Hyderabad: The 148th Defence Pension Adalat was inaugurated at MCEME Auditorium in Secunderabad Cantonment here on Thursday.
For redressal of grievances of Defence Pensioners including Defence Civilians residing in the state of Telangana and adjoining states, the Adalat was organized by PCDA (Pensions), Allahabad under the aegis of the Controller General of Defence Accounts,
New Delhi in consultation with the Ministry of Defence. The Adalat was inaugurated by Veena Prasad, IDAS, Controller General of Defence Accounts.
Veena Prasad, IDAS, Controller General of Defence Accounts intimated in her address about various schemes and facilities being implemented for welfare of Ex-service men.
She stated that the Government is committed for welfare of the Ex-service men and whenever any suggestion will come in this regard, the government will positively consider the same.
She is also narrated that this office is in process of switch over the pension system in new e-pension system in which PPO directly send to concerned PDA’s and ex-servicemen’s E-Mail & pension directly deposited to concerned ex-servicemen’s Bank accounts by PCDA(Pensions) itself. Veena Prasad, CGDA has unveiled a Defence Pension Booklet on the occasion.
The dignitaries present on the occasion were Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA), Praveen Kumar, IDAS, PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad ,T Ram Babu, IDAS, Controller of Defence Accounts Secunderabad, Y Raja Reddy, IDAS, Controller IT & SDC, Secunderabad, Vivek B Umap, IDAS, Director (Fin) ASL, Colonel (Retd) P Ramesh Kumar, Director Rajya Sainik Board, Telangana and officials from the three Service Headquarters, Defence Accounts Department, Public Sector Banks, and other civil executive authorities.
In his welcome address, Praveen Kumar, PCDA (Pensions), Allahabad highlighted various projects being implemented for providing improved services to the pensioners. Among others, he mentioned about pensioners portal, Pension Call Centre, e-PPO, e- AUDIT and e- Adalats.
Now any pensioner across the country can call on Toll free No.1800-180-5325 and seek clarification or register the pension related problem for speedy disposal.
Major General N Srinivas Rao, GOC, TASA in his inaugural address paid rich tributes to service rendered by Ex-service men during their active service.
He lauded various efforts being made by PCDA (P), particularly the initiative of e-Pension Adalat, for increasing the satisfaction level among ex-service men. He advised all veterans to take fullest benefit of the Adalat.
T Rambabu, IDAS CDA Secunderabad spoke about the initiative taken by PCDA (P) Allahabad. He appreciated the efforts of Defence Accounts Department in faster implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP).
He also appealed to all pensioners to register their Aadhaar number and mobile number with their pension disbursement agency. This would facilitate banks to inform the details of pension being paid to them.
During the inaugural ceremony a live presentation has been shown by Sandeep Thakur, IDAS, Joint CDA (Pensions) Allahabad for speedy settlement of grievances of pensioners. The various new features of PCDA (P) web side and design a new format of e-ppo (Civil) were the highlighted segments of the Adalat.
The Adalat received an overwhelming response from the Ex-Servicemen. Over 560 cases were received during the first day of the Adalat.
Most of the cases related to pensioners queries regarding correctness of the pension payment being received by them and with the availability of the database brought for the e-adalat, these cases are likely to be settled during the course of the Adalat itself some more cases are expected to come up during the second day of the Adalat.
This is the 11th Pension Adalat in the State of Telangana/Andhra Pradesh since its inception in 1987. The Adalat will also continue on 28th Julyat the same venue.
All pensioners having pension related problems have been advised to attend the Adalat with all their supporting documents. (INN)