Wednesday, December 7, 2022

E-mail ID of various Officials : Useful for ESM

Dr. Km. Gurpreet Kaur (CDA) 


PCDA Pensions Draupadi ghat, Allahabad 

Email Address: 

Contact   Number: 05322421867

Mr. Dharmendra Kumar Singh (Contact Number: 9389075910) and

Mr. Anshuman Sharma (Contact Number: 9936691809)

SPARSH Nodal Officer (Air Force) 


PCDA Pensions Draupadi ghat, Allahabad 

Email Address: 

Contact Number: 9389075910, 9936691809


1. PCDA (P) Prayagraj (head) :

2. SPARSH Call Centre:

3. JCDA (Air Force):

4.  JCDA, AF (CDA):,

5. CGDA:,

6. CGDA:  

7. CGDA (grievances):

8. Financial Advisor and Joint Secretary Defence Finance:

9. Financial Advisor (Defence Finance):       

10. Principal advisor (Defence Finance):    

11. Pension Adalat:

12. Principal Director DAV:

13. DAV Directorate of Air Veterans:,


15. Department of Military Affairs:

16. Defence Ministry II:

17. Defence Ministry:

18. Secretary (Dept. of Ex-servicemen welfare):

19. Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare:

20. Secretary Kendriya Sainik Board:

21. Joint Director (Grievances) KSB:

22. Deputy Secretary (CPENGRAMS):

23. Under Secretary (Co-ordination/CPENGRAMS):

24. Prime Minister’s Office:

25. Under Secretary (Petition) President’s Secretariat:

(Source : Via Whatsapp by JWO Narayanareddy Vet)




Wednesday, September 28, 2022

New Chief Of Defence Staff (CDS) Is Lt General Anil Chauhan PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM.

Lt General Anil Chauhan PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, is new CDS. He is presently military advisor to the NSA Ajit Doval who heads NSCS.

He retired in May 2021, will be 62 years in May 2023.
Ideologically perfect!

Friday, September 16, 2022

Supreme Court grants Centre time till 15 December 2022 to implement OROP

The request for more time was opposed by the original petitioner in the case, Indian Ex Servicemen Movement, which challenged the OROP scheme before the Supreme Court in 2016

The Supreme Court gave the Centre three more months, noting that it had made some progress since March 16 when it passed the OROP order. (HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court gave the Centre three more months, noting that it had made some progress since March 16 when it passed the OROP order. 

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Centre time till December to implement the one rank one pension (OROP) scheme after being told by the government that re-fixation of pension is a “time consuming” process.

The Centre moved an application for a three-month extension in June, just before the expiry of the deadline set by the Supreme Court in its March 16 ruling that cleared the OROP scheme.

A bench of justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and Hima Kohli allowed the Centre’s application as it noted that some progress had been made since the passing of the order. The application assured the bench that the government was “taking earnest steps” to comply with the court’s directions which require Cabinet approval.

It was pointed out that the mandatory inter-ministerial consultations have been completed and a cabinet note drafted. After completing other formalities, the cabinet note will be sent for approval to the Cabinet Secretariat. “After the approval of the Cabinet, various types of pension tables will be required to be prepared by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), which is also a time-consuming process,” the Centre said in its application.

Additional solicitor general (ASG) N Venkataraman told the court that though three months have passed since the filing of this application, the government still required a further time of three months.

Acceding to the Centre’s request, the bench was willing to extend the time till December 31 but later modified it by saying three months from today. The three-month period will end by December 15.

The request for more time was opposed by the original petitioner in the case, Indian Ex Servicemen Movement, which challenged the OROP scheme before the Supreme Court in 2016. Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi appearing for the petitioner along with advocate Balaji Srinivasan told the court that the retired armed forces personnel have been deprived of the arrears payable to them under the OROP since its launch on November 7, 2015.

The scheme envisaged the re-fixation of pension after every five years. This process was to be done in the year 2019 but this wasn’t done since the matter was pending in court.

In its March judgment, the court said, “We order and direct that in terms of the communication dated November 7, 2015, a re-fixation exercise shall be carried out from July 1, 2019, upon the expiry of five years. Arrears payable to all eligible pensioners of the armed forces shall be computed and paid over accordingly within a period of three months.”

The challenge to the OROP by the petitioner organization and individual ex-servicemen was on two counts. They wanted an automatic revision of pension instead of a five-year periodic revision and even challenged the arbitrary cut-off of July 1, 2014, for determination of pension which put those who retired prior to this date at a disadvantage.

The court did not accept the two demands of the petitioners as it felt that the issue fell purely within the policy domain. The government had informed the court that the estimated budget allocation for defence pensions is 133825 crores representing 28.39% of the total defence budget estimate of 4,71,378 crores for 2020-21. This does not include the budget for salaries, which is 34.89% of the total defence budget estimates for 2020-21.

In its verdict, the court underlined that salaries and pensions accounted for 63% of the defence budget estimates for 2020-2021 and the government was entitled to take into account priorities for modernization of the armed forces and modulate the grant of financial benefits.

