FLASH

Invites regional ESM organizations to get affiliated with AFVAI to strengthen the movement Further.Please contact at afvaindia@gmail.com #

FLASH


WATCH THIS BLOG REGULARY FOR LATEST PENSION RELATED NEWS & OTHER SERVICE BENEFITS RELATING TO EX-SERVICE PENSIONERS
#

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Loss to the Nation

This is what we call - A Real Hero!!

Air commodore Sanjay Chauhan died in a Jaguar crash.

He didn’t eject because aircraft was over the village and could have taken many lives, so he went down with his plane ! 

Accepting certain death and not abandoning his plane. 

This is true spirit and courage of brave soldier..RIP🌺

Salute you sir for your unconditional services for motherland

🇮🇳🙏


From AFVAI 
Jai Hind

Sunday, 27 May 2018

VETS JOINED AFVAI

VETS JOINED AFVAI (MAY 2018)
    DISTT. MUKAATSAR ( PUNJAB )
S.NO     RANK                  NAME I CARD NO
1 HAV GURMEET  SINGH PB - 2478
2 NK FALAL SINGH PB - 2479
3 L/NK CHHINDER PAL SINGH PB - 2480
4 NK ANGREJ SINGH PB - 2481
5 NK BALWINDER SINGH PB - 2482
6 HAV JASWANT SINGH PB - 2483
7 H N/SUB GURMEET SINGH PB - 2484
8 NK SURJEET SINGH PB - 2485
9 NK BALRAJ SINGH PB - 2486
10 NK MUKHTIAR SINGH PB - 2487
11 NK GURJANT SINGH PB - 2488
12 L/NK CHAMKAUR SINGH PB - 2489
13 SEP BIRBAL SINGH PB - 2490
14 NK SUKHPAL SINGH PB - 2491
15 SEP PRITAM SINGH PB - 2492

Kind Regards
G.S.SIDHU
Chairman
AFVAI

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

VETS JOINED AFVAI

 VETS JOINED AFVAI ( MAY 2018 )
Srl No RANK              NAME I CARD NO
      ( HIMACHAL PRADESH )
1 SUB MAJ P C RANA HP - 6044
2 SEP KULDEEP KUMAR TAYAGI HP - 6045
       ( DELHI )
3 JWO KUL BHUSHAN DL - 6046
         ( PUNJAB )
4 HAV ROSHAN SINGH PB - 2797
5 NK KARMIR SINGH PB - 2798
6 HAV BALDEV SINGH PB - 2799
7 HAV BAHAL SINGH PB - 2800
8 HAV  TARA SINGH PB - 2640
9 H.CAPT PARAMJIT SINGH PB - 2641
10 SUB  DEV RAJ PB - 2642
11 NK BALJIT SINGH PB - 2644
12 NK JOGINDER SINGH PB - 2645
13 NK HIMAT SINGH PB - 2646
14 NK KARAM SINGH PB - 2647
15 HAV SARUP SINGH PB - 2648
16 NK SATNAM SINGH PB - 2474
17 NK MUNSHI RAM PB - 2475
18 HAV PIPAL SINGH PB -2476
19 NK BALJIT SINGH PB - 2477

Kind Regards
G.S.SIDHU
Chairman
AFVAI

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Regrading guidelines to ESM Org.

Regrading guidelines to ESM Org.

AFVAI New Delhi <afvaindia@gmail.com>Sun, Apr 29, 2018 at 8:46 PM
To: jsesw@nic.in
The Joint Secretary                                                                    Date - 29th ​​​​​April, 2018
DESW
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

REQUEST TO DELETE DISCRIMINATORY INSERTIONS TO RECOGNISE EX-SERCEMEN ASSOCIATIONS IN YOUR LETTER NO.28(86)2017/D(Res-1 dated 6 Mar,2018

We are the veterans of AFVAI (Armed Forces Veterans Association of India) formed of ex JCOs , Ors and honorary commissioned officers to look into the welfare measures of ex-servicemen and registered under Society Act 1860 Registration No- society west-2016-8901939.

