New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today inaugurated the 172nd Defence Pensioners Adalat in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, becoming the first Defence Minister to be a part of the event.
The two-day Defence Pensioners Adalat aims at redressal of pension related grievances of veterans of the Armed Forces and their next of kin residing in all districts of Uttar Pradesh. It has been organised by Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Prayagraj in close coordination with Headquarters Central Command.
Addressing the function, Singh appreciated the good work by Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA). He said disbursement of Defence Pension is a complex process involving many agencies and Defence Accounts Department is working tirelessly to provide pensions in a time-bound manner.
Reiterating the Government’s commitment to timely approval of pensions, Singh assured that the Defence Accounts Department will leave no stone unturned in dealing with any challenges that come in the way.
Singh added that the Government fulfilled the long-standing demand of ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) that has benefited lakhs of Defence Pensioners across the country.
The Defence Minister lauded the role of veterans in nation building, terming them as a source of inspiration for generations. He highlighted Lucknow as the birthplace of martyrs like Captain Manoj Pandey and Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid, saying that the nation will always be indebted to their supreme sacrifice.
This Defence Pensioners Adalat is a small step in that direction, Singh added.
In his welcome address, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Central Command, Lt. Gen. IS Ghuman, said, of the total 31 lakh veterans in the country, about four lakh are in Uttar Pradesh and this Defence Pensioners Adalat has been organised in Lucknow after seven years with the efforts of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Lt. Gen. Ghuman said, along with pensions, the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), jobs and resettlements have also been covered in the two-day event.
Controller General Defence Accounts, Sanjeev Mittal, highlighted the developments undertaken in the Pension disbursal system. He said the Defence Accounts Department is going digital and a Comprehensive Pension Portal is about to be launched to address all pension-related grievances on one platform.
After the inaugural ceremony, Rajnath Singh met the veterans and interacted with the functionaries occupying various stalls for the aid of veterans, Veer Naris & Next of Kin.
Various Army and Defence Accounts officials along with a huge number of veterans were present on the occasion.
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