(Source : HT)

Friday, September 2, 2022

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi commissions India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi “INS Vikrant is not just a warship. It is a testament to the hard work, talent, influence and commitment of 21st century India” INS Vikrant is a symbol of indigenous potential, indigenous resources and indigenous skills: PM Marking a departure from the colonial past, PM unveiled the new Naval Ensign, dedicates the Ensign to Chhatrapati Shivaji

 Ministry of Defence

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Raksha Mantri terms INS Vikrant as a glowing symbol of an aspirational & self-reliant ‘New India’

“It is testament to our resolve to ensure the safety & security of the nation in the next 25 years”

INS Vikrant will protect the security & economic interests of the country: Shri Rajnath Singh

Showcasing the country’s growing prowess of indigenous manufacturing and a major milestone in the path towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’,PM Shri Narendra Modi commissioned the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) on 02 Sep 22. During the event, the Prime Minister also unveiled the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past and befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage. He dedicated the new ensign to Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Addressing the gathering, the PM said, here on the coast of Kerala, every Indian is witnessing the sunrise of a new future. This event being held on the INS Vikrant is a tribute to the rising spirits of India on the world horizon. He said that today we are seeing a manifestation of the dream of the freedom fighters where they envisioned a capable and strong India. The PM exclaimed “Vikrant is huge, massive, and vast. Vikrant is distinguished, Vikrant is also special. Vikrant is not just a warship. This is a testament to the hard work, talent, influence and commitment of India in the 21st century. If the goals are distant, the journeys are long, the ocean and the challenges are endless – then India's answer is Vikrant. The incomparable Amrit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is Vikrant. Vikrant is a unique reflection of India becoming self-reliant.”

Commenting on the new mood of the nation, the PM said, no challenge is too difficult for today’s India. He said “today, India has joined those countries in the world, which manufacture such a huge aircraft carrier with indigenous technology. Today INS Vikrant has filled the country with a new confidence, and has created a new confidence in the country.” The Prime Minister acknowledged and praised the contribution of the Navy, engineers of Cochin Shipyard, scientists and specially the workers who worked on the project. He also noted the happy and auspicious occasion of Onam that is adding even more happiness to the occasion.

Every part of INS Vikrant has its own merits, a strength, a development journey of its own. It is a symbol of indigenous potential, indigenous resources and indigenous skills. The steel installed in its airbase is also indigenous, developed by DRDO scientists and produced by Indian companies, he said. Explaining the massive proportions of the Carrier, the PM said it is like a floating city. It produces electricity that is sufficient to power 5000 households and the wiring used will reach Kashi from Kochi, he said. He said that INS Vikrant is a living embodiment of the Spirit of the Panch Prans that he proclaimed from the ramparts of Red Fort.

The Prime Minister talked about the Indian Maritime tradition and naval capabilities. Chhatrapati Veer Shivaji Maharaj, he said, built such a navy on the strength of this sea power, which kept the enemies on their toes. When the British came to India, they used to be intimidated by the power of Indian ships and trade through them. So they decided to break the back of India's maritime power. History is witness to how strict restrictions were imposed on Indian ships and merchants by enacting a law in the British Parliament at that time, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister noted that today on the historic date of September 2, 2022, India has taken off a trace of slavery, a burden of slavery. The Indian Navy has got a new flag from today. Till now the identity of slavery remained on the flag of Indian Navy. But from today onwards, inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji, the new Navy flag will fly in the sea and in the sky.

The PM remarked that when Vikrant descends to protect our maritime zone, many women soldiers of the Navy will also be stationed there. With the immense power of the ocean, boundless female power, it is becoming the lofty identity of the new India. Now the Indian Navy has decided to open all its branches for women. The restrictions that were there are now being removed. Just as there are no boundaries for the capable waves, there will be no boundaries or restrictions for the daughters of India.

The Prime Minister said drop by drop water becomes like a vast ocean. He also mentioned the salute by indigenous canon on this Independence Day. Similarly, if every citizen of India starts living the mantra of 'Vocal for Local', then it will not take long for the country to become self-reliant.

Commenting on the changing geo-strategic situation, he said in the past, security concerns in the Indo-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean have long been ignored. But, today this area is a major defence priority of the country for us. That is why we are working in every direction, from increasing the budget for the Navy to increasing its capability, he said. The Prime Minister said that a strong India will pave the way for a peaceful and safe world.

In his address, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh termed the commissioning of INS Vikrant at the onset of 'Amritkal' as a testament to the Govt’s strong resolve to ensure the safety and security of the nation in the next 25 years. “INS Vikrant is a glowing symbol of an aspirational and self-reliant ‘New India’. It is an icon of pride, power and resolve of the Nation. Its commissioning is an unprecedented achievement in the path of building indigenous warships. Indian Navy’s tradition is ‘old ships never die’. This new avatar of Vikrant, which played a stellar role in the 1971 war, is a humble tribute to our freedom fighters and brave soldiers,” he said.

Shri Rajnath Singh also asserted that it is a key responsibility of the Indian Navy to secure the country’s maritime interests for uninterrupted maritime trade, amid the constantly-changing global situation. He commended the Navy for always being the ‘First Responder’ in times of any national or international crisis and exuded confidence that the commissioning of INS Vikrant will further enhance the force’s capability. He added that this is an assurance to the friendly foreign countries that India is fully capable of meeting the collective security needs of the region. “We believe in a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Our efforts in this regard are guided by ‘SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All in the Region) as envisioned by the Prime Minister,” he said.

The Raksha Mantri also described the commissioning of INS Vikrant as a confirmation that the Govt’s unwavering commitment to achieve ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ is not an isolated policy. It is an important part of the huge transformative change taking place in India under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi, he said.

Shri Rajnath Singh commended the PM for his visionary leadership in realising the dream of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, stating that the government has made path breaking changes in all sectors such as defence, health,education, agriculture, trade, transport and communication. He listed out a series of steps taken by Ministry of Defence to achieve the objective. These include setting up of defence corridors in UP and Tamil Nadu; issuance of three positive indigenisation lists; earmarking of 68% of capital procurement budget for domestic industry; Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 and increase in FDI limit. He said, the aim is ‘Make in India, Make for the World’ and exports of more than $400 billion in the last year is a proof of this vision.

