All India Defence Brotherhood (AIDB), Punjab chapter has brought to the notice

All India Defence Brotherhood (AIDB), Punjab chapter has brought to the notice of the GOI, certain pertinent issues concerning the welfare of serving Defence personnel as well as yester years warriors.

In his DO letter to PM, Shri. Narendra Modi, on 27th December 2022, Brig. Kuldip Singh Kahlon, President AIDB Punjab has thanked him and hailed the long-awaited decision of the cabinet to equalise the OROP pension w.e.f. July 2019, which is in consonance with the govt. policy decision dated 7th November 2015. Appreciating the decision which will benefit more than 20 lakhs eligible ex-serviceman, war-widows, disabled personal and family pensioners. Brig. Kahlon has appealed to the PM to consider payment of arrears of enhanced pension to the super senior veterans above the age of 85 in one instalment, amongst some other categories. Kahlon feels number of such beneficiaries will be miniscule, which is further dwindling fast, and may not have any significant financial effect. Brig. Kahlon has also raised the matter with the chairman IESM, Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh, who has agreed to take up the issue at his level as well.

Taking opportunity, President AIDB has also drawn the attention of the worthy Prime Minister, that during the Kargil War, deceased PM Shri Atal Bihar Vajpayee, when noticed there’s no national policy regarding the welfare of serving soldiers as well as ex-servicemen, who then constituted a high-powered committee headed by the then Defence Minister Shri. George Fernandes which amongst other members included the Chief Minister Punjab. Kahlon in his letter has quoted the GOI letter under which he as a director Sainik Welfare Punjab, accompanied the CM/ designated minister, and attended some initial meetings. He believes that the policy has not seen the light of the day by the successive governments. He has appealed to the PM to accomplish the unfinished agenda of Atal ji, which will be in the centre as well as the state government’s interest to uniformly applying the rules, regulations and methodology for the welfare needs of the defence personnel and avoid court cases.

He has also highlighted the need to set up “Military Commission” so that responsibility and accountability of the erring officials for non-compliance of the govt. orders/instructions and taken to task. It will also be a morale booster for the warriors facing the extreme weather conditions and fighting the enemy in a befitting manner. Such a commission will go a long way, to ameliorate the numerous problems being faced by the families of the defenders of the nation, war widows and yester years warriors.