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Welfare Activities of Retired Personnel

 

 

MINUTES OF  BSF EX-SERVICEMEN MEETING HELD AT FTR HQ BSF PUNJAB ON 1ST OCT  07

 

            BSF Ex-servicemen Welfare Committee Meeting of Punjab Frontier was held on 1ST Oct 07 at 1130 hrs at Rangsala, HQ PB FTR BSF Jalandhar Cantt on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons to hear the problems being faced by retired BSF personnel and to take suitable steps to enhance the welfare measures.  Shri Arvind Ranjan, IPS, IG BSF Punjab presided over the meeting. Total 54 ex-BSF personnel including Officers, SOs, ORs, Class IVth  &  Widows/ladies attended the meeting.

 

2.         At the outset, Shri Mohinder Lal Wasan, DIG/PSO, HQ Punjab Frontier BSF Jalandhar welcomed all ex-servicemen on behalf of IG BSF Punjab.    He further mentioned that the meeting was arranged in a very short notice since instructions for conducting of the meeting was received at the eleventh hour.  

 3.         Thereafter, Shri I M Mall, IG(Retd), All India Ex-Para Military Personnel Association expressed his gratitude to the Inspector General and PSO of Punjab Ftr for conducting this  meeting of BSF ex-servicemen on the above special  occasion and put forth following points on behalf of the Ex-servicemen association :- 

S/No

   POINTS

DECISIONS TAKEN

 

1.

 

Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors who retired before 01-0I-1996 are drawing their pension 50% of     Rs. 5500/- and 5000/- respectively. But it was revised by the committee as per DELHI Police scale i.e. 6500/- PM and 5500/- PM respectively. Department gave this revised pay scale to serving persons only and not to retired Inspectors & Sub Inspectors. These retired   SOs  could not understand  the  anomaly.

 

 

In one of the such type of case, referred to PAD BSF in respect of Ex-Inspr Bant singh. The PAD BSF  has  intimated that  the revised  scale of pay at par with Delhi Police was  introduced  wef  10.10.1997 in respect of various ranks of BSF. It is    not applicable to the persons  who retired  before 10.10.1997. It is applicable only for serving persons who were on service as on 10.10.1997. 

 

2.

 

Police/ Army is  providing Rs. 1500/ - 2000/- on the death of retired personnel but in BSF  this facility is not available.

 

This point was referred to FHQ and FHQ BSF (Adm Dte ) has intimated that case for payment of  cremation charges to retired personnel  is under  consideration.

3.

Punjab Police and all other Civil Departments of Punjab Govt, are giving LTC to their staff after every two years even to the  retired personnel but  this facility is not available in BSF.

 

A copy of subject policy letter has been obtained from SDM Patti and sent to FHQ for consideration .Decision as and when  received  will be conveyed.

4.

Punjab Police is giving Rs. 7500/- upto the rank of Inspector on their daughter's marriage to retired pers but in  BSF  no such fund is available with them.

 

Subject policy letter of Punjab Govt.is being obtained from Civil Authorities and action will be taken on receipt  of same. However, Association is requested to provide a copy of said letter if obtained from Govt of Punjab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

 

Medical Allowance of Punjab State is Rs.350/-PM whereas centre is giving Rs.100/- PM whereas it should be the same for all.

 

Case is under consideration with 6th Pay Commission,  Recommendation of BSF may be seen in web site of FHQ i. e  www. bsf.gov.in.

 

6.

 

For indoor treatment of major disease like heart, kidney, eyes operation , knee problem & hearing aid etc a  fixed amount is being given to all effected persons

 

Case has been taken up with FHQ  for providing  appropriate payment  to the  retired personnel  for such major treatment  from the welfare fund. Decision from FHQ still awaited. 

 

7.

 

Punjab Govt. is giving 5% of basic pay to all retired persons at the age of 65 years and 5% more at the age of 75 years but in BSF the same is not given.

 

 

As per the Govt of Punjab ( Deptt of finance) L/No.1115/89-IFB:III/8078 dated 31st Aug’1989.Pensioners  of Govt of Punjab who have completed 70 years of age to get 5% allowance of basic pension and who have completed 80 years of age will get 10% of basic pension, copy of said letter has been  sent to FHQ for consideration. If any latest policy on subject  is available  with the Association, same may be provided to this HQ for  further necessary action.  

8.

It will be grateful if some quota exclusively for BSF retired pers are fixed to enroll their wards in BSF.

 

FHQ ( Pers Dte)  has intimated that in reference to utilize 5% vacancies of Constables for Recruitment  amongst son of BSF personnel to remain continue as a part of welfare measure,a case was taken up with MHA, but MHA has directed that no vacancy should be earmarked for the recruitment of son of Serving/retired/deceased Govt employees as Const in CPMFS. However as a welfare  measure, the worthy DG BSF is granting  condonation in age /height /chest to the wards of BSF personnel who qualify all other tests  as a common candidates and falls  within merit list  .