“As India is moving rapidly towards a $5 trillion economy, our share in global trade will increase in the coming times. If the share will increase, a large part of it will inevitably be through maritime routes. In such a situation, INS Vikrant will prove to be crucial to safeguard our security and economic interests,” the Raksha Mantri said.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar voiced the Navy’s resolve for India@100 to become completely self-reliant until 2047, consisting of ‘Made in India’ ships, submarines, aircraft, unmanned vessels and systems and remain a ‘Combat Ready, Credible, Cohesive and Future-Proof Force’. He added that the Navy is determined to move forward on the path of five pledges - developed India, removing any sign of servility, pride in heritage, unity and fulfilling the duties -  as envisioned by the Prime Minister.

The Chief of the Naval Staff exhorted the Commanding Officer and crew of INS Vikrant to take forward the proud legacy of erstwhile Vikrant which served the country for 36 glorious years and played a significant role in the 1971 war.

About INS Vikrant

The commissioning of INS Vikrant is a proud moment for the Nation as it showcased the ‘Aatmanirbhar’ credentials during ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and a true testament to the country’s zeal and fervour in pursuing capability build up towards enhanced maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region. With the commissioning, India has entered into a select band of Nations having niche capability to indigenously design and build an Aircraft Carrier and real testimony to the Nation’s resolve for self-reliance and ‘Make in India’.

INS Vikrant is designed by Indian Navy's in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Vikrant has been built with state of the art automation features and is the largest ship ever built in maritime history of India.

The 262.5 m long and 61.6 m wide Vikrant displaces approx 43,000 T, having a maximum designed speed of 28 Knots with endurance of 7,500 Nautical Miles. The ship has around 2,200 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,600 including women officers and sailors. The carrier is designed with a very high degree of automation for machinery operations, ship navigation and survivability. The carrier is equipped with the latest state of the art equipment and systems.

The ship is capable of operating air wing consisting of 30 aircraft comprising of MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31, MH-60R multi-role helicopters, in addition to indigenously manufactured Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) (Navy). Using a novel aircraft-operation mode known as Short Take Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR), INS Vikrant is equipped with a ski-jump for launching aircraft, and a set of ‘arrester wires’ for their recovery onboard.

With 76% indigenous content, construction of INS Vikrant has resulted in direct employment generation for over 2,000 employees of CSL. In addition, it has resulted in indirect employment generation for approx 12,500 employees for over 550 OEMs, sub-contractors, ancillary industries and over 100 MSMEs as well, thereby bolstering plough back effect on economy.

New Ensign of Navy

Resonant to the ongoing national endeavour to move away from colonial past, need was felt to transition to a new design that drew inspiration from our history. The White Ensign identified nation-wide with the Navy, now comprises of two main constituents - the National Flag in the upper left canton, and a Navy Blue - Gold octagon at the centre of the fly side (away from the staff). The Octagon is with twin golden octagonal borders encompassing the golden National Emblem (Lion Capital of Ashoka – underscribed with ‘Satyamev Jayate’ in blue Devnagri script) resting atop an anchor; and superimposed on a shield. Below the shield, within the octagon, in a golden bordered ribbon, on a Navy Blue background, is inscribed the motto of the Indian Navy ‘Sam No Varunah’ in golden Devnagriscript. The design encompassed within the octagon has been taken from the Indian Naval crest, wherein the fouled anchor, which is also associated with colonial legacy, has been replaced with a clear anchor underscoring the steadfastness of the Indian Navy.

Kerala Governor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan, Kerala Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval, Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt and senior civil & military officials of Ministry of Defence and CSL were among those present on the occasion.



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Record Digital Disbursement to Defence Pensioners via SPARSH : 5.6 lakh Pensioners migrate to the Digital Platform

 Ministry of Defence

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Providing impetus to Digital India initiative, the System for Pensions Administration – RakSHa or SPARSH has disbursed more than Rs 3,090 Crore to Defense Pensioners digitally in the month of Aug 22. In another milestone, 5,62,946 Defence Pensioners migrated successfully onto the digital  platform of SPARSH in August 2022. The total number of pensioners onboarded to SPARSH has crossed over the one million mark with 11 lakh beneficiaries, which is nearly 33% of the total defence pensioners in India.

This transformational change has been made possible only thro incremental innovations. SPARSH is the web-based system processing the pension claims and crediting the pension directly into the bank accounts of defence pensioners without any external intermediary. It has grown exponentially with more than Rs 11,600 Crores disbursed in the Financial Year 2021-22, from just about Rs 57 crores in FY 2020-21.

The Defence Accounts Department is the nodal implementing agency of Project SPARSH, integrating over 3000 pension initiating, sanctioning and disbursement agencies. It has brought pension services right at the door step of the veterans – from digital process of pensioner verification to real time tracking of grievance redressal.



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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Time for Defence Ministry to Review

I am a defence pensioner and I have asked many of my acquaintances across the military rank structure about the efficacy of the old system of disbursing pension. I am yet to receive any negative feedback on that score. On the other hand, pension grievances mostly pertain to the Department of Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare, CGDA, and their interpretations of rules and their manner of dealing with court rulings. SPARSH does not in any way appear to rectify such problems, at least not in any reasonable timeframe, because inadequacies of human agencies cannot be possibly compensated by a centralised digital system like SPARSH.