It is honourably submitted to your good self that we have gone through the newly introduced guidelines called “INSERTIONS” to form ex-servicemen associations mentioned in your Letter NO.28(86)2017/D(Res-1 dated 6 Mar,2018 addressed to DGR and the letter is an extension to the Ministry’s letter No.9(37)92/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 31.01.1996. After profound reading and reasonable interpretation and analysis, we have come to this conclusion that the revised guidelines are vague, discriminatory, irrational, impractical and even obnoxious only intended to thwart ex-servicemen to form associations to raise their genuine problems and grievances to the Competent Authority and to the Govt. of India through proper channels such as MOD, DESW and KSB. Some of the guidelines are very clear and they were very much in existence due to the Society Registration ACT, 1860 under which AFVAI has been formed and this Association has been raising genuine grievances of the community reasonably restraining itself to a well defined level of decorum and decency in respect of language, tone and manner. AFVAI has its Charter, its Constitution/bye laws, has Pan India Presence, and performs its duties as per the Charter of its adopted Constitution/bye laws.

The revised guidelines as per the above-mentioned letter are full of contradictions and do not motivate to form associations to raise alarming grievances of ex-servicemen and widows but they seem to be discouraging and thwarting the very aim of forming associations. The ex-servicemen are annoyed and have expressed their anguish against the “INSERTIONS” which are intended only to deprive us of our constitutional rights. We would like to mention some of the newly introduced guideline as “EXTRANEOUS” and “SUPERFLUOUS”. Let us analyze and dissect these new guidelines in the light of feasibility and practical approach as per the conditions placed from Para 1 to 7 including its section and sub sections. We are mentioning only those guidelines which are impractical and against the ethos of democratic and constitutional values.

Let us read 1(b) and 1(n) together. The association should have “MINIMUM” membership of one lakh and relaxation is granted to associations exclusively of Air Force and Naval Veteran as being minimum ten thousand. Read the line in 1(n)”The composite Associations representing ex-servicemen of three services should have a balance of tri service representation and also balanced representation of all ranks i.e. officers, JCOs, ORS and equivalent ranks of Air Force and Navy.”

EXPLANATION SOUGHT
Sir, we are surprised to see these new guidelines inserted through this letter. The condition of one lakh members for recognition is astronomical and impractical especially for those newly raised associations. It is totally unconstitutional and against the spirit of Society Registration Act, 1860. We request the writer of these guidelines to read the Society Registration Act, 1860 as to the requirement of members to form associations and the Society Registration Act ,1860 has been enacted in the parliament and duly endorsed in many cases by the Honourable Supreme Court.
Any prescription for numbers of members to form association beyond the Society Registration Act. 1860 is arbitrary, whimsical, unconstitutional and intended only to thwart the efforts of honest organization such as AFVAI exclusively composed of PBOR and others to raise the genuine demands of veterans. We have concluded that these guidelines are nothing but “HANDIWORK” OF our Army officers serving and retired and beaurocrats posted in MOD and DESW so that we may not raise our real concerns in respect of “EQUAL MSP, IMPLEMENTATION OF SLAB BASED SYSTEM ALONGWITH PERCENTAGE BASED SYSTEM FOR DISABLED SOLDIERS, RATIONALISATION OF PAY MATRICES IN RESPECT OF SEPOY GP X AND NB SUB GP X WHO ARE SHORT FIXED AT THE INITIAL LABEL AND PUBLICATION OF ONE MAN JUDICIAL REPORT.

Sir, just see the contradiction in your guidelines that the Association must be composed of members from tri services having officers, JCO, OR on Pan India basis and equivalents of Air Force and Navy but side by side allowing separate association for Air Force and Navy giving relaxation in membership. It seems this clause is inserted to save some associations and discourage association like AFVAI which is gaining popularity and has become an eyesore to some of the officers who were enjoying monopoly on PBOR and reaping the fruits of benefits for themselves on the strength of PBOR.

STRONG OBJECTION
We, the office bearers and GB members of AFVAI strongly object to the stipulation that the Association must comprise of officers, JCO and OR and equivalent ranks in the Air Force and Navy due to the reasons enumerated below:-

1. There is no such rule or stipulation in the Society Registration Act 1860 passed by the Parliament.

2. AFVAI has its own Charter and very vocal and conspicuous that it is only for PBOR including Hon Capt and Hon Lt.

3. Historical facts show that officers whom we trusted have miserably failed in safeguarding our interests and welfare measures and have only manipulated our strength to pressurize Govt. to get theirs interests realized.

4. We are competent enough to raise the grievances of PBOR to the competent authority.

5. The DGR is related to rehabilitation and resettlement of retired soldiers but not with the task of screening applications of Association for recognition.

6. Any rule or stipulation beyond the sanction of Parliament as it is in the case of Society Registration Act 1860 is ultra vires and will face opposition not ruling out legal options.