9.

BSF retired personnel must be invited once a year like on the eve of raising day etc., so that they may have a get together with their colleague after long depart. They  also suggested that simple lunch (KHANA) may also be given to all of them because they come from long distance and non-availability of meal in nearby area. If BSF is unable to provide lunch then  some amount may be collected from the individuals, but Army is providing lunch to their retirees even on rallies  of Ex-servicemen, which are huge in  strength.

Point  was  considered,  and retired  personnel  are being called for meeting from time to time. All Sector HQrs  and Units of this FTR have also been directed  to hold such meetings    on   BSF Day   for retirees who have been residing  in nearby areas  and  arrange Bara – Khana. Moreover  all the BSF retirees will  be given lunch after the meeting.

10

Ex-servicemen personnel are  facing great difficulties while purchasing CSD Canteen items from BSF Canteen since there is no sufficient manpower available in the BSF Canteen and one person is holding  two or three charges.  Sufficient manpower is to be provided to BSF CSD Canteen.  

It is mentioned that CSD canteen  no longer exists  in BSF.  Central Police Canteen has been   introduced by the MHA in BSF.  The items are being purchased directly from firms  and  rate of canteen profit has  also been decreased  due to which  items are available on cheaper rate in CPC. Efforts to get tax rebate by states  is also under progress through MHA thereafter items will become more cheaper. However as desired. time of canteen  in respect of  Ex-Para Military Personnel is fixed as under :-

        From 1100 hrs to 1300 hrs

       on every  Monday, Wednesday

       and   Saturday . 

11.

All type of information related to EX BSF pers either holding of meeting or welfare measures be given in newspapers.

As discussed, such type of information will be available on website of FTR HQ Punjab.i.e  www.pb.bsf.gov.in

12.

Non-entry of details of family members in Discharge Cards being issued to retirees is causing problems while applying for jobs etc.

The discharge certificate  has been revised by FHQ and in  latest   discharge certificate page  regarding details of family members has been  included.

13

       Under revised BSF welfare rules medical expenses incurred by retired personnel on serious disease such as Cancer, heart surgery, kidney etc should be  reimbursable from Central BSF Welfare Fund. Of late a case of Insp Bhatia was not reimbursed with reasons of non availability of funds. There after one Inspr Teja Singh obtained court order to get the reimbursement of the medical expenses. There are four more cases lying pending with FTR HQ( Acctt Br ).To avoid litigation, these four cases have  been taken up with FTR HQ PB Jalandhar vide our letter NO.CPMF/Ex-BSF dated 05/02/2007.It is strongly recommended  that  such rare  of the rarest  cases may be considered very sympathetically at FHQ and medical expenses be reimbursed. All retired personnel and husband of widows have contributed towards Welfare fund through out their service, thus the paucity of funds should not be the reasons to go for  litigation. Expenses of  which are not affordable by retired pers with meager amount of pension as source of income.

        With a view to sort out this problem it was decided  that interested Ex-BSF persons to get their CGHS cards prepared, and subsequently cases of 11 Ex-BSF persons were received   for the purpose, action is  in hand to get the same prepared..

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     At present this association is maintaining  its functions of day to day out of meager amount of membership fee contributed by the members of the association.  In  the past also this association has requested for allotment of some funds either by FTR HQ or by FHQ on regular basis. This request has not been accepted. Taking into account of welfare activities of this institution it may be appreciated that inflow of funds is of utmost importance. Ftr HQ may like to recommend  to FHQ to allot annual grant on regular basis.

        Point  for allotment of funds has been referred to FHQ, decision from FHQ is still awaited.

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Allotment of SRF quarter to the Widows

06 SRF quarters are likely to be completed shortly and cases for allotment of newly constructed SRF quarters are under process. Moreover, efforts are also being made to get the 06 Nos. SRF quarter vacated, from widows, who have completed their tenure on their proper rehabilitation. So that same can also be allotted to the widows who are on waiting list.

 4.         Thereafter, Shri Arvind Ranjan, IPS, IG BSF Punjab informed the ex-BSF personnel that this meeting is called in very short span and in future this type of information will be available on our web site and also informed that next meeting on the occasion of BSF Day will be held on 01 Dec 2007 at 1130 hrs.   IG also intimated that action on the following points of last meeting has already been taken by Ftr HQrs :-   

 

S/No

   POINTS

DECISIONS TAKEN

01.