Whatever be the eventual result, there is no denying the fact that the CGDA would have expanded its empire – whether personnel, infrastructure or control. Most grievances of pensioners are likely to continue facing indifferent inaction from the bureaucracy. The only beneficiary would be the CGDA in terms of its vastly increased power and attendant benefit thereof. At the same time, cyber vulnerability would also have expanded in scope. Mere publicity drives cannot solve these issues.

However, SPARSH can be halted in its tracks, if the provision that is available on its website regarding migration from the old system to new requiring individual consent is activated. It won’t be surprising if an overwhelming majority of the remaining pensioners—who are still a significant majority—opt out. If, however, it is accompanied by a provision that in the event of failing to exercise their option for migration their assent will be assumed, the system could incorrectly show sizeable bloated numbers opting for it. In fact, if most pensioners are allowed to voice their opinion, they would broadcast the fact that their spouses (many of whom are barely educated) still live in a world that is distanced from the Digital India that SPARSH seems to take for granted and wishes to leverage.

Taken together, the failure of the CGDA to implement the revised OROP scales and the decision to go for SPARSH should loudly ring alarm bells for the defence minister. He needs to realise that he has, in all probability, been sold a plot that is based more on hot air than fact.

Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon (retd) is Director, Strategic Studies Programme, Takshashila Institution; former military adviser, National Security Council Secretariat. He tweets @prakashmenon51. Views are personal.

(Source : The Mint)

Is SPARSH any good?

It is against this backdrop the CGDA has taken on more responsibility for itself and launched another scheme called SPARSH (System for   Pension Administration) related to defence pension management.    The initiative claims to be derived from the vision of Digital India, Direct Benefit Transfer and ‘minimal government, maximum governance’. In essence, it centralises the complete cycle of pension that includes initiation, sanction, disburse-ment, revision, service and grievance management under a single entity, the Defence Accounts Department.

SPARSH received negative publicity when over 50,000-odd defence pensioners who had been migrated to the scheme did not reportedly receive their pension in the month of April 2022. Apparently, their annual life certificates had not been received and the algorithm had done its job. The issue was immediately resolved and the pension disbursed. The pensioners were given more time to send their certificates. The episode however reflects a larger problem about assumptions related to leveraging Digital India.

Digitisation permits greater centralisation but simultaneously increases vulnerability. There are currently approximately 26 lakh defence pensioners and the number will only grow with time. When housed in a single system like SPARSH, its vulnerability to a cyber-attack cannot be ignored. Amongst other issues, a cyber-risk assessment should have given cause for caution. But even if it was done, it seems to have been overshadowed by the main argument – purportedly for saving money, sweet music to the ears of the bureaucracy and politicians.

The existing system of pension disbursement has public and private sector banks as intermediaries for which they charge a certain fee. SPARSH, it is said, requires no intermediaries. But for sure, it will require enhanced numbers of personnel and also infrastructure. Both these demand short-term and long-term financial outlays that may undermine the primary logic of savings. The existing system was partially outsourced, but the plan is to make it a purely governmental enterprise. So, it does not support the notion of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’.

(Source : The Mint)

SPARSH will make defence pension digital, but problems won’t disappear. Ask pensioners

Failure to implement revised OROP & go for SPARSH should ring alarm bells for Defence Minister. And it won’t be ‘minimum govt, maximum governance’. By LT GEN PRAKASH MENON

The management of defence pensions has been taxing the capabilities of the Ministry of Defence for decades. The implementation of the One Rank One Pension or OROP) scheme has turned into a legal and bureaucratic battleground. Some ex-Servicemen have locked horns with the Executive and the Judiciary, but justice remains elusive. Even the refixing of pension every five years that was due in 2019 has not been done. The reasons for the delay are revealing of the awkward consequences brought about by the interplay of multiple actors.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD), it is said, has not refixed the pensions on the due date since the issue was sub-judice. An unrepresentative group of ex-Servicemen had filed a case in the Supreme Court that the MoD was violating the OROP principle by replacing it with ‘One rank multiple pensions’ for persons with the same length of service. On 16 March 2022, the court dismissed the case and directed the re-fixation to be carried out from 1 July 2019 and arrears paid within three months.

Three months have elapsed on 16 June 2022 without implementation of the SC’s direction. Technically, it opens the door for contempt of court. The reason for this delay obtained through a Request For Information (RFI) has indicated that on 30 May 2022, a note was initiated by the Department of Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare in the MoD that various types of pension tables will be required to be prepared by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), which is a time-consuming process and therefore the SC be requested to grant minimum three months more. Since then, no other proceedings involving the SC has come to light. Pensioners continue to wait.

On 29 July, Ajay Bhatt, the minister of state in the MoD, in reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha on the implementation of the three months for refixation, replied that it was ‘under process’. What was left unsaid was that various executive arms of the government were overwhelmed by the effort required to implement the ruling of the SC. The CGDA, the prime institution involved, has had years to formulate draft pension tables – a task that should not be so daunting in the computer age and yet they are asking for more time.

(Soure : The Print)

Friday, August 12, 2022


Dear all Veteran Brothers,  

Please go to for detailed reply mentioned above.


(Source : Twitter handle of Air Mshl Sharad Y Savur (Retd)    

Friday, July 22, 2022


Dear Friends,

1.  UFESM (JM)/IESM complete 2600 days on 27h Jul 2022 of OROP Movement across the Country with Jantar Mantar New Delhi being the Centre Point.

2.     You are aware that what has been implemented is not OROP but only one time increase in pension.  We are also continuously appealing to the Govt for the rectification of anomalies in the OROP vide Govt of India Min of Def   letter dated 07th Nov 2015. 

