Disabled War Veterans (India) or DIWAVE was registered with the Registrar of Societies in the year 1978 and is one of three organizations granted recognition by Ministry of Defense, Government of India. This is an organization of the War disabled/battle casualties and is a non political, democratic, secular, voluntary organization. DIWAVE was primarily formed to assist War /Battle casualties to receive their due entitlements as sanctioned by the Government of India besides seeking to suggest welfare measures needed for this group of Armed forces casualties.
DISABLED WAR VETERANS (INDIA) has been formed with the aim to help all those members of the Armed Forces who are War Disabled / Battle Casualties whether invalided out of service or retained in service and their dependents.
- To assist and guide the War disabled in matters relating to Pension and allied matters in close cooperation with the Govt. of India/State Govts. And other Official and non-Official agencies/organizations.
- To assist and guide them in their resettlement, in their after-service lives, so as to enable them to resume their useful place in society.
- To render help to the dependents of such disabled and dependents of men killed, in getting good education, etc.
- To ensure, in close cooperation with the authorities, that proper medical care is given to the war disabled and their families, as well as ensure help in physical rehabilitation, where required.
- To endeavor to educate the public by holding seminars, periodic conferences, Exhibitions, etc. of the part played by the War Disabled Association in their service and after-service lives.
- To promote the above aims and objects by establishing State Units/Bodies of this Association throughout the country in times to come.
- To collect subscriptions, donations etc in cash or kind, through lawful means, for the purpose of furthering the aims and objectives of the Association.
- To perform such lawful axts as would be conducive to the achievement of the objects of the Association.
Organization Name : DISABLED WAR VETERANS (INDIA) REGD.
ALL DESIROUS OF VISITING US ARE MOST WELCOME. OFFICE IS OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM.
Office Address: : C6-18/1, Development Area, Behind Hauz Khas Telphone Exchange, New Delhi-16
Telephone : 011-41315492
Tele / Fax : 011-41315492 / 0124-4051572
E Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Col H N Handa
Chairman Governing Body
AMB Satnamjit Singh
Mrs Karuna Pandit
W/o Maj Vijay Kumar VrC
Capt N K Mahajan
Office: PAPRI GUHA
ICICI Bank, DLF CITY Qutab Plaza Branch, DLF City, PHASE 1, GURGAON 122002
Account No : 629101103338 In the Name of "Disabled war Veterans(India)"
IFSC Code: ICIC0000177
Syndicate Bank, Haus Khas Branch, New Delhi
Account No : 90302010047577
IFSC Code: SYNB0009049
ALL DESIROUS OF VISITING US ARE MOST WELCOME. OFFICE IS OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM.
The details of the Membership Fee and One Time Subscription and yearly Donation recomended is as under.
- The subscription for the Primary Member is Nil.
- The Membership Fee and One Time Subscription Fee being charged from the Active Members is:
- Officers/Dependents Rs.200/- as Admission Fee +Rs 500/- one time subscription
- JCOs/Dependents : Rs.100/- as Admission Fee + Rs.200/- one time subscription.
- NCOs/Dependents Rs.50/- as Admission Fee + Rs.100/- as one time subscription
- Or’s/Dependents : Rs.30/- as Admission Fee + Rs.70/- as one time subscription.
- For Direct Deposit use ICICI Bank, DLF QUTAB PLAZA Branch, DLF City, Phase 1, Gurgaon 122002 (Account No.-629101103338).
Donations are welcome.
All members and non-members are urged to donate liberally.
Donations are exempted from Income Tax under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.
Armed Forces Pensioners / Family Pensioners
Extract MoD Policy letter no 200847/Pen-C/71 dated 24 February 1972 with due concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Defence_ vide their 567/addl FA (D) of 1972.
This letter stipulates”
“ The awards sanctioned in this letter are in the nature of a special dispensation and will not be subject to alteration as a result of any revision of the pay and pension structure as may be sanctioned in future. Temporary and/or ad-hoc increase in pension, sanctioned from time to time, will not be admissible, in addition to these special awards. However where and for so long as awards admissible under existing rules and orders happen to be more favourable then those sanctioned hereunder, the higher entitlements will be sanctioned hereunder, the higher entitlements will be payable and the difference will be allowed as an ad-hoc grant.”
Annexure II of MoD letter of 24 February 1972 further states:
“ Officers and personnel below officer rank who are invalided out of service, will be paid, instead of a disability pension, a war injury pay, consisting of a service element and a disability element.
