To broaden public understanding of Air Force's role in the nation's security and welfare
Air Marshal (Retd); S Varthaman PVSM AVSM VM VSM
Gp Capt (Retd) V Palanisamy
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No 25, Jal Vayu Vihar; Madambakkam; Chennai 600073
No 10, Jal Vayu Vihar; Madambakkam; Chennai 600073
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Gp Capt (Retd) Sambasiva Rao
Gp Capt (Retd) JR Arunachalam VSM
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History of Air force association Tamil Nadu Branch
The Tamil Nadu Branch of the Air Force Association was simultaneously formed on 15 Sep 1980 with the Air Force Association at Delhi, under the Presidentship of Air Mshl BS Krishnarao PVSM (Retd) assisted by a team of retired Air Force personnel which included Wg Cdr CB Amarendra (Retd), Wg Cdr DK Sundaram (Retd), Wg Cdr P Ramamurthy (Retd), Wg Cdr Padmanabhan (Retd), Sqn Ldr CPA Nair (Retd), Ex-MWO Chokalingam , Ex-Sgt Joseph and Ex-Cpl Ganapathy. The President converted a room in his house as the office of AFA TN Branch. He did not have any secretarial assistance and used to personally write the letters to all concerned by hand and post them himself.
The office functioned all these years at the resident of the President. Locating the office at a permanent place was seriously taken up and with the assistance and cooperation of AOC Air Force Station Tambaram, it was decided to open the office within the Air Force Station Tambaram Campus. The new office was inaugurated by Air Mshl BK Pandey PVSM AVSM VM, the then Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Training Command, on 20 Mar 2004. The office is open six days a week and manned by volunteers. It is gratifying to report that after shifting to the new permanent location, as compared to earlier years, there is greater utilization of the branch office services by members.
As of date the following Chapters are functioning under this Branch
Spouse Special Meeting:
1. There has been growing number of problems faced by widows with respect to family pension. Many do not know how to go about resolving them. Yet there are some who are ignorant of what one is really entitled for resulting in loss of their genuine entitlement.
2. The Tamil Nadu Branch of AFA adopted a unique method of addressing the issues to make a difference in the life of widows to live honourably. With this intention all known spouses in the Tamil Nadu AFA Directory were invited to a meeting on 22 Feb 14 at Air Force Station Tambaram. They were requested to forward their problems/queries in advance to facilitate preparation. After having received their responses the following were invited to provide on the spot resolution/clarification:
a) Canara bank, Central bank, CDA Chennai, Department of ESM Welfare Tamil Nadu, DPDO, Dte of Air Veterans, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Banking Ombudsman at Reserve Bank of India Chennai and State Bank of India – All were represented except Central Bank.
b) Dte of Air Veterans – GpCapt S Mediratta along with one staff member attended the meeting.
c) ECHS - Oi/c ECHS polyclinic , Tambaram attended the meeting.
3. In all 122 spouse members registered for the meet. In addition to the spouse members some Air Veterans too utilised the opportunity to meet the concerned officials and got relief.
4. Most of the cases that were forwarded to the agencies were given solutions. A few of them, where certain documents were made available by the spouse members, were cleared on the spot. Balance of the cases were kept pending for want of submission of documents by the spouse members. A fair number of spouse members expressed satisfaction after the meeting. It was apparent that the meeting was successful to a large extent. The representatives of the various agencies were able to clear some of the fresh cases, on the spot, and have assured an early solution to most of the other cases.
5. Contact numbers of various offices concerned with Veteran matter also given to the members. This is to facilitate direct contact with the officials.
34TH AGM : 34TH AGM was conducted on 03 May 2014 at Umapathy Hall, AF Station, Tambaram.