3.      Hon’ble Supreme Court on 16 Mar 2022 in its judgemen,t while accepting the OROP, has said that there is no legal   infirmity in the Govt letter dt 07 Nov 2015.  The Hon’ble Supreme Court also ordered GOI to pay arrears to all defence pensioners w.e.f 01 Jul 2019 within three months.  Govt has not paid the arrears till date, thereby not implementing the judgement.  As you are aware we have filed a Review Petition on 14 Apr 2022 since we accept the judgement but do not agree.  In addition, there is new evidence to enable us to file the Review Petition.  In the meantime on 09 June 22 Govt has applied for extension of three months’ time to implement 16 Mar 22 judgement.

4.      To commemorate our long journey to get Full OROP (2600 days), I request all Ex-servicemen & their dependents in and around NCR to join the event at Jantar Mantar New Delhi from 12.30PM to 3 PM on 27th Jul 2022.

5.  Kindly circulate this information to maximum Ex-servicemen and their families.

With Regards,    


Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)                              

Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen &               

Chairman Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM)      

Mobile: 9312404269, 0124-4110570

(Source : Via e-mail)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Tuesday, June 21, 2022


OROP 2 - GOI filed in HSC time extn contrary to PCDA (P) letter stating implementation of judgement awaiting Govt orders (att). MoD asking extn when PCDA ready, cause of serious concern. Reveals Govt intention for not paying arrears.

This also clarifies that Review Petition cannot be reason for not paying arrears. Some misguided ESM asking withdrawal of Review Petition is unfounded. We will continue struggle till we get actual OROP.

(source : Via twitter)

Thursday, June 16, 2022


Dear all Vet Bros, 

The HSC in their judgement of 16.3.2022 reiterated that there is no ambiguity in Govt's OROP orders of 07.11.2015 and the Re-fixation or Revision OROP to be carried out every 5 years (was due on 01.7.2019). The Govt (DESW), therefore, was duty bound to  revise/refix OROP from 01.7.2019 and also pay arrears to all concerned within 3 months. That deadline expired on 15.6.2022, and the Govt did not release the said orders even on 16.6.2022. 

The IESM who was in the forefront and was the appellant before the HSC was unhappy that their main plea that the OROP in full as per the Committee OROP definition was not accepted and the HSC ruled that the Govt order on the subject stands valid. Aggrieved, therefore, the appellant IESM lodged a RP on 13.4.2022 (purportedly) in HSC registry. Therefore, the RP and its effect on the judgement and or its implementation part is supposedly is NIL. 

Interestingly, the IESM, had urged the Govt as late as 08.6.2022and submitted inputs :- 

 a) the PBORs max scale of pay was not considered while fixing the OROP as on 01.7.2014 in terms of Govt orders of 2013 and this may be now considered.

b) the OROP of officers of Lt Col/Cols & above was to be done with MF 2.67 instead of 2.57 wef 1.1.2016 and this may be considered now. 

It is past the HSC deadline 15.6.2022 and the OROP orders yet to come. The Govt will have many reasons for delay:-

i) They were busy in evacuation work in Russia/Ukrein war. 

ii) They were busy in state/RS elections.

iii)Some VVIPs were called for ED questioning and its effect.

iv) They were busy in Agnipath scheme and its effect.

v) The CDS appointment process is on.

iv) They are now busy with President/VP election work.

Therefore, they will request the HSC to grant more time, say another 3 months, for implementation of 16.3.2022 judgement.

The HSC normally would not say No to above submissions.

So, the OROP re-fixation/revision SAGA rolls over to next 3 months?  

Or The Govt may release the OROP orders any time soon. 

PS: This is not any official version. But only my individual view. ESM bros please be cool cool. OROP will be revised and arrears will be paid. In due course of time. Nothing to worry. 




Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Analysis of 2018 IAF pensioners(Sgt X Grp and Navy) PPOs


I just want to make a simple analysis of two PPOs placed across by CE sir in he centre spread of this blog.
1 Jun 22, 07:38 PM
GaviniVN: 1. Sgt Lalit Kumar X gp DoE 24.3.1998 and DoD 1.4.2018(total service wrongly shown as 19 yrs 11 months and 28 days instead of 20 years and 7 days) Any was pension shall be for 20 yrs only). Hislevel 5 PMtx 42800, Milp 5200 Gp pay 6200 & Class allow540 (3 GCBs?) =Rs.54740/2=27370 as pension (50% of emoulments as Service Pension.
1 Jun 22, 07:43 PM
GaviniVN: Similarly 2. Sgt Gaurav Gupta X gp DoE 18.12.1998 and DoD 1.1.2019 (total service rendered 20 yrs 14 days). His level 5 PMtx 44100, Milp 5200 Gp pay 6200 & Class allow540 (3 GCBs?) =Rs.56040/2=28020 as pension (50% of emoulments as Service Pension.
1 Jun 22, 07:48 PM
GaviniVN: No idea as to how many years they were in Sgt rank. May be about 8-9 years. But their BP at the time of discharege from service is shown at : Sgt Lalitkumar - BP at 14 years and for Gaurav Gupta - BP at 15 years level. crement difference.
1 Jun 22, 07:53 PM
GaviniVN: Capitalised Value of Pension for Sgt Lalit Kumar :Rs.14,90,297/-and for Sgt Gaurav Gupta -Rs.15,28,211/-
1 Jun 22, 08:07 PM
GaviniVN: These two Sgts seem to have got fixed the BP as maximum of their 5th CPC Rs.5595/-and 6th CPC Rs.13210/-levels and at 7th CPC at Rs.34900/- and thereafter 7 and years annual increments. with these figures these ESM sgts were in the ranksof Sgt for more than 12 and 13 yearsrespectively. Any guesses?
1 Jun 22, 08:10 PM
GaviniVN: They were elevated to Sgt ranks in 6-7 years? I am really confused if any one get to Sgt rank so quickly. Of course Edn Instr and Dip Holder Sgt ranks are different.
1 Jun 22, 08:10 PM
GaviniVN: CE sir may kindly elucidate please.
1 Jun 22, 08:27 PM
GaviniVN: It is still more cur-ous to note the Navy ESM pensions displayed in the centre spread of this blog - 15 Yrs service rendered pension @ Rs.28150/- and 15.5 yrs service rendered pension is Rs.32800/-. Simply unbelievable.6months more service and you get Rs.4650/- more basic pension??
1 Jun 22, 08:29 PM
GaviniVN: Live data furnished herein is hopefully enough to go to AFT Principal Bench Delhi? CE Sir?
1 Jun 22, 08:31 PM
GaviniVN: p.s. I compared these data vis-a-vis Cir 608, Gp X Sgt con table.

