Supreme Court grants Special Pension to ex-Naval Sailors

 “Veteran Sailors Welfare Association” Regd.No.Society/West/2014/8901551 of 31st December, 2014 is association of ex-servicemen of Indian Navy who look after the welfare of naval personnel. The association has helped a category of those ex-naval personnel who were recruited for 10 years for active service in addition to 10 years for reserve service. They were to get Reservist Pension after completion of their engagement with the Navy. The young boys joined in the prime of their youth to serve the nation for attraction of secured career. It was also made clear to them that in case such recruits chose to serve for at least another 5 years in active service, they shall draw normal pension as the normal pension starts after the service of 15 years for other ranks in the Indian Navy.

But prior to 3rd July, 1976, a lot of personnel who were recruited to serve in the above category were leaving the naval service. The Indian Navy issued a letter dated 3rd July, 1976 in which the terms and conditions of this category of personnel was changed to not to keep them as Reservist. This resulted in deprivation of pension to this category of personnel serving the Indian Navy.

A lot of representations, including appointment of high level committees and legal battles went on after 3rd July, 1976 for injustice meted out to this category of ex-naval personnel. Armed Forces Tribunal, at Delhi denied the pension and Armed Forces Tribunal, Chennai had ordered to give Reservist Pension to 3 such category of personnel vide their separate judgment. The ex-naval personnel affected by Delhi judgment appealed before Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and on the other hand the Indian Navy affected by Chennai judgment also appealed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

We are happy to inform all concerned that the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its judgment dated 27th Oct 2016, in CA 2147/2011 against AFT, Delhi judgment and CA 8566/2014 against Chennai judgment, along with impleadment petitions filed by members of “Veteran Sailors Welfare Association” have allowed the plea of affected ex sailors, for grant of special pensions, to all ex sailors who had joined Navy prior to 03 Jul 1976 and left on or after 03 July 76, on completing a minimum 10 years or more and less than 15 years service in Para 25 of the judgment as follows:

” Thus understood, all Sailors appointed prior to 3rd July, 1976 and whose tenure of initial active service/ empanelment period expired on or after 3rd July, 1976 may be eligible for a Special Pension under Regulation 95, subject, however, to fulfilling other requirements. In that, they had not exercised the option to take discharge on expiry of engagement (as per Section 16 of the Act of 1957) and yet were not and could not be drafted by the competent Authority to the Fleet Reserve because of the policy of discontinuing the Fleet Reserve Service w.e.f. 3rd July, 1976. The cases of such Sailors (not limited to the original applicants before the Tribunal) must be considered by the Competent Authority within three months for grant of a “Special Pension” from three years prior to the date of application made by the respective Sailor and release payment after giving adjustment of Gratuity and Death-cum-Retirement-Gratuity (DCRG) already paid to them from arrears. They shall be entitled for interest @9% p.a. on the arrears, till the date of payment.”

Most of these veterans have taken part in wars in 1961, 1965 and 1971. When they requested for pension as per naval pension regulations, they were told that, the Govt. has stopped the system of transferring sailors to reserve by an instruction dated 03 Jul 1976. Moreover, the instructions of 03 July, 1976 seems to have been made only with the sole purpose of denying “Reservist Pension” benefit to this category of sailors as a deterrent effect for en-mass leaving the Navy at that time.

It is pertinent to note that, no one was told about it, while in service or later in a time where there was no modern communication like internet or social media. By the latest decision of the Honorable, Supreme Court of India, the struggles of these war veterans for around four decades  for  their right of either of “Reserve Pension” or “Special Pension” has come to an end.

As per this judgment, all such sailors who joined the Indian Navy before 03 Jul 1976 and left after 10 years or more service but less than 15 years are entitled to a “Special Pension”. They have become eligible to get such pension three years from back date from the date of their demand to the Navy.  The widows and other legal heirs of such sailors too are eligible for this special pension.

The “Veteran Sailors Welfare Association” requests all veteran falling in this category to apply for Special Pension to:

“The Logistics Officer-in-Charge,

Naval Pension Office,

C/O INS Tanaji,

Mankhurd,

Mumbai-400 088.

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In case of any doubt or clarification they can contact:

Mr. Dinesh Kaushik, President

Veteran Sailors Welfare Association (Regd)

Flat No.224 Naval technical officers society

Plot No.3A, Sector-22, Dwarka,

New Delhi-110075

www.veteransailors.com

E-mail: veteransailors@gmail.com

 Phone: 9891909074

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21 Comments

  • Kumar Gopalkrishna Kamath says:

    We are yet to get special pension! form duly filled has been submitted but no reply from Naval pension office!