123rd DEFENCE PENSION ADALAT, MADURAI, TAMIL NADU ON 11 & 12 AUG 14 :
1. The 123rd Defence Pension Adalat, scheduled for two days i.e., on 11 & 12 Aug 14, was inaugurated at Hatsun Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Madurai, Tamil Nadu on 11 Aug 14 at 1100 h by Ms vandana Srivastava, CGDA, New Delhi. The other notable dignitaries who participated in the Adalat include Dr Pungle, PCDA(P), Allahabad, Lt Gen Jagbir Singh, SM VSM, GOC, HQ ATNK&K Area and Sri Rajesh Sharma, CDA Chennai. Three members of this Branch attended the adalat with the agenda to discuss the following most important case studies
a) Additional Pension/family Pension to those who have attained 80 years of age and more.
b) Enhancement of ordinary family pension in respect of pre 2006 JCOs/ORs family pensioners.
c) Dual family Pensions
2. Six beneficiaries were presented cheques on account of the arrears of pension/family pension due to them. The highest amount of 22.07 lakhs was presented to Smt Rukman Rajan, widow of acting Major Rajan, who was killed in Indo-China war in 1962.
3. During the tea time, the representatives of this Branch approached the CGDA Ms Vandana Srivastava and requested for a slot of 20-30 minutes for a presentation to highlight three most important aspects of pension/family pension issues and bring out the anomalies to their notice. The CGDA expressed her inability to accommodate our request as she was leaving for New Delhi soon after the tea. However, she accepted a copy of the presentation material and has assured us to look into the points made by the association.
4. Then Dr Pungle, PCDA(P), Allahabad, was approached. He agreed to meet the team separately and discuss the issues with his team of officers. Soon after the points were put across to him in brief, he said that as soon as the Corr PPOs are issued to all, within the next few weeks, all these would get sorted out automatically. He portrayed that the Corr PPOs would be panacea for all the problems of defence pensioners / family pensioners of the country.
AFA Flag Day : Association Flag Day was observed in two phases
1. The President Air Marshal S Varthaman PVSM AVSM VM VSM (Retd), Secretary Group Captain A Sambasiva Rao (Retd), Vice President Tambaram Chapter Wing Commander AM Balakrishnan (Retd) and Joint secretary Tambaram Chapter Ex Sgt M Ali, called on HE Dr K Rosaiah, Governor of Tamil Nadu, on 13 Sep 2014 on the occasion of AFA Flag Day and adorned him and Raj Bhavan staff with AFA Flag.
2. AOC and all Air Warriors of AF Station Tambaram hosted a high tea for all the office bearers, volunteers and members of AFA TN Branch, on 16 Sep 2014. AOC presented a cheque of ₹ 16,000/-, collection towards AFA Flag Day, to Gp Capt A Sambasiva Rao (Retd), Secretary, AFA TN Branch.
34th Anniversary :
1. The branch celebrated its 34th Anniversary on 20 Sep 2014 at Roopvani Theatre, AF Station, Tambaram. Air Mshl S Varthaman PVSM AVSM VM VSM presided over the function. Air Marshal HB Rajaram AVSM VSM, Air Officer -in -charge Administration was the chief guest. Air Cmde Rippon Gupta, AOC AF Station Tambaram, Air Cmde P Ramesh, AOC AF Station Avadi also participated. The function was attended by more than 500 members from across Tamilnadu.
Air Force Song
GENERAL INFORMATION ON SCHOLARSHIPS, FINANCIAL GRANTS AND MARRIAGE ENDOWMENT
1. Sqn Ldr KV Pillai & Smt Saraswathi Pillai Scholarship : Wg Cdr KV Rajagopal VM (Retd), has, in the year 2010, deposited ₹ 1,00,000/- as corpus fund, to institute this scholarship in memory of his parents. Starting academic year 2011-12, the interest accrued on this deposit is being utilised towards awarding scholarship to two deserving girl children, of Air Veterans, Studying in XI and/or XII standards on the basis of merit cum means.
2. Judge Shri M Kumaraswamy Pillai And Smt Ramalakshmi Pillai Scholarship : Smt Lalitha Rajagopal, wife of Wg Cdr KV Rajagopal VM (Retd) has Deposited ₹ 1,00,000/-, as corpus fund, to institute this scholarship. Starting This Academic Year, the interest accrued on this deposit is being Awarded To Two Deserving Children Of Air Veterans, Studying In Secondary/Higher Secondary Classes. The selection is being made on merit cum means basis.