(Source : The Voice of Pensioners blog)

Saturday, May 21, 2022



Ref No.TSEWA/SPARSH-01/2022                             20th May 2022 

Hon'ble Sri Narendra Modi Ji                                                       Prime Minister Govt of India                                                                South Block, Raisina Hill                                                                  New Delhi - 110 011                            

Hon'ble Sri Rajnath Singh Ji                                                      Raksha Mantri Govt of India                                                                104, South Block, Raisina Hill                                                              New Delhi - 110 011 

Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Ji                                                                  Finance Minister Govt of India                                                        134, North Block, Raisina Hill                                                          New Delhi - 110 011 


Introduction 1. 

Tri Services Ex- Servicemen Welfare Association (TSEWA) is a Regd welfare organisation with its Headquarters at Secunderabad as per the details given above in the letter head. The organisation is an Apex National Welfare Organisation for ExServicemen and War Widows with more than 16,000 ex-servicemen as Members from all the States in India. TSEWA believes in "True Sewa" to the Ex-Servicemen especially JCO/OR and their equivalents in the Navy and the Air Force. TSEWA is self-funded by its Members through voluntary contributions and the Executive Committee Members travel the length and breadth of the country to interact with the Ex-Servicemen, Single Ladies and Veer Naris and help them in resolving their problems and rehabilitate them. More details can be obtained from our website 

2. A large number of letters have been written by veterans and Veteran Welfare Associations to various authorities expressing their concerns and anguish on SPARSH without analyses of the Issues that may be hindering the smooth implementation of SPARSH. Hence this letter may kindly not be treated as yet another letter of complaints. Similarly, a large number of letters were written directly and through the Service HQs Flat No.101, H.No. 1-1-78/5, Edifice Pride, Valluvar Nagar, Ammuguda, Behind CDM, Sec'bad - 500 094 Mobile: 09494037781, E-mail, Website : by various veteran organisations expressing their reservations on SPARSH at the initial stage of development of the System which do not appear to have been given any thought by the CGDA. TSEWA has carried out in-depth analyses of possible flaws in the system and is submitting comprehensive recommendations through this letter to overcome the present impasse and resistance from Veterans on the proposed road to Digital India as per the vision of the Hon'ble PM of India. Since TSEWA is not involved in Software Development Life Cycle, certain presumptions are made in this letter based on the user interaction with the Veterans. 


3. The pensions of approximately 33 Lakh Defence and Civilian Pensioners of MOD are hitherto disbursed mainly through the 28 Public Sector and Four Pvt Sector Banks with their vast network of CPPCs and Branches in the remotest part of the country. The pensioners could interact with the PDA Banks and redress their grievances through the Banks. In spite of initial hiccups, the banks have understood the Rank structure of the pensioners and have been able to implement various Circulars issued by PCDA to correctly disburse the pensions on-time, every time. The Banks have spent a fortune on development of suitable software to handle various issues pertaining to interpretation and implementation of orders issued by PCDAs. It is purported that there is an annual outgo of Rs.180 crores to the Banks towards the handling charges of pension disbursement to the Defence Veterans. The Banks have also extended special services by way converting the pension accounts to DSP status with attendant benefits 

4. Min of Def (ESW) on the advise of CGDA approved central pension disbursal defence pensioners including defence civilians by creating Central Pension Disbursing Authority (CPDA). PCDA (Pensions) Prayagraj (herein after referred to as PCDA (P)) is designated as CPDA. This new system of Central Disbursal of Pernsion is known as System for Administration of RAKSHAK (SPARSH). CGDA has already incurred expenditure of 7 160 crores out of estimated requirement of funds of 260 crores. 

5. As per the Press Information Bureau release of Min of Def dated 04 May 2022, 4.47 lakh defence pensioners post 2016 retirees have been migrated to SPARSH till 31 Mar 2022 out of 33 lakhs defence pensioners including defence civilian pensioners and in due course, the balance pensioners who retired pre-2016 will also be migrated on to SPARSH.

Present Serious Flaw with SPARSH 

6. Out of the 4.47 lakh Defence Pensioners migrated to SPARSH, about 58275 defence pensioners did not receive their pension of Apr 2022 though they submitted Annual Life Certificate to their banks in Nov 2021 and received pension from Dec 2021 to Mar 2022. The post-mortem revealed that the SPARSH System has not recognised the Life Certificate submitted to the Banks and required pensioners to re-submit the Life Certificate after Log-in formalities are completed. There was inadequate training and understanding of the process of Registration especially by many non-computer savvy pensioners and they have been put to tremendous hardships due to stoppage of Pensions which is the sole source of income for survival of many pensioners. 