The service element will be equal in the amount to the normal retiring pension of the rank held at the time of disablement for the maximum service of rank and in case of JCO’s, OR’s and NCs(E) pay group also. For this purpose paid acting rank will be counted, irrespective of the period for which it was held.
The disability element for 100% disability will be equal in amount to the emoluments last drawn by the servicemen minus service element, the amount being limited to Rs 500/-.
If a serviceman, whose disability is assessed at 20%, or more, is retained in service and retires subsequently, his service element will be calculated with reference to the rank last held at the time of retirement and length of service rendered whereas disability assessed at time and rank injury incurred”
From the above, it is evident that all Officers, Jco’s and Or’s invalided out of service will receive the same service element of the rank to the maximum of the rank, irrespective of the actual service rendered.
It is only where the disability element is considered, it will vary with the number of years of service rendered.
For those retained in service, the service element will be based on pension on retirement of the rank retired in and disability element, based on the rank in which injured.
- Letter No 17(4)/2008(1) /D (Pen/Policy), Governmentof India, Ministry of Defence, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, New Delhi-110011Dated 11.11.2008. lays down the revised pensions for ex-servicemen including Disabled War Veterans, as a result of VIth Pay Commission for pre-2006 pensioners. The letter stipulates the increase in Pensions from 1 January 2006.
- Ministry of Defence letter No 10(01) / D (Pen/Pol) / Vol II dated 19 Jan 2010 amends previous authorizations by stipulating “ With effect from 1 July 2009, the concept of broad banding of percentage of disability/war injury, as provided in Para 7.2 of MOD Letter No 1(2) / D (Pen-C) dated 31-01-2001 shall be extended to Armed forces officers and PBOR who were invalided out of service prior to 1.1.96 and are in receipt of War Injury pension as on 1.7.2009.
The letter further indicates that the cap on war injury pension with reference to emoluments last drawn in the case of disabled pensioners belonging to Category ‘E’ of para 4.1 of above MOD letter dated 31.1.2001, shall stand removed with effect from 1.7.2009 for Armed forces officers and PBORs
However each pensioner drawing War Disability Pension have to fill the Performa to the Govt letter and forward it through their Pension Disbursing Authority in triplicate. In addition to War injury pension, the officer shall be entitled to retirement gratuity also.
- Letter No 17(4)/2008(1) / D (Pen/Policy) / -Vol-V dated 15 feb 2011 now indicates that The rates of war injury element revised in terms of para2.3 of MOD letter dated 4-5-2009 Indicates:
- shall not be less than 100% for 100% Disability in case of invalidment of war wounded.
- 60% for 100% disability in case of retirement/discharge of battle/war casualties
- 30% for 100% disability for those disabled due aggravation/attributable to Military service.
For disability less than 100%, the disability element shall be proportionally reduced as per the period and degree of disability already accepted.
The aggregate of service element (revised in terms Para 2.1 of MOD letter dated 4-5-2009) and war injury element shall not exceed the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus grade pay, Military Service Pay, ‘X’ Group Pay where applicable/minimum of pay in case of HAG and above pay scales, in the revised pay structure introduced from 1-1-2006 corresponding to the pre-revised scale held by the Armed Forces Personnel at the time of retirement / discharge / invalidment. The ceiling on aggregate of war injury pension with reference to minimum of the pay in the revised pay structure, applicable from 1-1-2006, as stated above shall stand removed with effect from 1-7-2009.
- Rejection of Disability Pension
In case disability pension is rejected, you may make an appeal to the Govt. of India within 6 months through Record Office, if you feel that the disability in your case is due to service factors. Similarly family of the deceased can also make an appeal, if the claim for special family pension is rejected.
If you want to represent any problem to the office of PCDA (P) please furnish following information/particulars along with full details of your problem/grievance. You can lodge a complaint online, E-mail or by post.
- Your name, Regt. No., Record Office / H.O.O. from where you retired.
- P.P.O,. No. and date under which the pension was granted in your favour
- Name of the P.D.A./Bank from where you are drawing your pension with saving bank/current account no.
- TS/PS/HO number allotted to you (incase of DPDOs, Treasuries, Post Offices and PAOs).
This allowance is recommended by the Medical Board and is a uniform rate of Rs 3000/- irrespective of rank. An increase by 25% every time the dearness allowance payable on revised pay band goes upto 50%. The present rate is 3750/- pm. MoD letter No 16(6)/2008(2)/D(Pension/policy) dated 05 May 2009 refers.
WAR INJURY PENSION ON INVALIDMENT
- Service Element It is equal to service pension to which he/she would have been entitled on the basis of his/her pay on the date of invalidment but counting service up to the date on which he/she would have retired in that rank in the normal course including weightage as admissible. There shall be no condition of minimum qualifying service for earning this element.
