Gangtok, 19 Nov [IPR]:
The 161 Defence Pension Adalat [DPA] kicked off today at Defence Auditorium organized by the Principal Controller of Defence Account [Pension], Allahabad in collaboration with Army Formation, Headquarter 17 Mountain Division, Gangtok, informs a press release .
The Additional Controller General of Defence Account [CGDA], Sanjiv Mittal who was the chief guest inaugurated the two-day 161 Defence Pension Adalat.
The Adalatis for spot settlement of pension related grievance of defence pensioners of Sikkim including defence civilians residing in the state. This is the first time the DPA for pensioners of Sikkim has been held in Gangtok. Earlier it was held in other North Eastern States.
Dignitaries present on the inaugural day of DPA, PCDA [pension] Praveen Kumar, PCDA of Border Road Organization (BRO), J. Lingdim, GOC of 17 Mountain Division, Major General, NS Raja Subramani, Deputy GOC 17 MTN Division, Brig Harshvardhan Singh, Secretary of Rajya Sainik Board, Col [Retd], DN Bhutia and other officials of various rank Principal Controller of Defence Account [PCDA]
Sanjiv Mittal stated that Controller General of Defence Accounts [CGDA] already started Digital mode of practices like; e-PPOs [pension payment orders], e-payments and pensioners portal through which pensioners may seek clarification on their pension-related issues when the Prime Minister is promoting the Digital India programme. He urged everyone to take advantage of digital mode of communication and outlined the various initiatives taken by DPA in the sanction and disbursement of Defence pension.
He appealed to all pensioners to make full use of the toll free number 1800-180-5321 at Pension Cell Allahabad and also link their PPO. Mittal also asked them to optimally utilize the facilities for redressal of all issues.
Earlier, Rajya Sainik Board Secretary in his address informed the gathering that the DPA received overwhelming response for spot settlement of pension related grievances from the Ex-servicemen of Sikkim. Around 52 cases were received on the inaugural day of the Adalat and most of the cases are likely to be settled during the course of Adalat and some more cases are expected to come up during these two days of the DPA.
It was informed that in Sikkim around 1500 ex-servicemen including widows are receiving pension from Ministry of Defence.
During the function, Pensioner Notice Brochure and Documentary CD on Defence Pension Info were also unveiled by the chief guest.The chief guest also handed over grant in aid cheque to 25 ex-servicemen and widows of the state.
GOC of 17 Mountain Division, Major General,NS Raja Subramani also addressed the gathering.