7. This stipulation is perceived as an attempt of influential and manipulating forces to weaken the emerging image and reputation of AFVAI by inserting officers in the Associations meant only for PBOR.

8. We are of the opinion that inclusion of officers is envisaged only to contain and control the free citizens after military service and thereby create a virtual environment of fear and intimidationcreeping into the hearts of law abiding veterans.

REGISTRATION OF STATE CHAPTERS AT STATE LEVEL
It is ridiculous that an association registered at National Level under the Act 1860 needs its State Chapters registration at State Level. It is no where mentioned in the Act. This guideline is arbitrary, malicious, superfluous and subjective. It only shows that the framer of these guidelines need correct knowledge of the Act. Kindly delete this guideline from this letter.

FINANCES OF ASSOCIATION
A registered Association has a legal entity and it can sue and can be sued in its name. The Society Registration Act 1860 empowers the Chairman toaugment the financial sources of Association by various ways to serve the needs of its members. It allows the Chairman to increase its funds by admission fee, Subscriptions, donations & special contributions. He is authorized to take even loan on its assets from bank and other financial institutions. YOUR GUIDELINES ALLOWING FUNDS ONLY THROUGH MEMBERSHIP FEES IS UNWARRANTED AND AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF THE ACT, 1860. Kindly, delete this provision from this letter. 

Kindly be impartial and follow the tenets of the Society Registration Act, 1860 and let the PBOR enjoy their fundamental rights and democratic benefits after having served the nation for so many years.

Sir, we are veterans and fully believe in constitution and democratic values. We are “APOLITICAL” in the sense that we are not a threat to the National safety and security. We do not believe in forming political, religious, social, cultural, linguistic or communal groups to destabilize the integrity of our nation. We give you assurance that we are disciplined and respectful in respect of our language and behaviour.

Sir, our disciplined composure must not be taken for granted as it was taken by the Congress Party in respect of OROP for 45 yrs and we had taken full political decision to support NDA in Rewari Rally and when felt that we were being defrauded by the NDA Govt. we took large scale decision to stage “Dharana and Hunger “strike at Jantar Mantar. During this episode of OROP agitation, we were supported by many political parties. We cannot be called political if we take support of some political stalwarts to get our genuine problems solved through their pressure when these problems are not solved at the level of DESW and MOD.

SIR, WE ASSURE YOU THAT WE WILL COMPLY YOUR GUIDELINES BARRING A FEW CONTRADICTORY AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL GUIDELINES IN THE ABOVE LETTER. WE TAKE THIS AS AN OPPRTUNITY TO REQUEST YOU TO DIG OUT OUR LETTERS LYING DUMPED IN YOUR OFFICE FOR SO MANY MONTHS IN RESPECT OF EQUAL MSPPROTECTION CLAUSE IN DISABILTY ELEMENT BY INTRODUCING SLAB BASED SYSTEM ALONGWITH PERCENTAGE BASED SYSTEM, CORRECTION IN PAY MATRICES IN RESPECT OF SEPOY GP X AND NB SUB GP X IN 7 CPC AND OTHER ISSUES RAISED WITH YOU. KINDLY DO HONOUR YOUR OBLIGATION TO PUBLISH JUDICIAL COMMISSION REPORT TO MAKE US OBLIGED TO YOUR GUIDELINES.

Sir, we are surprised to see that your letter debars individual problems raised to you and would you sir let us know how the individual problems will be raised to your level.​​ 

Sir, we request you to delete those guidelines from the letter mentioned above, which are inconsistent with the Society Registration Act, 1860 and simultaneously request you to attend our genuine grievances lying with you so that we may remain apolitical and reasonable. Sir, Our Honourable President OF DAC (disciplinary Action Committee) of AFVAI call these guidelines as “Unconstitutional and an attempt to restrain civil freedom after retirement” when we are behaving lawfully and our one honourable Vice President from Maharashtra calls the one lakh membership as “ Astronomical” and the same can be projected dishonestly by dishonest persons. We are unable to comment on all points due to lack of space and for fear of our letter being lengthy.

In view of the above, it is requested to consider the views of veterans and amend the guidelines accordingly after rescinding the objectionable portions.

