Thursday, July 27, 2017


Veterans are experiencing great difficulties in getting their ECHS smart card for the last past year. And it is informed that it may take another year or so in getting the ECHS Cards because new contract to print the smart cards have not been awarded yet. And also the validity of the ECHS Forms being issued in lieu of smart cards are validated till 2019.

It seems issuing ECHS smart cards to the veterans is not on priority of the ECHS Authorities. As a result veterans are facing many difficulties.

Monday, July 3, 2017


Still there are a large number of veterans who have not received their fresh PPOs inspite of many having approached through e.mails to various organisations. Many have submitted their detailed particulars as desired.
Further, it is not understood why fresh particulars needs to be submitted when complete details of veterans who are drawing pension are already with concerned DPDOs.  Fresh PPOs can be issued through DPDOs instead of individuals applying afresh.

Further also F16 for income tax deduction(TDS) have not been issued to many drawing pension from either DPDOs and Banks thus delaying submission of IT Returns. Same may please be issued alongwith pension payment through respective banks.

Vinod Luthra

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Delinking of qualifying service of 33

Delinking of qualifying service of 33 years -                                                      
Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners( JCOs/ORs and Commissioned Officers) -delinking of qualifying service of 33 years for revised pension: DESW Order No.1(2)/2016-D(Pen/Pol) Government of India Ministry of Defence Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare ...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-ll0 003.
Dated the 06th April, 2016


Sub:- Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - delinking of revised pension
from qualifying service of 33 years.

The undersigned is directed to say that as per Para 4.2 of this Department's OM
of even number dated 1.9.2008 relating to revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners
w.e.f 1.1.2006, the revised pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006, in no case, shall be lower than 50%
of the sum of the minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay thereon
corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. A
clarification was issued vide DoP&PW OM of even number dated 3.10.2008 that the
pension calculated at 50% of the minimum of pay in the pay band plus grade pay would
be calculated at the minimum of the pay in the pay band (irrespective of the pre-revised
scale of pay) plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale.
2. Several petitions were filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal
Bench, New Delhi inter alia claiming that the revised pension of the pre-2006
pensioners should not be less than 50% of the minimum of the pay band + grade pay,
corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which pensioner had retired, as arrived
at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to Ministry of Finance, Department of
Expenditure OM No. 1I112008-ICdated 30th August, 2008. Hon'ble CAT, Principal
Bench, New Delhi vide its common order dated 1.11.2011 in OA No.65512010 and
three other connected OAs directed to re-fix the pension of all pre-2006 retirees w.e.f.
1.1.2006 based on the Resolution dated 29.8.2008 of the Department of Pension &
Pensioners' Welfare and in the light of the observations of Hon'ble CAT in that order.
3. Orders were issued vide this Department's OM of even number dated 28.1.2013
for stepping up of pension of pre-2006 pensioners w.e.f. 24.9.2012 to 50% of the
minimum of pay in the pay band and grade pay corresponding to pre-revised pay scale
from which the pensioner retired. Para 5 of this OM provides that in case the
consolidated pension/family pension calculated as per para 4.1 of O.M. No.38/37/08-
P&PW (A) dated 1.9.2008 is higher than the pension/family pension calculated in the
manner indicated in the O.M. dated 28.1.2013, the same (higher consolidated
pension/family pension) will continue to be treated as basic pension/family pension.
4. Subsequently, in compliance of the order dated 1.11.2011 of the Hon'ble CAT,
Principal Bench in OA No. 655/2010, order dated 29.4.2013 of Hon'ble High Court of
Delhi in WP (C) No. 1535/2012 and order dated 17.3.2015 of Hon'ble Supreme Court
in SLP (C) No. 36148/2013, order were issued vide this Department's OM of even
number dated 30.7.2015 that the pension/family pension of all pre - 2006
pensioners/family pensioners may be revised in accordance with this Department's
O.M. No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 with effect from 1.1.2006 instead of


Friday, March 18, 2016

ASHRAY_ Check your pension details

Veterans can now check their pension details and profile on

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Veterans community including families of the martyred are by and large are happy and satisfied for OROP declaration by the present government. Almost every one has received his dues baring a few anomalies  which hope will be settled because of their good intentions.

Raksha Mantri Sh. Manohar Parikar has done a lot for the Defence Forces. Although it was the rights of the veterans but somebody like him was needed to bring it to logical   conclusion. We remain thankful to him.

Some of our senior most veteran officers have some issues but they must give some time to the govt.

Wish their grievances are taken into account.

Jai Hind Jai jaw an...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A word of thanks to the members and readers

I, Vinod Luthra, thank all the members of this blogs and readers for viewing and offering their views and suggestions. It encourage me to update and accommodate the view of the members and its viewers.
Thanks and regarded for the support.

Vinod Luthra

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Veterans of all the military wings have represented their demand for OROP but neither this govt.has will nor any priority for this.

There was no scare city of funds because lot of funds have gone into corruption and populous schemes like MNREGA or food security. And now they will be needing the funds for general/as sly election. So the OROP have taken a back seat till election.                                        

But this govt.still have a chance to announce as policy in principal to be executed by the next govt.

I hope they will grab the opportunity.

18March 2014

Now that the UPA government has agreed to implement OROP, no other government at.the center will be able to implement it immediately  and may find difficultwith different views from its allies so it is important UPA is again voted back to power and given a chance to implement and fulfill its promise of OROP and others.

This is my personal view and not an appeal to vote.

Vinid Luthra

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Revised Pension w.e.f. 24.9.2012(OROP)

The latest revision of pension of ex-servicement w.e.f. 24.9.2012 is a welcome decision of the government to give some reliefe but falls too short of OROP demand of ex-servicemen. It will of course be debated and protested after thorough study of the recommendation of the committee,

The latest revised pay structure is available on 'suvigya' (click on the link on the left of this blog)

Please write your comments/suggestions here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A General and a Sepoy

Have you ever come across an incidence when a General is working shoulder to shoulder with rather working under the guidance of a Sepoy. This is not the beauty of our democracy but of the discipline, dedication and humbleness of our Armed forces and coordination between the ranks.There are many Armed forces associations of ex-servicemen where officers and other ranks work shoulder to shoulder.but a General working under the guidance of a Sepoy is unique.

I salute to Gen. VK Singh who has set an example as an honest officer for the cause he feels to the closest of his heart while in service and continued his commitment even after his retirement unlike many others who refrained from it for want of some material benefits from the government He is an inspiration and motivation for the younger officers of the Armed Forces.

A picture perfect A General(V K Singh) sitting with a Sepoy (Anna Hazare) sitting on the same dais for the same cause - Anti corruption movement. 

I wish them as well all those working with them for the sole cause - removal of corruption from public life and inculcation of discipline among the people, good luck.

Jai Hind..