Indian Navy replies to RTI queries on 10 years Reservists requested by Advocate Niranjan Chakaraborty and the same is being published for information to all 10 years reservist pensioners.
Question 1 : How many sailors were kept in Fleet Reservist Category on completion of Active service of 10 years from 1968 to 1986 with year wise break down.
Answer to Q1 : Fleet Reserve was de-activated from 1976 onwards vide GOD MoD letter AD/5374/2/2214/2/3(N II) dated 03 Jul 1976 (copy enclosed). There is no record of sailors in Fleet Reservist category on completion of active service 10 years from 1968 to 1976 held at IHQ MoD (N)
Question 2 : When the “Release” procedure initiated prior to release from the minimum contractual active service of 10 years.
Answer to Q2 : Sailor was enrolled for period of 10 years. Continuous service sailors of all branches were liable, if required for further 10 years service in the Indian Fleet Reserve IAW Regs 269 of Regs Navy Part III (copy enclosed) and sailors were discharged from service IAW regs 274 of Regs Navy Part III
Question 3 : Whether sailors who furnished “Unwillingness” on completion of 10 years active service, for further service were kept in Fleet Reserve / drafted to Fleet Reserve and whether they were granted pension.
Answer to Q3 : Sailors were enrolled for 10 years IAW Regs 269 of Navy Part III (Copy enclosed) and non-completion of active service were drafted to fleet reserve. However, no record, regarding whether sailors who furnished “Unwilling” on completion of 10 years active service exist in this office. Towards grant of pension, IAW regulation 78 of pension Regulation 1964, the minimum qualifying service is 15 years.
Question 4 : If yes, full particulars with provision of relevant rules / regulations.
Answer to Q4 : Not Applicable
Question 5 : Complete list of sailors who furnished “unwillingness” with such “Unwillingness Certificate” from 1968 to 1988.
Answer to Q5: There is no records of Fleet Reservist held.
Question 6 : How many sailors were called for training during Reservist period from 1968 to 1988
Answer to Q56: There is no records of Fleet Reservist held.
Question 7 : How many Fleet Reservist sailors and Fleet Reserve officers were called for was duties during 1971 Indo-Pak war ? Please provide complete details such as of reservist strength vis a vis called for active duties.
Answer to Q7: There is no records of Fleet Reservist held.
Question 8 : What is the relevant regulation under which “Fleet Reservist” service of 10 years is counted as five years of active service for the purpose of service pension of otherwise.
Answer to Q8 : No such regulation is existing in Navy (Pension) Regulation 1964 under which “Fleet reservist service of 10 years is counted as five years of active service for the purpose of service pension. However 15 years qualifying service is necessary for grant of service pension in accordance with Regulation 78 of Navy (Pension) Regulation 1964 and as per regulation 92(1) of Navy (Pension) Regulation 1964 “a reservist become eligible for grant of reservist pension on completion of prescribed naval service of 10 years and reservist service of ten years” (copy enclosed)
Question 9 : Whether any sailor who joined the Indian Navy post independence has been granted such pension (10 years active + 10 years Fleet Reservist service) and / or are in receipt of such pension with full details.
Answer to Q9: There is no records of Fleet Reservist held.
Question 10 : Details of sailors who were kept/drafted to Fleet Reserve and granted pension with copies of “Unwillingness Certificates”
Answer to Q10: There is no records of Fleet Reservist held.
Question 11 : Whether sailors who participated in 1946 Naval uprising in support of the release of INA prisoners and India’s freedom movement from the British rule continued with the Indian Navy after independence ? Were such sailors granted pension, special promotions and were they recognised as “Freedom Fighters ?”
Answer to Q11: There is no records of Fleet Reservist held.
Question 12 : Who was the last British Admiral commanded Indian Navy and handed over command to an Indian Admiral with name, year month and date.
Answer to Q12 : Vice Admiral Sir Stephen Hope Carlil handed over the command on 22 Apr 1958 to Admiral Katari.
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