Delhi HC directs time bound release of pension to defence personnel

Expressing concern over the "callous disregard" of authorities in releasing the pension to defence personnel and their dependents, the Delhi High Court on Friday asked the centre to frame guideline for timely release of money.

Updated: Nov 26, 2010, 20:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Expressing concern over the
"callous disregard" of authorities in releasing the pension to
defence personnel and their dependents, the Delhi High Court
on Friday asked the centre to frame guideline for timely release
of money.
"It is unfortunate that there is such callous disregard
for the long years of service rendered by the defence
personnel and the casual manner with which matters relating to
pension are being treated," a bench headed by Justice Gita
Mittal said.

The bench directed the competent authority to frame
guidelines within 3 months for time-bound release of pension
benefits.

"The matters require examination at the highest level
and guidelines require to be formulated to ensure time-bound
processing of the pension which are admissible to defence
personnel or their dependents," the bench said.

"Appropriate guidelines shall be issued by the
competent authority within a period of three months from today
in this behalf and be notified," it said.
The court passed the order on a petition filed by a
90-year old woman, mother of a deceased army officer, seeking
the court`s direction to the Centre to release pension to her
family which has been denied for many years.

The court, after going through all records, found that
the mother Zubeda Begum was being unnecessarily harassed and
directed that pension be released within three months.

It also imposed a cost of Rs 15,000 on the Principal
Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension) which would be paid
to Zubeda.

"There is no accountability or transparency in the
functioning of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts
(Pension). The retired defence personnel as well as their
dependents are being unnecessarily harassed for payment of
pension amounts," the court said.

"Several similar cases have been brought to our notice
during the course of the proceedings wherein similarly
situated have been unbearably harassed. The matters require
examination at the highest level and guidelines require to be
formulated to ensure time bound processing of the pension
which are admissible to defence personnel or their
dependents," the court said.

PTI