   Inspite of role and task of Para Military Forces  and sacrifices made there is always disparity in pay, pension and other welfare care as  compared to Armed Forces This disparity commences the day one join these forces and continues during whole  service and even during the period after retirement. There is a need to consider/ review the anomaly in pay and pension.

        The point regarding various disparities in pay, pension and other welfare care as compared to other Armed Forces stand submitted before 6th pay commission by FHQ.  IG also informed that the recommendation made by BSF to 6th Pay Commission is available in BSF Web Site. The report of pay commission is likely to be published by Dec 2007.

 

02.

          For Armed Forces there are various institutions (Soldiers Board etc) which are designated at district levels in States to take care of welfare activities. In comparison there is no such organization or institution which caters for redressal of grievances and   problems of PMF personnel and widows. Our associations are purely on volunteer services by those Officers and other ranks who have realized and thought of welfare of retired personnel and widows thus there is need of the time to have established organizations representing CPOs in each State down to district level. This will also generate re-employment and maintain espirit-de-corps.

 

       FHQ Adm Dte (RR Cell), is in the process of setting up Welfare   and    Rehabilitation        Board (WARB) in each Distt and Nodal officers have already been nominated. Besides, the additional Bns being established in every State will also look after the welfare of retirees and widows of BSF of that area.

03.

MEDICAL EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENT

 

       Under revised BSF welfare rules medical expenses incurred by retired personnel on serious disease such as Cancer, heart surgery, kidney etc reimbursable from Central BSF Welfare Fund. Of late a case of Insp Bhatia was not reimbursed with reasons of non availability of funds. There after one Inspr Teja Singh obtained court order to get the reimbursement of the medical expense. There are four more cases lying pending with FTR HQ( Acctt Br ).To avoid litigation these four cases have  been taken up with FTR HQ PB Jalandhar vide our letter NO.CPMF/Ex-BSF dated 05/02/2007.It is strongly recommended  that  such rare  of the rarest  cases may be considered very sympathetically at FHQ and medical expenses be reimbursed. All retired personnel and husband of widows have contributes towards Welfare fund through out their service this the paucity of funds should not be the reasons to decay litigation expenses which are not affordable by retired pers with meager amount of pension as source of income.

 

         Four cases for re-imbursement of Medical expenses were submitted to FHQ by Acctt Br of this HQr but received back with the remarks that no financial assistance can be given out of Central Welfare Fund for treatment of Ex-BSF Personnel due to paucity of funds. In the last annual meeting, Association was requested to provide details of Ex-BSF persons who are willing for CGHS Card, but only 11 cases received so far which have further been submitted to FHQ 

04.

DEPARTMENT VEHICLE ON PAYMENT

 

It is experienced that vehicles on payment basis are denied to retired personnel/widows, as civil transport is very expensive and beyond financial competency. It is therefore proposed that BSF vehicles as per requirement may be provided to retired personnel/widows on payment basis locally from the nearest BSF HQ/location where the retired pers is settled in the State. The rates of payment vehicle should be at par with serving pers taking veh on payment.

 

        IG informed that a proposal has again been submitted for purchase of vehicles out of Welfare Fund exclusively for this purposes and once the proposal is approved, vehicles will be made available to ex-servicemen on amenity rates.

 5.         After above discussions, Shri Arvind Ranjan, IPS, IG BSF Punjab expressed his happiness over the open interaction and the suggestions given by the retirees.  He assured that all those points which are under the purview of Ftr HQrs will be attended to/solved and requested the Association to make the copies of policies on the facilities being given by the State Govt available so that proposals can be initiated and taken up with Force HQrs.

6.         IG also desired to hold meetings of ex-servicemen in different areas of Punjab Ftr during his visits to border areas, which will be organized by Sector DIsG/Unit Comdts of respective areas.  He further informed that District wise distribution will be made and Sector HQrs will be made responsible to entertain ex-servicemen of given area in all respects.  He also informed that the Govt has introduce the system of Central Police Canteen (CPC) system in CPOs and ex-servicemen of all such Forces can avail canteen/medical facilities irrespective of Force one belong to.

7.         He also informed that another major problem being faced by the Force is re-settlement of widows.  As on date, 41 widows are on waiting list for allotment of widow quarters but the quarters available are very limited.  He opined that, to resolve this problem, we must encourage our serving personnel to settle at particular places by acquiring land and making BSF colonies.  Insurance component can be added during the construction stage so that families can have the house, without the need of paying further instalments, in case of the death of the serving member of the Force.  He also requested Shri I M Mall, ex-IG to think on this aspect and render necessary assistance for formulation of policy/proposal.

8.         There being no other points for discussion, the meeting was concluded with a vote of thanks to the chair and was followed by tea/refreshment. 

                                                                                                                       

 

 

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