3. HFO S Jabali & Smt S Pattammal : Gp Capt J Chandra Sekhar VSM (Retd), has, in the year 2012, deposited ₹ 1,00,000/- as corpus fund and interest amount for one year, to institute this scholarship in honour of his parents. Thus, starting academic year 2012-13, the interest accrued on this deposit is being utilised towards awarding scholarship to two deserving girl children, of air veterans, studying in XI and/or XII standards on the basis of merit cum means. The recipients of this scholarship need to be natives of the State of Tamil Nadu.
4. Air Cmde K Lakshmanan & Smt Meenalochini Lakshmanan Financial Grant : During the academic year 2013-14, Air Cmde K Lakshmamnan VSM (Retd) has started financial grant of ₹ 5,000/- each to two school going children of air veterans. This academic year, too, Air Cmde K Lakshmamnan VSM (Retd) gave financial grant of ₹ 5,000/- each to two school going children of Air Veterans.
5. HFO M Victor Gunaseelan Financial Grant : This academic year, Smt Gnanam Gunaseelan, wife Of HFO M Victor Gunaseelan (Retd) has sponsored financial grant of ₹12,000/- for one child. This financial grant is for school going child of Air Veteran who is a member of AFA TN Branch. The selection is on the basis of merit cum means. The minimum marks required to be eligible for this grant are 45% for the child of NC(E) and 60% for the child of airmen. At the end of the function, Smt Gnanam Gunaseelan decided and pledged to deposit ₹ 1,35,000/- as corpus fund and continue the scholarship every year.
6. George & Helen D’Couto Scholarship : Gp Capt Eslin D’Couto VM (Retd), has, in the year 2013 deposited ₹ 1,00,000/- as corpus fund and interest amount for one year, to institute this scholarship, in honour of his parents. Thus, starting academic year 2013-14, the interest accrued on this deposit is being awarded to two deserving school going children, of air veterans, on the basis of merit cum means.
7. Geraldine D’Couto Marriage Endowment : Gp Capt Eslin D’Couto VM (Retd), has, in the year 2013 deposited ₹ 1,00,000/- as corpus fund to institute this endowment, in memory of his sister. The interest accrued on this deposit will be utilised to supplement the expenditure on marriage of one daughter of Air Veterans who are members of AFA TN Branch. This support will be based on means of the Air Veteran/Spouse.
8. HFO P Gopalan and Late Smt Nagalakshmi Scholarship : HFO P Gopalan (Retd) has deposited ₹ 1,00,000/- as corpus fund to institute this scholarship. Starting academic year 2015-16, the interest accrued on this deposit would be used to award two scholarships to deserving children, of Air Veterans, studying in XI and/or XII standards on the basis of merit cum means.
UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL PARTICULARS AND ADDRESS
AFA TN Branch is in the process of printing a directory of all the members. Members are requested to update all the information concerning them. Information can be sent to the branch by post or intimated on telephone number 044 2239 2546 or on email [email protected]. Compilation and printing was planned to commence on 01 December 2013. However, only one Chapter has forwarded the amended list. All members are requested to update information as early as possible to enable this Branch to publish the directory.
JAMMU AND KASHMIR
TO SUPPORT THE VICTIMS WHO HAVE SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DEVASTATION, AN APPEAL IS BEING MADE TO ALL AFA TN BRANCH MEMBERS TO DONATE GENEROUSLY TO ENABLE AFFECTED PEOPLE, IN PARTICULAR AIR VETERANS/AIR WARRIORS, TIDE OVER THE CALAMITY, SURVIVE AND REBUILD THEIR LIVES. ALL AIR VETERANS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THE AMOUNT TO AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION TN BRANCH BY MULTICITY CHEQUE OR NEFT TRANSFER.