7. The CGDA/PCDA as is their work culture, were totally unresponsive to the serious problem and insisted on fresh submission of Life Certificate through SPARSH Medium for renewal of pensions of the affected pensioners in a typical Bureaucratic way. It is only after the media raised a stink on the issue, MOD reacted to the situation and gave a one-time waiver of the need for fresh re-submission of the Life Certificates which gave the much needed relief when the pensions were restored. The 58,275 affected personnel included Army Cdrs to Sepoys who retired post 2016 and who were migrated to SPARSH. The stoppage of pensions resulted in pensioners defaulting in repayment of term-loans, non-payment of rentals and expenses connected with day-to-day living.

Poor Methodology of Implementation

8. It is amply clear that CGDA/ PCDA (P) have not given adequate thought to the plan of implementation of SPARSH. It is a saving grace that only 58,275 out of 4.47 lakh post 2016 pensioners who were migrated to SPARSH were affected. It would have been catastrophic if all the 33 lakh pensioners have been migrated to SPARSH. Some of the issues visibly not understood by CGDA/ PCDA are given below: 

(a) The premise that all pensioners especially older generation of Veteran JCO/ORs/ Veernaris will be computer savwy or have smart phones to handle SPARSH is the biggest folly 

(b) There is no Pilot study carried out with a limited number of pensioners to understand the difficulties before migration of Pensioners. 

(c) No cognizance of the present disbursement system of Pay & Allowances to the Serving Defence Personnel is taken whilst defining user requirements of the Defence Pensioners especially of older generations. 

(d) No training of pensioners is carried out to make them understand the system requirements. Presumption that issue of a simple circular explaining SPARSH System is adequate to disseminate the contents to the pensioners in the remotest places, is another big mistake. 

(e) Redressal grievance system is totally inadequate and limited telephone helplines are totally unresponsive. 

(f) The work culture of employees of PCDA (P) needs much to be desired. The measurable output of the employees is not even 4 hours in a day as established by many ESM Welfare association representatives who visit Prayagraj. 

(g) CGDA/PCDA (P) have no idea how to deal with illiterate pensioners /Family pensioners speaking only local languages who call up to redress their grievances. (Presuming that they get through the help lines which are never accessible). 

(h) There are innumerable problems with the issue of e-PPOs. It is a nightmare for pensioners to get a Corrigendum PPO issued or get the DOB and other particulars corrected though, the entire correct data is held with the PCDA (P). 

(j) TCS has built a huge fort with no doors to let the elephant in. Obviously the SDLC steps of Planning, Defining, Designing, Building, Testing and Deployment were not followed both by CGDA and TCS before implementation of SPARSH which is supposed to be the panacea for all the present problems faced by the Veteran Community. 

(k) Defining the user requirements is left to some auditors who looked at it from the audit point of view and not user point of view. 

(1) The Geeks sitting in TCS developed the software based on such ill-defined "User Requirement Manual" who presume that all target users are IT Savvy. 

(m) Professional advice of Defence Institutions like MCTE hasn't been taken to vet the User Requirement Manual before handing over to TCS. Hence this is a typical case of GIGO. 

Serious Present Issues 

9. The above are some of the valid presumptions made by TSEWA to further analyse the ground realities and recommend the way out, for smooth implementation of SPARSH. The present software developed by TCS may not stand the test of user friendliness in the absence of adherence to the SDLC Methodology. This will result in DAD reacting to a situation without root cause analyses. It is already proposed to have a cell of DAD people at various levels for Grievances Redressal which will result only in Empire Building by CGDA the cost of which will surpass multiple times of the present expenditure in the Legacy System of Banks disbursing the pensions. Some of the major issues faced by the Veterans and Veernaris are analysed below to arrive at the recommended solutions. These are mentioned without any explanatory notes for the sake of brevity: 

(a) Correct e-PPOs are essential elements for the success of SPARSH. Any data correction and issue of Corr. PPO or le-PPO at present takes 6-12 months at PCDAs without any accountability. 

(b) The so called Toll Free numbers at PCDAs are never accessible by the Veterans nor any solutions given even if accessed. 

(c)The Data Correction and validity is now palmed off to the Record Offices by PCDAs though the correct Data is already held by them thus including one more misery hurdle to be crossed by the veterans. 

(d) The Veterans are made to run from pillar to post to get the innumerable mistakes made/missing data in the PPOs. The problem is accentuated especially in case of old age, iliterate/ semi-literate JCO/OR Veernaris and invalid veterans who are forced to travel long distances to reach ZsWO offices or write to Record Offices. 

(e) The Zilla Sainik Welfare Offices and Record Offices are ill equipped/manned to efficiently handle the Grievances of the Veterans. The ZSWO offices merely act as post ofices and there is no accountability.

(f) The next door Banks which are PDAs have no power to help redressal and merely refer the issues to CPPCs who in-turn seek help from unresponsive PCDAs. 

(g) The Record Offices depute serving personnel at regular intervals to PCDAs to expedite Grievance Redressal without any visible results due to poor work Culture at PCDAs especially at Prayagraj which is the nerve centre. 

