Tuesday, October 9, 2012

IAF Inaugurates Directorate of Air Veterans for Retired IAF Personnel

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
IAF Inaugurates Directorate of Air Veterans for Retired IAF Personnel
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, inaugurated the Directorate of Air Veterans today. The Directorate would be committed to looking after the pensionary and welfare aspects of all retired Air Force personnel. Inaugurating the Directorate, the Air Chief said “It gives me great pleasure to dedicate the new Directorate to the Air Warriors, who have contributed so much to the growth of the IAF. The Directorate would provide value added services to both our retiring as well as retired air warriors and coordinate all aspects, hitherto being handled by different directorates”

The institution of Directorate of Air Veterans is an effort towards bringing under one roof, the various departments dealing with different aspects of Air Veterans, so that, the IAF veterans do not have to approach different agencies for their welfare and pensionary problems. This directorate will function under the Air Officer-in-Charge Administration (AOA), that would be headed by an Air Vice Marshal who looks after the responsibility of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Accounts) and would be re-designated as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Accounts and Air Veterans) henceforth. To give focused attention to the needs of Air Veterans, this single window to approach IAF for assistance with respect to pensionary and welfare issues, will deal with various Civil Government departments on matters pertaining to Veterans of the IAF, so that issues affecting them are taken up in a consolidated manner effectively.

The Directorate will also operate through a website called
http://iafpensioners.gov.in/ for grievances related to pensionary aspects.
I feel it is an excellent idea and initiative put out by the IAF. It would be in fitness of things if the Army and the Navy also establish something on similar lines. The problems of veterans of the three services are almost identical and there are anomalies galore in the pensions of all classes of veterans. They are however, not being handled in a consolidated manner by a powerful organisation but are being handled in piece meal manner, not generating the desired effect. Many are resorting to long drawn out legal battles through AFT/Courts, without creating any salutary effect on the government functionaries, to uplift the lot of the veterans. A combined effort at that level may change the existing trend. - Col LK Anand Retd

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