A two-day Defence Pension Adalat was inaugurated by Mr SK Kohli, IDAS, Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi at the Chopra Auditorium, ASC Centre and College in Bengaluru on September 26, 2016.
Mr SK Kohli in his inaugural address said, considering the popularity of Pension Adalats and their effectiveness, the number of Pension Adalats to be organized every year have been increased. He added that a lot of initiatives have been planned like Jeevan Pramaan (Digital Life Certificate), dedicated pension portal dpdopensioners.org, issue of e-PPOs and dedicated Call Centre for Pensioners. He also stated that all future revisions will be centrally done by the Pension Sanctioning Authorities to eliminate incorrect and non-revision besides delay. He stressed that the endeavor of the Department is to reach out to the pensioners rather than waiting for them to approach the authority.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Praveen Kumar, IDAS, Principal CDA (Pensions), Allahabad stated that there are around 25 lakh defence pensioners / family pensioners in the country and the pre 2006 pensioners constitute around 18 lakh. All efforts are being taken to completely digitize the records and fully computerize the pension sanction activity.
Mr Roshan Lal Negi, IDAS, Controller of Defence Accounts, Chennai and Chairman, Defence Pension Adalat, stated that the present Adalat is the 8th Adalat to be held in the State of Karnataka and the 6th Adalat being organized in Bengaluru. The Adalat has received 890 applications and 297 applications have already been settled. 53 pensioners have benefited financially and the total amount disbursed to the pensioners as a result of intervention of the Adalat is to the tune of Rs.1.57 crores.
Maj Gen KS Nijjar, General Officer Commanding, Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area detailed the various steps taken by the Armed Forces for the welfare of the ex-servicemen and their families.
The highlight of the inaugural function was the presentation of citations/cheques to a few pensioners whose cases were resolved due to the intervention of the Adalat. An arrear of Rs 39.94 lakh was credited to the bank account of Mrs Madhuram Sundaresan. While Mrs Varalakshmi Joseph was given an amount of Rs 31.92 Lakh, Mrs Kunju Kunjamma received a sum of Rs 11.23 Lakh on behalf of her mother Mrs Kunjamma and Ex-Subedar T Thirunavukkarasu received an arrear of Rs 7.22 Lakh. Mrs Seethammal, a 102 years old defence pensioner was also honoured on the occasion.
Maj Gen NS Rajpurohit, Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor of ASC Centre and College was also present on the occasion.