Thanking you sir 

Yours Faithfully

Hon Nb/Sub G S SIDHU
Chairman AFVAI
Mob - 9810233443

Nb/ Sub DIWAN SINGH
Gen Secy  AFVAI
Mob - 9811522783

E-mail ID - afvaindia@gmail.com              

Friday, 16 March 2018

VETS JOINED AFVAI

 VETS JOINED AFVAI
Punjab, Distt. Bathinda
S. No. Rank Name I Card No.
1 Nk Mohinder Singh PB - 2776
2 Sub Gurnam Singh PB - 2777
Punjab, Distt. MUKATSAR SAHEB
3 Nk Sukhraj Singh PB - 2778
4 Hav Gurmeet Singh PB - 2779
5 Sub Maj Balkar Singh PB - 2780
6 Nk Lakhmir Singh PB - 2781
7 Nk Balkar Singh PB - 2782
8 Nk Partap Singh PB - 2783
9 Hav Gurjant Singh PB - 2784
10 Nk Jaspal Singh PB - 2785
11 Sub Maj Kuldeep Singh PB - 2786
12 Nk Rajinder Singh PB - 2787
13 Widow Prabhjit Kaur w/o Hav Tarsem Singh PB - 2788
14 Hav Balbir Singh PB - 2789
15 Hav Parvinder Singh PB - 2790
16 Nk Gopal Singh PB - 2791
17 Hav Pargat Singh PB - 2792
18 Hav Balwinder Singh PB - 2793
19 Nk Major Singh PB - 2794
20 Nk Hardeep Singh PB - 2795
21 Hav Gurmit Singh PB - 2796
OTHER STATES
22 WO Tanaji Appaya Talavar KA - 6035
23 Sub Surinder Kumar Kapoor UK - 6036
24 Sub Ved Pal UK - 6037
25 Jwo Khairati Lal Sharma GJ - 6038
26 Sub Kailash Chandra Lakhera UK - 6039
27 Sub  Bhumesh Kumar Sharma UK-6040
28 Sgt Pradip Kumar Singh UP - 6041
29 Hav Kuldeep Chand HP - 6042
30 Sub Maj Ajay Kumar HP - 6043
31 Jwo Sunil Mankar MH-4006


Kind regards
GS Sidhu
Chairman AFVAI

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS / ANSWERS Reg. ECHS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
STATS & AUTOMATION

Ques 1: I am a war widow. Do I need to pay contribution towards availing ECHS facilities?
Ans: No War-widows are exempted from paying contribution towards availing ECHS facilities.
Authority: GoI, MoD letter No. 22(1)/01/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 08 Mar 2004.

Ques 2: My wife is also a defence pensioner. Who will pay contribution towards availing ECHS facilities?
Ans: Only one contribution has to be given.
Authority: GoI, MoD letter No. 22(20)/05/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 10 Feb 2006.

Ques 3: What are the rates of one time contribution for availing ECHS membership?
Ans: The rates of contribution are as appended below:
Grade pay drawn at the time of retirement (in Rupees)
Contribution (in Rupees) 1800/- pm to 2800/- pm and recruits drawing family pension/medical pension 15,000/-
3400/- pm and 4200/- pm 27,000/-
4600/- pm to 6600/- pm 39,000/-
7600/- pm and above and Officers under HAG Scale 60,000/-
Authority: GoI, MoD letter No. 22D(04)/10/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 02 Aug 2011.

Ques 4: I am a pre-96 pensioner. What would be the rate of contribution in my case?
Ans: Ex-serviceman drawing pension from CDA who have retired prior to 01 Jan 1996 are exempted from payment of contribution under ECHS.
Authority: GoI, MoD letter No. 17(10)/06/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 13 Apr 2007.

Ques 5: I am a war disabled pensioner. What would be the rate of contribution in my case?
Ans: Ex-servicemen who were disabled due to injuries received during proclaimed wars or any other encounters which had been specifically accorded such status are exempted from payment of contribution under ECHS.
Authority: GoI, MoD letter No. 24(2)/05/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 24 Jul 2005. 

Ques 6: I am a retired Short Service Commission Officer not in receipt of any kind of pension. Am I eligible for availing ECHS facilities?
Ans: No. ECHS facilities are not being extended unless ESM status and pension from CDA is being drawn.
Authority: MoD ID No. 18(6)/2009/US(WE) dated 12 Apr 2013.

Ques 7: I am residing in district which is not covered by ECHS. How can I avail the medical facilities?
Ans: ECHS beneficiaries who are holding a valid ECHS card and are residing in districts not covered by ECHS shall be eligible to obtain treatment from Govt (Central/State/Local Self Govt) hospitals and submit the medical re-imbursement claim to the ECHS Polyclinic.
Authority: GoI, MoD letter No. 22D(09)/2013/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 21 Aug 2013.

