and it is a very good platform for we all. I request you all please join us to make our efforts more effective. AFVAI will leave no stone unturned for the welfare of veterans and widows.

I request you all, forget what happened in the past and work together to solve our pension related problems for the good future of veterans, widows and coming generations.

Thanks & Regards.
GS SIDHU 
Chairman AFVAI 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Letter sent to Joint Director CSD

Joint Director,                                  13.10.2017
Canteen Services,
Army headquarters,
Quartermaster General's Branch,
Dy Director General Canteen Services,
New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,

IMPROVEMENT IN CSD CANTEEN FUNCTIONING, ATTITUDE AND ADMINISTRATION

                       We are the veterans of AFVAI (Armed Forces Veterans Association of India) formed of ex Jco,s , Or,s and and honorary commissioned officers to look into the welfare measures of ex-servicemen and registered under  Society Act 1860 Registration No- society west-2016-8901939.

                        We feel honoured to submit some genuine grievances of retired soldiers especially of PBOR with regard to CSD cantten hurdles. We as a registered organisation have been receiving complaints from our members and from those who are not our members but have a genuine reason to complain. Recently, AFVAI held its AGM on 17.09.2017 and many participants narrated their plights in CSD canteen and whole AGM of AFVAI was of the view that a letter be written to your benign kindness highlighting therein the problems being faced and possible solutions.

PROBLEMS FACED AND REDRESSAL THEREOF

1.       It is observed that in all the CSD canteens that retired officers are blessed with separate queues but JCOs are made to line up with Ors. It is suggested that the queue system is entirely dispensed with or retired JCOs are allotted a separate counter to end this disparity in canteens.   

2.       The situation becomes very embarrassing when no Tags are put for separate queues for JCOs & Ors & Officers and when the cash clerk refuses to attend saying that “this is not your queue”.

3.       It is seen that some very old retired soldiers and some acutely disabled retired veteran visit canteen and there is no helper provided for these people by the canteen.  It was reported in our  AGM that  some canteen provide helpers but majority of them do not, Moreover, it becomes funny when such persons are asked to produce  medical certification or age proof beyond 80 yrs. It is a matter of administration and attitude and requires improvement.

4.       A very funny and uncalled for situation arises when a smart card holder is not entertained in a canteen saying that the card holder does not belong to their location. The smart cards are issued and maintained centrally and smart card holder has a right to avail the facility of grocery and liquor from any canteen pan India. It is suggested that the defaulters are given a strict warning to provide proper service.

5.        All the available articles are not placed in display and it needs improving. As a result, most of the time the urgently needed items become unavailable. The limit in the card is unused.  Again a matter of administration and attitude. Many articles are unsold since these are not preferred by the veterans                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
6.     In some cases, CSD canteen staff has been found commenting about the misuse of items by the veterans and behaving like a policeman. This attitude if it is there is derogatory and the staff needs proper training in behavioural science. It is being reported from some sources that the unused items are withdrawn by the staff and misused even selling them in the market for profit. To overcome this problem, strict audit is required.

7.        It was reported that retired soldiers live in remote and far flung areas and are unable to use the facilities of CSD canteen.  To overcome this problem, it is suggested that all the canteens be instructed to provide items of grocery and liquor to all those who visit their canteen casually. Mobile vans can also be arranged for this purpose under strict supervision. One more suggestion is that the retired soldiers are given license like Mother dairy to sell canteen items at Tehsil or Block level.

  FEELING OF THE RETIRED COMMUNITY.

          Many of the veterans in the AGM were of the view that this problem of administration and attitude can be overcome if the Government removes the working staff from there by replacing them with the retired soldiers in the canteen on the basis of their competence as today we have a large number of computer savvy veterans to run canteens. We are moving towards digital India where skill development programmes are going on and retired soldiers can be trained to assume this duty. This will also solve a little the problems of unemployment of veterans.

          Kindly take necessary action to improve this segment as per the wishes of the brave hearts of this great nation.

