As many as 58 former soldiers and widows of ex-servicemen were distributed pensions under the 'Alleviation of distress grant' scheme at the office of the Zila Sainik Welfare Board on Thursday.
One of the recipients of the pension was 94-year-old Sant Ram from Lohara village of Amb sub-division, who had joined the Indian Army's Core of Signals in 1942. He served the army for five-and-half-years at Banglore, Lucknow, Agra and Lahore, before seeking voluntary retirement due to family problems arising because of sudden death of his parents.
Sewa Singh, 84, walked briskly up to the desk when his name was called and gave a salute. A former aircrafts man in the Indian Air Force, he served the army for only five years before leaving due to problems back home.
Zila Sainik Welfare Board deputy director Major Raghvir Singh said the yearly pensions, amounting to Rs1,800 to 2,500 were given to former personnel of the armed forces or their widows, who don't have any other source of income, and who could not complete the minimum service required for a regular pension due to any reasons.
Singh said staff from the army's core headquarters in Jalandar had come to Una to give away the pensions. He said these former soldiers would get their pensions every year.