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  • It was a long awaited decision that brought cheers to many faces who fought a lone battle with its own Navy for last decade to receive its due entitlements. In enthusiasm, I immediately rushed my claim for special pension to the Officer -In-Charge, Logistics – Pension vide speed post #EM232107675IN dated 7th Dec’16 that was delivered to the above office on 8th Dec’16. But it’s unfortunate that till date the neither I have received any reply nor even an acknowledgement from the navy.
    I feel that once again the matter has entangled in the cobwebs of bureaucracy who is bent upon denying the entitlement to the sailors who once were in forefront of 1971 Indo-Pak war( and there has been no war thereafter, but only Shantikaal). This war was not only decisively won but brought grand glory to the nation & Navy.
    But today the Navy has forgotten its own heros & has waged a war against its own veterans. Former president of United States, Calvin Coolidge, once told that” a nation which forgets its defenders be itself forgotten.
    At this juncture, I feel despondent & dejected, finding no way but to take to the streets demanding my deserving dues. As a matter fact it not the money that matter much to me at the fag end of my life but the honours that I deserve best.
    The greatest political strategist Chankya wrote to Raja Chandragupta centuries ago, The day a soldier has to demands its dues will be sad day for Magadha. For then on the day you will have lost all the moral sanction to be a King.
    Jai Hind! Jai Jawan !

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  • Surinder Kaushal says:

    After three Months of passing order by honourable supreme Court Indian Navy has not shown any action not even courtsy to inform through some order/circular that what they intend to do on this matter. Regards Surinder Kaushal

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  • Ramachandrarao Mohan says:

    DEAR ALL, ON SPECIAL PENSION SC recommend or final deceission LET US CLARIFY. Poor administrators we should not blame either as they are on long silence and powerfully manage.

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  • Satish Arora says:

    As per cabs office the matter is with finance ministry. Individuals will be notified once they receive instructions.

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  • P.S.Mohan Kumar says:

    Two months back I had been to the NAVPEN to find the status update of special pension and they said they are waiting for clarification from Naval Head Quarters,New Delhi. Yesterday I called NAVEPEN and enquired about the status of special pension and the reply was same.

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  • This is inform all, that I contacted NAVPEN Mankhurd, on their toll free No.1800220560 on 23rd March and I am given to understand by the authorities that they have referred the case to Ministry Of Finance for clearance. Accordingly, on receiving the intimation from the said ministry the applicatnts claims will be settled. All those who have applied for special pension may contact on Toll Free Number and enquire about the status giving their official No. and date of submission of application/s.

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  • SYDNEY ROY says:

    GRAND OF SPECIAL PENSION TO EX CAPT (MNS) TT CHINNAMMA who served the Army for 21 years and 8 months including training but did not get any kind of pension. Now she is 71 years and suffering from paralysis due to left thalamic bleed and unable to bear the medical expenses in the evening of her life. A number of grievances sent for redressal to Honourable President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister have been rejected by Army Headquarters on the basis of this Nursing officer has not completed 20 years of service to get minimimum pension It was also requested to pass necessary legislation and order the Department to count the training period to enable the officer to get this minimum pension when soldiers entitled for pension by counting the training period to remove this discrimination to a deserving officer. Now sailors are also entitled to pension for those who served for 15 years.

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  • Prasannakumar K S says:

    not only MPs and MLAs get pension after their term,but their personal staff,who are not even regular employees in Govt.service also get pension if they work as personal staff for TWO years.We have spent our prime youth to serve the nation,are not getting any pension.We,almost everybody are above 60 years now.If we do not get pension at least now,when will we get it?Dear Prime minister must answer this question!

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  • Mohan rao indian says:

    Dear Friends / Mr.Prasannakumar let me put some light and knowledge share, Very popular Krishna stated nothing will reach Dhuryodhan ears as his ears are blocked similarly to whom ever in authority we approach on special pension and facilities. We our PM when he was a common man how many time may be 100000 + time used the same and the message to PM (many PM during the period)un-reachable / message distorted and nothing new about this)

    What Krishna stated? The choice is open between Development – Destruction and finally throw away the bad. Very very nice learning point. The learning point very useful many apply as case histories are known.

    From un-know source MOD complete the step of what SC guided and passed on and final.Let us hope.

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  • Dungar mal Jat says:

    I submitted the documents on 06 march 2017 but not receive any reply from naval pension office.