- If an individual is invalided out of service War Injury Element will be computed as under:
|Percentage of Disability as assessed
by Invaliding Medical Board
|Percentage to be reckoned for
computing War Injury Element
|Less than 50||50|
|Between 50 and 75||75|
|Between 76 and 100||100|
WAR INJURY PENSION ON RETENTION IN SERVICE
Those who are retained in service despite the disability due to War Injury sustained under the above circumstances and retire subsequently will have as option as follows to be exercised within a period as prescribed by the Govt. from time to time: -
- To draw lump-sum compensation on lieu of War Injury Element foregoing War Injury Element at the time of subsequent discharge; or
- To draw War Injury Element at the time of discharge in addition to service pension admissible, foregoing lump-sum compensation at the rate of 60% of their pay.
SPECIAL PENSION TO BLIND SOLDIERS
An ex-servicemen who is precluded from earning his lively hood on account of total or partial blindness caused as a result of his army service is awarded n merits a special pension @ Rs. 500/- p.m. This is in addition his normal Disability Pension. Sanction for grant of Special Pension in each case in accorded by the Ministry on report of record officer through Pr.CDA(P) Allahabad. Based on the above sanction special pension is notified through PPO by Pr. CDA (P) Allahabad. Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 12 SB(8)/52-2001/958/D(Res) dated 16.11.2001.
A special pension to blind soldier is admissible who is precluded from earning his livelihood on account of total or partial blindness caused as a result of his military service subject to fulfillment of the following conditions:-
- The individual has been invalided out of service on account of total or partial blindness.
- He is not already in receipt of special pension due to blindness.
- He is in receipt of disability pension.
- The blindness is accepted as attributable to military service and is assessed at 40% and above
important ORDERS & CIrCuLARS
- Circular No. 574 : Clarification on implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
- Circular No. 570 : Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners/Family Pensioners.
- Circular No. 568 : Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners (JCOs/ ORs and Commissioned Officers)- delinking of qualifying service of 33 years for revised pension.
- Circular No. 565 : Revision of Casualty Pensionary awards in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners/ Family pensioners
- Circular No. 555 : PCDA (P) Circular 555 on OROP
- Railway List For Concessions And Certificates Required (Download Concession Certificate)
- Circular No. 549 : PCDA CIRCULAR
- Circular No. 548 : Revision of pension of pre-2006 Commissioned Officer pensioners/Family pensioners.
- Circular No. 547 : Revision of pension in r/o pre-2006 JCOs/ORs pensioners/ Family pensioners
- Circular No. 542 : Minimum Guaranteed Pension for Disability War Injury Element as per CSC-2012 recommendation
- Circular No. 529 : Rationalization of casualty Pensionary Awards for the Armed Forces Officers and Personnel below Officer Rank (PBOR) invalided out from service prior to 1.1.1996: Extension of benefit of broad banding of percentage of disability/ war injury.
- Circular No. 508 : Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee Secretaries Committee- 2012 on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-Servicemen- Improvement in Casualty Pensionary Awards for pre- 2006 Armed Forces Officers and JCO/ ORs and equivalents.
- Circular No. 502 : Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries - 2012 on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-Servicemen- Enhancement of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of Pre-2006 JCOs/ORs Family Pensioners.
- Circular No. 501 : Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries 2012 on the issues related to Defence Services Personnel and Ex Servicemen - Improvement in pension of JCOs/ORs of Armed Forces retired / discharged /invalided out of service prior to 01.01.2006.
- Circular No. 456 : Implementation of Govt. decision on recommendations of VICPC – Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service prior to 01.01.2006 regarding
- Circular No. 433 : Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission – Revision of provisions regulating Pensionary awards relating to Disability/ War Injury Pension etc. for the Armed Forces officers and PBOR on voluntary retirement/ discharge on own request on or after 1.1.2006.
- Circular No. 429 : Revision of Disability/War Injury Element of Pension in respect of Armed Forces Officers and PBOR Pensioners - Cabinet Secretary Committee Report.
- Circular No. 428 : Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission – Revision of Pension in respect of Pre -2006 Lt. Generals and equivalents
- CIVIL APPEAL NO. 418 : In The Supreme Court Of India Civil Apprellate Jurisdiction
- Circular No. 412 : Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission Revision of Pension of Pre 2006 Military Nursing Service (MNS) Officers retiree pensioners / Family Pensioners Armed Forces Pensioners / Family Pensioners.
