Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff requested on Supreme Court Verdict
I am an ex sailor who joined Indian Navy on 16.09.1967 with a regular service bond of 10 years followed by 10 years fleet reserve, for which, I was entitled to a reserve pension or special pension. However, when later, after the discharge from the Navy, requested for pension, Navy replied that the system of transferring sailors to reserve has been stopped from 03 Jul 76. It may be noted that Navy has not conveyed this decision of discontinuance of the system while I was in service or after wards. No one was aware about it, at a time when there was no modern communication means like internet or social media. When such en-mass discharge occurs, as a result of a Govt. policy, as per section 95 of Naval Pension Regulations, We were entitled to get a special pension. However, since the Navy has denied our right even after many representations, left with no other option, we were forced to approach the Supreme Court for justice like any other citizen who is deprived of justice.
Finally, almost after four decades of struggle, the honorable Supreme Court vide its judgment dated 27th Oct 2016, in CA 2147/2011 and CA 8566/2014 along with impleadment petitions have allowed the plea of affected ex sailors, for grant of special pensions. As per this judgment, all such sailors who joined the Indian Navy before 03 Jul 1976 and left after 10 years or more service are entitled to a special pension, from three years back date to be paid within three months from the date of judgment.
Based on the judgment, I had applied to the Logistics Officer-in-Charge, Naval Pension Office, C/O INS Tanaji, Mumbai for grant of the same vide an application dated 23-11-2016. As per the court Order, the judgment has to be implemented on or before 27 Jan 2017. All of us are at their fag end of our life, from ages as high as 87 and below. As such, prolonging the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment further could only be treated as inhuman and a thankless attitude towards these veterans who had spent their youth-full years in the service of the Nation.
Therefore, I hereby register my strong protest, in the indifferent attitude of the Indian Navy and request you for the immediate implementation of the judgment granting special pension.
With Due Regards
Raminder Singh Sahota
Ex- Leading Telegraphist (IN)
Note: We have come across a unclassified letter sent by ex Naval sailor, which has been published above.