Ques 8: I have got married after retirement, Is my wife eligible for ECHS facility?
Ans: Yes, you can apply for ECHS card along with Part – II order published by respective Record Office.
Authority. Central Organisation ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dt 15 Jun 2011.

Ques 9: I am blessed with a baby child after retirement. How can I apply for ECHS card for my child?
Ans: You can apply for ECHS card along with Part – II order published by respective Record Office. You have to submit a fresh application along with the documents and master card for issue of new cards.
Authority (i) An affidavit of the circumstances under which the loss took place on Rs.10/- Non-Judicial Stamp paper duly notorised.
: Central Organisation ECHS letter No B/49701/AG/ECHS dt 09 Mar 2005.

Ques 10: I have lost my ECHS membership card. What procedure should I follow to get a fresh ECHS membership card?
Ans: You need to submit an application giving details of the lost membership card (s) to the dependent polyclinic / Stn HQ along with the following:-
(ii) Photocopy of the lost card (s), if held.
(iii) Fresh application form duly filled in and photographs affixed of all the beneficiaries concerned. 
On submission of an application for issue of a ECHS membership Card, a receipt will be issued by Stn HQ and this would be the authority for seeking treatment from an ECHS Polyclinic till the time the membership card is issued.
Authority: Central Org ECHS, Army HQ letter B/49711 /AG/ECHS dt 10 Oct 2012.

Ques 11: I am having a daughter who is above 25 years of age and still unmarried. Is she eligible for ECHS facilities?
Ans: Yes. You need to submit an affidavit to your Regional Centre, that your daughter above 25 years of age is still unmarried / widow / divorced and the monthly income of such daughter is not more than Rs. 9000/- excl DA and that she is wholly dependent on you.
Authority: Central Org ECHS, Army HQ letter B/49711 /AG/ECHS dt 04 Apr 2013 & B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS/2017 dt 06 Feb 2017.

Ques 12: I am having a daughter above 25 years of age who is permanently disable. Is she eligible for ECHS facilities?
Ans: There is no age restriction for onset of permanent disability in a dependent child. Mentally / Handicapped children who are unable to earn their livelihood are permitted to be dependent for life time. The minimum degree of disability should be 40% in order to be eligible for any concession / benefits under ECHS. Certification has to be done by service specialist.
Authority: Central Org ECHS, Army HQ letter B/49708-E/AG/ECHS dt 16 Apr 2013.

Ques 13: I have been issued with a temporary slip in lieu of ECHS Smart Card. The validity of same is expiring. What procedure should I follow for extension of temporary slip?
Ans: You can approach your Regional Centre / Stn HQ for extension of validity of your temporary slip. The validity of Temporary slip can be extended by 18 months from the date of issue or till resumption of Smart Card Project whichever is earlier.
Authority: Central Org ECHS, Army HQ letter B/49711-SC/AG/ECHS dt 07 Aug 2015 & 14 Jul 2016.

Ques 14: I have been issued with one temporary slip in lieu of ECHS Smart Card. However, me and my family are located at two different places, due to which my family is facing problem availing facility. Can I be issued with separate temporary slip for my dependents?
Ans: Yes. You can approach your Regional Centre / Stn HQ with a request for issue of additional temporary slip. However, the additional temporary slip will be issued only if your requirement is found genuine by the issuing authority.
Authority: Central Org ECHS, Army HQ letter B/49711-SC/AG/ECHS dt 14 Oct 2016.

Ques 15: I have availed treatment from Empanelled Private Hospital on referral from my Polyclinic. Do I need to pay the hospital bills?
Ans: No, treatment obtained from empanelled hospitals on referral from Polyclinic is cashless service. Hospital will be directly reimbursed from ECHS for the bills after due verification.

Ques 16: There was an emergency situation where my dependent son met with an accident. Can, I avail treatment from a Private nearby Hospital ?
Ans: Yes, in case of emergency for availing treatment at non empanelled hospital, you need to obtain sanction from your polyclinic within 48 hours of casualty.

Ques 17: I have availed treatment from a Private nearby Hospital in an emergency situation and paid the hospital bills. Am I am eligible for re-imbursement of hospital bills?
Ans: The payment for hospital bills will be initially borne by you. After treatment, the bills along with related documents to be submitted to polyclinic. Thereafter, polyclinic will process your claim for reimbursement. However, reimbursement will be made as per approved CGHS rates.


Regards
JWO BS Rokade
Vice President
AFVAI Maharashtra


EXSERVICEMEN BENEFITS