- Circular No. 403 : Corrigendum - Pension Pre-2006 dated 02-02-2009
- Circular No. 401 : Corrigendum - Pension Pre-2006 dated 18-12-2008
- Circular No. 397 : Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission – Consolidation of Pension of Pre 2006 Armed Forces Pensioners /Family Pensioners
SPECIAL WELFARE ENTITLEMENTS
INCOME TAX EXEMPTIONS
Income Tax exemption on complete pension of disability pensioners
The entire pension, that is, service element (service pension) and disability element of disability pensioners is exempted from the purview of Income Tax. Disability Pension comprises of two elements, service element that is granted in terms of the length of service (subject to a minimum amount in cases where service rendered is less than pensionable service), and disability element which is granted in terms of the percentage of disability. There is no minimum qualifying service prescribed for service element or disability element, hence even if a person has a single day of service, he or she is entitled to disability pension. For individuals who have completed their minimum qualifying service for pension, their service pension becomes the service element for purposes of disability pension. Both elements are exempted from Income Tax and so are the arrears of both elements. The same has been clarified by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue vide Instruction No 2/2001 dated 02 July 2001 and Instruction No 136 dated 14 January 1970, both of which can be viewed below.
Instruction No 136
F. No. 34/3/68-IT(AI)
Govt. of India
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi, dated the 14th Jan 1970
From: Shri S N Nautial
To: All Commissioners of Income Tax
Subject: Exemption – Service and Disability Element of Disability Pension granted to a
disabled officer of the Indian Army – whether exempted from Income Tax.
Reference is invited to the Board’s Letter F No 42/9/59-IT(AI), dated the 5th Sept 1960 on the above subject wherein it was mentioned that in the cases falling under Item (29) of Finance Deptt Notification No 878-F (Income Tax) dated 21-3-1922, the ‘disability element’ of the disability pension received by an officer of the Army will only be exempted from tax and that the ‘service element’ will be subjected to tax.
2. On reconsideration of the matter, in consultation with the Ministry of Law, the board are advised that item 29 of the notification does not differentiate between types of pensions. Accordingly in the cases falling under item 29 of the above notification, entire disability pension will be exempted from income-tax.
3. The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all assessing officers in your charge
Sd / - (S N Nautial)
Instruction No 2/ 2001
F.No. 200/51/99-ITA. I
Govt. of India
Ministry of Finance
Deptt of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi, the 2nd July, 2001
To: All Chief Commissioners of Income-Tax
All Directors General of Income-Tax
Subject: Exemption from Income Tax to disability pension, i.e., “disability element” and “service element” of a disabled officer of the Indian Armed Forces – Instructions regarding
References have been received in the Board regarding exemption from Income Tax to disability pension, i.e., “disability element” and “service element” of a disabled officer of the Indian Armed Forces.
2. It appears that field formations in certain cases are not uniformly allowing disability pension inspite of Board’s Instruction No 136 dated 14th January 1970 (F No 34/3/68-II(AI) ).
3. The matter has been re-examined in the Board and it has been decided to reiterate that the entire disability pension, i.e, disability element and service element of a disabled officer of the Indian Armed Forces continues to be exempt from Income Tax.
4. This may be brought to the notice of all officers working under you.
Sd /- (B L Sahu)
Allotment of Telephones to Gallantry Award Winners, War widows and Disabled soldiers on Priority have been granted. The Govt of India, Ministry of Communication Letter No 2-47/92-PHA dated 1.9.2000 grants, besides priority in connections, exemption from payment of registration charges, and concession of 50% in the case of monthly rentals.
- ECHS enrolment fee exemption
- Railway Concessions -75% discount in trains along with attendant based on All India Basis by Railways. Categories exempt are listed on railways website.
- Air Travel concessions on Airlines On the basic fare. For Air India, the War disabled Officer has to obtain a identity card from MP 5 whereas for Other ranks from respective Records.
- Scholarships to wards of disabled Veterans.
- Approval of Disabled War Veterans (India) as a Recognised Association by Ministry of Defence.
- Issue of Special Identity Cards for Disabled War Veterans / Battle Casualties.
- Assistance to Disabled War Veterans / Battle Casualties and dependents in receiving their rightful dues in terms of Pensionary and allied benefits.
- Removal of cap of 100% of reckonable emoluments on War Injury Pension, entitling pension up to 150% of last drawn pay (for 100% disability).
- Exemption of ECHS enrolment fee for Disabled War Veterans / Battle Casualties.
- Separate ECHS White Cards for the Disabled War Veterans and their spouses for priority in medical treatment in ECHS Polyclinic.