DETAILS FOR NEFT TRANSFER
ACCOUNT NUMBER : 30003618136
HISTORY OF AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION, TAMILNADU BRANCH
ALL CHAPTERS ARE REQUESTED TO SEND A COMPREHENSIVE WRITE UP. THIS EXERCISE IS FOR DOCUMENTING THE EVENTS WITH A VIEW TO ENSURE DISSEMINATION OF ACCURATE INFORMATION TO ALL AIR VETERANS. PLEASE COMPLETE THIS EXERCISE WITHIN THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS. THAT WILL GIVE US ENOUGH TIME TO COMPILE AND PUBLISH A BOOKLET ON AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION, TAMILNADU BRANCH AND ITS CHAPTERS, BEFORE THE NEW YEAR.
LIFE TIME ARREARS
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Sub:- (i) Payment of arrears of pension in cases where valid nomination has not been made under the Payment of Arrears of Pension
(ii) payment of arrears of family pension — reg.
1. Attention is invited to the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules. 1983 which provide that after the death of the pensioner, all moneys payable to the pensioner on account of pension will be paid to the nominee of the deceased pensioner. In the absence of any nomination made by the pensioner, the arrears of his/her pension are paid to the legal heir as per the procedure indicated in para 4 of part A of annexure to Ministry of Finance OM No.1 (3)-E.V/83, dated 11.10.1983. However, dependents of some pensioners expressed difficulties in obtaining the legal heir-ship certificates and represented that the necessity of production of legal heir-ship certificates may be waived where the amount of arrears payable is small
2. The matter had been examined in Ministry of Finance, D/o Expenditure vide OM dated 04/06/1985 and it was decided that in case where a valid nomination does not exist under the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983 and the dependent of pensioner is unable to produce the legal heir-ship certificate, the Payment of Lifetime Arrears of Pension accruing to the deceased pensioner may be authorized on the basis of any documentary proof regarding the relationship and heir-ship of the claimant if the gross amount of arrears does not exceed Rupees 25,000. In such cases, if the gross amount did not exceed Rupees 5,000 and case represented no peculiar features, the accounts officer was authorised to make the payment on his own authority.
3. The Government has further looked into the matter and decided to increase the limits of Rupees 5000 and 25000 as indicated in Department of Expenditure OM, dated 4.6.85 to Rupees 50,000 and 2,50,000 respectively. The conditions and the procedure of payment as indicated in Department of Expenditure OM, dated 22.10.1983 and 04.06.1985 will remain the same, which are reiterated hereunder.
4. The Pension Disbursing Authority (PDA) may receive application along with any documentary proof regarding the relationship and heir-ship of the claimant, in case the claimant is the recipient of family pension, the Disbursing Officer will verify the identity of the claimant with reference to the disburser’s half as well as pensioner’s half of the PPO and give a certificate of having done so. PDA will duly attest the documents received from the applicant and forward these along with the application to the Accounts Officer. The Accounts Officer, on receipt of application along with a copy of PPO of the pensioner and other documents from the PDA, will calculate the amount of arrears and issue necessary authority for payment of Life-time arrears to the disbursing authority if the case does not present any peculiar features and the amount does not exceed Rs.50,000. In case the amount exceeds Rupees 50,000 hut does not exceed Rupees 2,50,000, the Accounts Officer will obtain the orders of the Head of Department or Administrator or the CAO in the case of pensioners from Indian Audit & Accounts Department or any Officer of that Department declared as an HOD. Payment will be made on execution of a duly stamped indemnity bond in Form T.R. 14/G.A.R. 26, with such sureties as necessary in terms of para 7 below. In case of any doubt and also in cases where the amount of arrears exceeds Rupees 2,50,000, payments shall be authorized to be made only to the persons producing the legal authority.
5. This department’s OM No. 43/4/95-P&PW(G), dated 30.10.1995 stipulates that in the event of death of a family pensioner, the right to receive any arrears of family pension would automatically pass on to the eligible member of the family next in line. The requirement of succession certificate for payment of any arrears occurs only where there is no member in the family who is eligible to receive family pension after the death of the family pensioner. Therefore, it has been decided that the provisions of this office memorandum will also apply to the payment of arrears of family pension where no member of family is eligible to receive family pension.
