Supreme Court recalls its order to Defence Ministry in Pushpa Vanti case
New Delhi, July 18(ANI): The Supreme Court has recalled its order given on November 15 last year in which it directed the Defence Ministry to set up a commission to look into grievances of serving and former soldiers of the armed forces.
In the same order, the apex court had made a mention of the case of Pushpa Vanti, a widow whose husband was an Army major.
Pushpa had claimed that she was getting only a meager amount of 80 rupees per month as pension since the death of her husband in 1967 and her pension had not been revised since then.
In the said order, the Supreme Court also alluded to the discontent among serving and former members of armed forces, their widows and family members regarding their service condition-pay scales, anomalies regarding pension and inadequate pension-and directed the Central Government to set up a commission called Armed Forces Grievances Redressal Commission to look into the grievances.
Subsequently, the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare of the Defence Ministry verified the facts regarding the actual pension drawn by Pushpa and also considered the implications of setting up of such a commission given the fact that an elaborate mechanism for welfare and resettlement of ex-servicemen and their dependents already exists under the aegis of Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare.
On verification of facts it was found that Pushpa is actually drawing a family pension of 16,360 rupees and not 80 rupees as incorrectly represented before the apex court.
The factual position was brought before the Supreme Court on July 5 by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare through the Solicitor General of India who also submitted before the Supreme Court that for looking after the welfare and resettlement of ex-servicemen, a comprehensive mechanism is already in place, a Defence Ministry statement said.
Following this, the Supreme Court recalled its order. (ANI)
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