 Thanking you sir.


Yours Faithfully                                                                  
(Nb sub Diwan Singh)
General Secretary
AFVAI (9811522783)
afvaindia@gmail.com


Friday, 6 October 2017

HARMONIOUS E-PPO: DESIGN, FORMAT AND COMREHENSIVE CONTENTS

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HARMONIOUS E-PPO: DESIGN, FORMAT AND COMREHENSIVE CONTENTS

AFVAI New Delhi <afvaindia@gmail.com>Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 9:03 AM
To: "Under Secy. Shri Manoj Sinha" <us-pen-pol@desw.gov.in>, "Jt. Secy. DESW" <jsesw@nic.in>, RM Nirmala Sitaraman <rmo@mod.nic.in>

The Honourable Defence Minister         07 Oct, 2017
MOD, Govt. of India
Under Secretary Sh. Manoj Sinha ji
Jt. Secretary, DESW Sh. Ravi Kant Ji

Dear Madam/Sir,

      HARMONIOUS E-PPO:  DESIGN, FORMAT AND   COMREHENSIVE CONTENTS

            We are the veterans of AFVAI (Armed Forces Veterans Association of India) formed of ex Jco,s , Or,s and and honorary commissioned officers to look into the welfare measures of ex-servicemen and registered under  Society Act 1860 Registration No- society west-2016-8901939.

            We feel honoured to submit the following for your kind consideration to look into design, format and comprehensive contents of E-PPO. We also felt pleasure when Govt. of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure issued letter No –CPAO/Tech/e-PPO/2013-14/73 dated 26.06.2013 whereincitizen centric e-governance initiative was taken to address and redress the problems and grievances concerning authorization and disbursement of pension and pensionary related matters and related instructions have also been issued in letter No- CPAO/Tech/e-PPO/2013-14/57 dated 03.06.2013. As we are moving in an Era of “DIGITAL INDIA” wherein each and every aspect in digital form is expected to be of high accuracy and precision covering all the required details comprehensively to accommodate possible inclusions.

     Keeping in view the very purpose of e-PPO as enunciated above, we feel that the e-PPO issued require some additions with certain change in design and format. When we went through one Format of PPO sent to RO to feed the data and then return the same to PSAs, the following shortcoming were noticed.

1. The data that has been asked is only for entry level and last level as is in the current PPOs. It is nothing but repetition of the same defects we have been facing today since it does not include the details of intermediary levels. The data of PBOR is very complicated and require utmost attention while preparing format consummating all the details needed for this purpose. The glaring example is the details required for Pension option No-1. We therefore request you to prepare a chart on the back of e-PPO containing complete details of a PBOR,s entry level pay with increments in different designations till his retirement.

 2. Simultaneously, it is felt that there has been a plethora of circulars such as cir 555 on orop, cir 568 on DL-33, Cir-430, and cir 501 and so many. It is very difficult for all the PBORs to know their entitlements. Only officers and few PBOR know about their pension and arrears. They are content with what they are given by pension disbursing agencies. It deprives them of their right to know about their details of monetary benefits. We request you to comprehend all the details in e-PPO date-wise so that a layman even an uneducated widow may get her right to know about her pension.

3.   It may also please be considered that all the legal heirs are shown as NOK in e-PPO in order of precedence so that future hurdles are avoided in case of death of any of the NOKs.

4.  It is urgently felt by all the PBORs that the e-PPOs are issued to us at war footing so that our mental tension is relieved or should be printable at PDAs since they should be authorized to access through a key.

      We hope that your good self will pay attention to our entreaties and resolve it to the fullest satisfaction of brave hearts of this great nation.

Your Faithfully                                  Yours Faithfully
(Hon Nb Sub GS Sidhu)                  (Nb sub Diwan Singh)
Chairman                                         General Secretary
AFVAI   (9810233443)                     AFVAI (9811522783)
E-Mail – afvaindia@gmail.com


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