- Priority treatment for Disabled War Veterans / Battle Casualties and their Spouses in Military Hospitals.
- Scholarships scheme for education of the War Veterans has been modified and revised.
- Railway Concession by online booking through IRCTC website.
- Railway Concessions/ discounts to Disabled War Veterans / Battle Casualties for travel as listed in IRCTC website, including Shatabdi, Rajdhani and other Super-fast trains.
- Higher percentage of Air Travel Concession accorded by Air India
- Rebate on Telephone Rental.
- Special counter for Disabled in CSD Canteens.
- Broad Banding for invalided out Disabled War Veterans / Battle Casualties with effect from 1-1-96.
- Consultative Status as a member of Standing Committee of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoPPW). (Received office equipment and grant from DoPPW )
- Permanent invitee to consultative meetings of Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare.
- Presentation of issues concerning Disabled Veterans before 7th Central Pay Commiission.
- Annexure's sought from time to time from the war Disabled when issuing circulars on revisions of pensions discontinued.
- Modification of cars etc for disabled/ orders for acceptance for changes in Motor Vehicles Act/Issue of Licences to Disabled accepted.
- Empanelment of 54 Prosthetic Centres by MoD with ECHS of Endolite and Ottobock.
MATTERS CURRENTLY BEING PURSUED
- Inclusion of War injury element in the pension of widows of deceased Disabled War Veterans / Battle Casualties invalided out of service.
- OROP anomalies adversely impacting Disabled War Veterans.
- Representation on residual disability issues before the 7CPC Implementation Committee.
- AFT Cases on -
- Service element for max service of rank for invalided out Disabled War Veterans and
- Disability Element on percentage basis w.e.f. 1.1.96 for all disabled ex-servicemen.
- Disabled War Veterans (India), during the year has been involved in the following issues that concern the War Disabled in particular and other disabled that have benefited due to the issues resolved:
- The challenge of representing the requirements of Disabled War Veterans towards their entitlements before the 7th Pay Commission was met. Results are awaited.
- The various anomalies created by issue of PCDA(P) Circular No 555 especially the pensions of Lt's, Capt's and Major's together of those of Sepoys etc were brought before the Judicial Commission vigorously.
Justice Reddy, during the meeting accepted the facts brought out by us and noted that a notional amount based on the formula of 50% of Salary should have been the starting point.
- The same issue was represented to the Raksha Mantri on 1st July 2016 and we hope the outcome is favourable.
- The long standing demand of Pension enhancement of Widows of Disabled War Veterans invalided out of service by inclusion of disability element plus service element has been repeated. Turned down by 7th pay Commission and then by MoD, we took up the same again in the 28th SCOVA Meeting and the case has been reopened. We pointed out that MoD had misrepresented the case by including all disabled. In the 28th SCOVA meeting, we pointed this out and case was reopened. The JS (Exp) attending immediately informed the Chair that if MoD forwarded the case to them, they would immediately approve the same. This was again represented to the RM on 1st July 2016 and we hope the case is progressed correctly now.
- The PCDA(P) has lost sight of the MoD Letter No200487/Pen-C/71 dated 24-02-1972 letter issued as a special dispensation wherein it was stipulated that "the service element will be equal to the normal retiring pension including death-cum-retirement gratuity would be entitled". Subsequent orders of 2001 etc were issued modifying the above. The result is that the DGL's prepared by PCDA(P) exclude correct entitlements of the disabled war veterans invalided out of service. When placed before RM he has agreed to remedy this.
- The orders for OROP were issued by MoD based on Draft Government Letter prepared by PCDA(P) indicating actual rendered service, ignoring MoD letter 200847/Pen-C/71 dated 24 Feb 1972. This completely eliminated all Disabled War Veterans Invalided out of service and their widows. RM has agreed to amend this oversight.
- The issue of SERVICE ELEMENT being calculated at maximum service of the rank has been accepted. MoD letter on which basis PCDA(P) circular 560 clearly states in para 4(h) our authorisation.
- Issue of broad banding of Disability for those retained in service has been taken up and RM and JS(ESW) have assured that the moment the approval is received from Min of Fin (exp) they will issue necessary orders.
- The association shifted to its permanent office at C6-18/1 Safdarjung Development Area, New Delhi 110016
- The War Disabled were initially a separate category till 1987 and thereafter merged with other disabled pensioners released from service. This was the period that no more invalidment was resorted to. Consequent to this merger, the Priority accorded to such Veterans ceased. We have broached the issue to RM and hope our special category is restored.
- DIWAVE has started a Magazine with the name Yudh Veer Times which is under print and shall reach the members shortly