6. The Head of Department here means the Head of Department as defined in rule 2 (xvi) of the General Financial Rules, 2005. However, in order to ensure that the citizens do not have to face unnecessary hardships, it has been decided that in the case of field establishments, the Administrative Ministries/Departments may delegate the power of head of Department to the Head of Office in the rank of Deputy Secretary/Director, if felt necessary by them. It is also clarified that this OM will cover all such past cases.
7. Normally, there should be two sureties, both of known financial stability. However, in case the amount of claim is less than Rs.75,000/, the authority accepting the indemnity bond for and on behalf the President of India should decide on the merits of each case whether to accept only one surety instead of two. The obligor as well as the sureties executing the indemnity bond should have attained majority so that the bond has legal effect or force. The bond is required to be accepted on behalf of the President by an officer duly authorised under Article 299(1) of the Constitution.
8. These orders will not be applicable in cases where a valid nomination exists under the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983. In such cases, the payment of arrears will be authorised to be made to the nominee (s).
9. As regards pensioners/family pensioners belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments, these Orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their ID Note No.568/E.V/2013, dated 28th June, 2013 and O/o Controller General of Accounts vide their ID No. 1(7)/TA-III/2011-12/Miscl/116, dated 13.02.2013.
SIGNIFICANCE OF ARMED FORCES FLAG DAY
After World War -1, Armistice Day was celebrated on 11th November of each year. Armistice means cessation hostilities or short truce. As WW-1 came to an end on 11th November 1918, 11th November each year was celebrated as Armistice Day. It was also known as ‘Remembrance Sunday’, ‘Veterans Day’ and so on. On this day, tokens of poppies were sold to the public and the amount so collected was used for the welfare of war veterans and their families. It may be noted that ‘Armistice day’ or ‘Remembrance Sunday’ or ‘Veterans Day’ was celebrated.
2. After Independence of India, the Cabinet Committee on Defence decided on 28th August, 1949 that the ‘Armed Forces Flag Day’ would be observed on 07 December each year. The most significant point to note is that the Armed Forces Flag Day in India would be observed but not celebrated. The committee had also explicitly enunciated that the day is to be observed so as
(a) To honour the valiant dead
(b) To salute the veteran brave and
(c) To renew the pledge with active service personnel of the Armed Forces.
3. As per the census of 30 Sep 2013, there are 1,21,666 Armed Forces Veterans (ESM) and 58,715 spouses (Widows of ESM) in our country. With such a high population of proud Armed Forces Veterans, we have deviated from the solemn declarations of the Cabinet Committee in that we have started
(a) Celebrating Armed Forces Flag Day instead of observing it. Is it an occasion to celebrate?
(b) There is no system in vogue/method adopted to honour the ‘Valiant Dead’ .The least one could think of is to lay wreaths at the war memorial at Chennai. The team in all fairness may be lead by Honourable Chief Minister, followed by Civilian Dignitaries, retired and serving Defence Services Officers and so on. In the districts, wherever memorials are available, the District Collector may lead the team to honour the valiant dead.
(c) No legendary Veteran brave is ever remembered let alone talking about their bravery in the presence of the living armed forces personnel.
(d) As regards renewing the pledge with active service personnel, the less said the better.
4. True to the axiom “Better late than never”, we all need to put an end to the deteriorating trend. The Central government should constitute a committee of Defence Services officers to go into the entire gamut of issues, taking the Cabinet Committee’s decision as base, and workout the Do’s and Don’ts for the guidance of the Central and State Govenments.
5. The Nation must recognise that it is a ‘Day’ to remember the sacrifices of the Armed Forces Personnel. A few suggestions in this regard are:
(a) At the National level Honorable President of India, the Supremem Commander of the Armed Forces, may address the Nation on 6th December each year, on the eve of the ‘Armed Forces Flag Day’, as he does regularly on the eve of ‘Independence Day’.
(b) Sounding a siren, for a minute, throughout the country at a predetermined time on 07th December. Every citizen may rise to recollect that it is ‘Armed Forces Flag Day’.
(c) If the day happens to be a working day, the school and college students also should stand in silence for a minute on hearing the siren.
(d) All calendars/diaries manufactured in the country to prominently show 07 December as ‘Armed Forces Flag Day’ with the logo of the ‘Tri Services’.