Saturday, January 14, 2017

Government committed to Veterans’ Welfare: Dr. Bhamre

The Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre has categorically stated that the Government is sensitive to the issues and concerns of Ex-Servicemen and all possible steps are being taken to mitigate their grievances. He also appealed to Ex-Servicemen community to utilize the available official forums like Army Veteran Portal to express their problems and seeking redressal of them through official channels.

Addressing the Inaugural Armed Forces Veterans’ Day function at Delhi Cantonment, today, Dr. Bhamre said “Veterans are an essential part of the Armed Forces family who are the keepers of our values and culture and it is our duty to respect and honour them as they are an unbreakable link between the present and the past.” He assured the veterans and their widows that the Central and State Governments and all the Service Headquarters are fully committed to look after them.

Dr. Bhamre in his speech dwelt upon different welfare measures taken by the Government for the well-being of the Veterans. He mentioned that last year some important steps were taken like establishment of the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans at Delhi Cantt and the process of establishing a veteran vertical in each Area and Sub-Area level has begun to look after their welfare. The Minister informed that every year Ex-Servicemen rallies are organised to look after the pension grants and health needs of Veterans and their dependents and 102 such rallies were successfully organised last year.

The Minister said, the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi implemented One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, a demand which was pending for implementation for the last more than 40 years. The current position on disbursement of OROP arrears as on 27 December 2016 are as follows:- 1st instalment amounting to 3,994.49 crore has been disbursed to 19,69,385 Ex-Servicemen, while 2ndinstalment amounting to 2,290.72 crore has been disbursed to 15,54,849 Ex-Servicemen. The total number of Ex-Servicemen eligible for OROP are 20,72,457.

The Minister particularly stressed upon the Skill Development of Veterans so that they can contribute effectively to the nation by starting a new innings in their career. He also stated that the ECHS, through its polyclinics all over India and Nepal is working effectively for the health care of the Ex-Servicemen.

The function was attended by many Ex-Chiefs of the three Services and serving Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal SB Deo, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen Satish Dua amongst hundreds of Armed Forces Veterans.


(SOURCE : Press Information Bureau, GoI/MoD)


  1. Another lecture,by a politician .Bahoot sunliya Mere bhai,
    abhi tho bus karo

    1. You have expressed the feelings of all veterans in a few short words.

  2. The Minister particularly stressed upon the Skill Development of Veterans so that they can contribute effectively to the nation by starting a new innings in their career. -So we are non skilled people.

  3. Sir, please try to give stress on core issues of Ex-Servicemen are facing, mainly re-employment, Pension anomalies ect.. Jai Hind..

  4. It is strange to see that none of us has spoken on food's quality being served to Indian troops. Secondly our demand for OROP is diluted especially for PBORs but we couldn't do something.
    The key problem of above two situations is that everything is being leaded by or represented by only officers not by PBORs. We had been victim and will remain in years to come until we strongly raise our voices and leads to resolve our problem by own efforts rather depending on officers. For that we need to create a separate organisation headed by PBOR.

  5. @anonymous....Make a L/Nk COAS....You can not be a soldier..but if you are then you are a disgrace not only to Defence forces but for this country as well.

  6. Anonymous:you can wake up a sleeping person not one who pretends to

  7. Dr. Bhamre, can you tell us which Government since independence has not been shouting their commitment for the welfare of the veterans from atop the Red Fort, Parliament and n number of places ?? Talk less and act soon on the anomalies of 7th CPC ( and earlier CPCs ) . Where is and what happened to justice Reddy commission report ??

  8. Whether OROP is diluted or not, but we should think whether Pension review should be along with Pay commission and in between twice or thrice so that the OROP meaning full.

  9. Narinder Singh ParmarJanuary 16, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Fed up listening this word
    "COMMITTED" since 1947. Please
    answer only one question that is
    There any welfare body for veterans
    Headed by veteran?