There is no mechanism to ascertain the number of ex-servicemen who retired before independence are still alive and not getting pensions. However, ex-servicemen with service of 15 years or more as Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and 20 years or more as Commissioned Officers are entitled to service pension. There is no proposal to reduce the minimum qualifying service for grant of pension.
Minimum qualifying service is an essential criterion for earning pension in the Armed Forces as per the existing Army, Navy and Air Force Pension Regulations.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Ram Singh Kaswan in Lok Sabha today.