(h) The civilian personnel at PCDAs generally do not understand the structure of Defence Services and trained service personnel who retire young are not given lateral absorption into PCDAs which would have brought-in the desired efficiency 

(j) The Navy Pension Office which is doing a great job, is an unsanctioned establishment and has to depend on temporary deputation of serving personnel who are pulled out at the cost of efficiency of the ships and establishments. 

Recommendations for Improvement 

10. With a view to ensure smooth transition from the present Legacy System to the Digital System envisaged by the Hon'ble Prime Minister, TSEWA recommends the following 

(a) A fresh de-novo look at the software developed by TCS be done strictly adhering to the principles of SDLC Method. 

(b) The user requirements may be arrived at and vetting be done by Service establishments like MCTE and not left to CGDA/ TCS alone. 

(c) The Banks which are DPDAs and other DPDOs be made as the prime/ abinitio organisations to log-in all grievances by the affected Veterans. These are the nearest entities serving the veterans and veernaris without hassles of language or long travel. They should be given a module which will interface with SPARSH. Adequate training of Banking staff in use of the module be ensured and earmark dedicated bank staff for the purpose depending upon the number of veterans being serviced by that DPDA. 

(d) Computer savvy veterans may continue to log into SPASH and should be in a position lodge their Grievances sitting at home and using their own laptops/ Smart Phones. 

(e) Annual Life Certificates be done using facial recognition methods interfaced with Aadhar which should be made accessible at DPDAs level or by individuals sitting at home using appropriate software. The procedure to be followed by some veterans who are permanently living abroad for submission of ALC should also be considered. 

(f) All grievances lodged by the veterans/veernaris through the DPDAs be ab initio made accessible by the respective Record Offices with a similar module of SPARSH. 

(g) The Record Offices, Navy Pension Office and IAF Accounts Offices servicing the Veteran issues should be adequately manned to address all Grievances by direct interaction with the affected Veterans / Veernaris on telephone, Mobiles etc. till satisfactory closure of the Grievance. 

(h) The above service Organisations should have an appropriate module in SPARSH to escalate all issues to the respective PCDAs for resolution of the Grievances pertaining to their responsibility / authority. The onus for satisfactory closure of Grievances should be shifted to the Record Offices IPCDAs once a Veteran has logged-in the Grievance either through DPDAs or individually, instead of the Veterans being made to run from pillar to post for redressal of the Grievance now. 

(j)No requests for additional manpower by CGDA be entertained for implementation of SPARSH. Any sanction of additional Manpower at CGDAs/PCDAs will defeat the entire purpose of migration from the existing Legacy System to SPARSH as a cost saving measure. Adequate training of the existing Civilian Personnel in PCDAs, accountability and motivation aspects be instituted. Lateral induction of trained ESM be considered to PCDAs/ DPDAs. 

(k) Auto Generation of Reports of all pending Grievances at various levels right up to the Defence Minister be incorporated in SPARSH software for monitoring and institution of corrective measures. 

(1) ZSWOs should be removed from the loop of Pension Grievances redressal and their role be limited to State issues. 

(m) SPARSH activities be suspended immediately pending a re-look at the software developed by TCS and necessary improvements may be done in line with the recommendations at para 10 above. 

(n) A pilot project be done for implementation of SPARSH on a target group of veterans in the remotest areas of the country and not limited to urban computer savvy veterans of the present generation. 

(o) All Log-ins/ Registration by Veterans/Veernaris into SPARSH be made only through Bank DPDAs / other DPDOs using a freshly developed suitable module thus eliminating the need for pensioners to be computer savvy or possess costly smart phones for Registration into SPARSH. 

(p)Migration of the Veterans /Veernaris be done only on successful completion of pilot project and all major/minor glitches in the software are removed and the system fully stabilised. 

(q)In the worst case scenario, if SPARSH cannot meet the requirements, option be given to the individuals to continue under the Legacy System. 


11. A lot of effort has gone in making SPARSH as on date. If the above mentioned suggestions of TSEWA to improve SPARSH are considered, there will be all round satisfaction and smooth transition from Legacy System to the new Digital SPARSH After all, a pensioner needs his monthly pension on time and every time and his grievances should be resolved in a time bound manner at all levels with proper monitoring mechanism at various levels. The aptness of the quote from Chanakya which says "The Day the Soldier has to demand his dues will be sad day for Magadha for then, on that day, you will have lost all moral sanction to be the King" should be borne in mind always by all the authorities at all levels. The SPARSH software should not be CGDA Centric but made inclusive of Record Offices and DPDAs who are the prime interfaces between PCDAs and the Veteran Pensioners. This alone will eliminate the harassment faced by Old/Infirm Veterans/ Veernaris especially JCOIOR ranks who are made to run from pillar to post at present to redress their Grievances. 

12. We humbly request the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Raksha Mantri and the Finance Minister to immediately issue suitable orders to the all concerned. Alternatively, option may be given to the Defence Pensioners to either continue to use the legacy system of pension disbursal by banks or to migrate to SPARSH. 

Signed....                                                                                                (Sudheer Parakala)                                                            Commodore, IN (Retd)                                                           President Tri Services Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association        Mob: 9849057767                                                                               e-Mail                                              URL: 

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The Chief of the Army Staff                                                                  Integrated Hq of MOD (Army) South Block,                                 C/O DHQ Post Office New Delhi - 110 011 

The Chief of Naval Staff                                                                      Integrated HQs of MOD (Navy) South Block,                                C/O DHQ Post Office New Delhi - 110 011  

The Chief of Air Staff                                                            Integrated HOs of MOD (IAF) South Block,                                        C/O DHQ Post Office New Delhi - 110 011. 

(Source : Via E-mail)