GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHAUNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2893
ANSWERED ON 10.02.2014
PENSION TO EX SERVICEMEN2893 . Shri RAM SINGH KASWAN
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether a large number of ex-servicemen who retired before independence are still alive and not getting pension;
(b) if so, whether the Government proposes to grant pension to such ex-servicemen in the country; and
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE (SHRI JITENDRA SINGH) MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(a) There is no mechanism to ascertain such data. However, ex-servicemen with service of 15 years or more as PBOR and 20 years or more as Commissioned Officers are entitled to service pension.
(b) There is no proposal to reduce the minimum qualifying service for grant of pension.
(c) Minimum qualifying service is an essential criterion for earning pension in the Armed Forces as per the existing Army, Navy & Air Force Pension Regulations.