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  • Dear friends most of us had lost hope to ever get pension realising that the system was taking too long to deliver justice.but it’s well said that nice things never come easily.hats off to supreme court for delivering this great verdict. Altogether we may not be more than 2000 beneficiaries .but more than half of these are boys entries. And to remind this group that there was one earlier decision of s/c in which our servicesof boys entry tenure was counted towards regular service for the purpose of pension & other financial benefits such as gratuities etc

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  • Sanjay says:

    The Navy top brass has fought tooth and nail in opposing pension privilleges to their own sailors. Navy should have gone out of the way and fought the case in their favour.
    But What a shame
    These idiots are even blind to the fact that Any Member of Parliament or MLA gets pension even after completing on term (5 years ).Why not these patriots who served Navy for 10 years.
    The commitee appointed by Raksha Mantri gave very good recommendation in favour of these sailors but someone from Navy neglected it.
    There are two cases here :
    1. Neglecting the reommendations of commitee appointed by defence Ministry (Insulting Defence Ministry/Govt. of India).
    2.Not implementing the Supreme Court decision even after six months.
    Culprit (Naval Officer in charge ) should be tracked and charged with negligence / carelessness and case should be handled by Mr. Ramjethamalani.
    Now Those poor sailors should get their pension immediately and anyone playing with their case should be jailed immediately.

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  • Rakeshsood says:

    Nothing is going in Favour I don’t think we will get anything from navy
    The sad thing I have given my prime period to navy

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  • Mohan rao indian says:

    DEAR RAKESHOOD, UNDERSTAND THE PAINFUL LIVING AT PRESENT AS WE GIVE A STRONG COMMITMENT AT THE AGE OF 14-16 YEARS ENTRY IN SERVICE ATTENDING A SHIFT PATTERN 12 HOURS PER DAY AND WORK FOR 16 HOURS A DAY ON BOARD SHIP ALL ALONG 10 YEARS AND AWAIT FOR THE PENSION APPROVAL.

    DO NOT LOOSE HOPE. WE DO NT GIVE UP . WE KILL THE ISSUE NO MATTER EVERY ONE LEAVE ONE AFTER.

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  • Rajinder singh says:

    Good afternoon sir.may I request yourgoodself what is the status of 10+10 special pensions fornaval sailors granted by supreme court.I shall be very greatful for your kindness if you give me this informations.

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  • Advocateji says:

    Dear rajinder Singh, You may contact VSWA 9891909074

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  • VSWA have been trying using all possible channels available but I think naval authorities are not allowing to move the case to the defence minister/cabinet. Otherwise if not then government is also not ready to pay the special pension to veterans Sailors who are in the age group to, 65 and above
    Our pm n other political parties talk so much of welfare of the jawans where are the now. No news channel will report about this. Every evening they start shouting on debate on news programs. This is the but plight of our jawans when supreme court has ordered the special pension on 27th October 2016. More than,6 months passed. How long you can fight.I will request through this post to all who are involved please help these veterans who gave their prime time of life to the country and fought 1971 war against Pakistan. I also request to major news channels to take up this issue t the government. Regards Surinder Kaushal

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  • Mohan rao indian says:

    DEAR ALL INITIAL 10 YEARS SERVED AND RELEASED FROM SERVICE SIMILAR TO ME, LET ME HAVE KNOWLEDGE SHARING WE ALL SAY IT IS PART AND PARCEL / LIFE IS A GAMBLING. WE KNOW IT IS COMBINED POLITICS OF IN / MOD / GOI 1. DELAY 2. DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTION 3. DO NOT RESPOND TO SC 4. DO NOT RESPOND TO DM. 5 DO NOT RESPOND TO EXPERT COMMITTEE.

    EVERY ONE FEEL I AM DOING MY JOB AND NO FAULT AND WHY I SHOULD GIVE ANY STATEMENT.

    NOW TIME TO PLAY ONE UP POLITICS TO CRACK OPEN THE ISSUE TO AVAIL THE RIGHTFUL PENSION AND FACILITIES.

    WHAT IS THIS ONE UP POLITICS. I DO NOT WANT TO PUT IN THIS AND THINK OF CASE HISTORIES. YES WE ARE NOT PREPARED TO PLAY ONE UP POLITICS AS WE FOLLOW 5 P”S MAINLY WE ARE PATRIOTIC.

    EVERYTHING FAIL AS OF NOW THE LINE UP APPROACHED ON PENSION ISSUE AS NON LEFT OUT AND AGAIN QUE UP TO COURT BASE LESS. NO NEED TO TELL WHAT WE DID AND SUPPORTED THIS LAND THAT IS OUR DUTY THE THING WE CAN NOT CARRY A UNDERLYING CAUSE IS IN/ MOD/GOI FAILED PROMISES ON INITIAL LONG 10 YEARS SERVICE AND RELEASED SAILORS PENSION.

    EVEN THOUGH WE CAN NOT PLAY POLITICS AND ONE UP POLITICS AS NO ANSWERS FROM THE AUTHORITIES WHOM WE RESPECTED AND FOUND TO BE SPEECH LESS WE DO NOT GIVE UP GOD WILLING.

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  • Akash Gulati says:

    Where to contact

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  • Advocateji says:

    Dear Akash Gulati, you may contact VSWA 9891909074. This is HO at Dehi

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