SC pulls up centre for Rs 70 a month as pension
A measly pension of Rs 70 a month for an army man’s widow has prompted the Supreme Court to pull up the government for treating the 90-year-old shabbily.delhi Updated: Sep 18, 2010 01:02 IST
A measly pension of Rs 70 a month for an army man’s widow has prompted the Supreme Court to pull up the government for treating the 90-year-old shabbily.
A bench comprising Justices Markandeya Katju and T.S. Thakur appalled to hear the widow’s counsel, who informed the court that the petitioner, Pushpavanti, had been getting this paltry amount since 1967.
“What is this? You are paying her just Rs 70 per month. Today, in the present rate of inflation, even arhar dal costs around Rs 80 per kg,” the bench said while issuing notice to the Union government.
The petitioner’s counsel Ramesh Haritas complained to the court that the authorities had refused to comply with the judicial orders to pay her the latest revised scale.
According to him, she was entitled to Rs 27,000 every month as pension. Haritas informed the bench that the widow was forced to move the apex court after the authorities declined to pay her appropriately.
The petitioner’s husband, Major Dharam Chand, died in 1967. According to the petition, Chand was a decorated officer. He fought for the country during the 1947-48 Indo-Pak war, 1962 India-China war and again in the 1965 Indo-Pak war. Chand received 14 medals during his service of 20 years. He died in harness following a heart attack.
According to the counsel, the widow had been running from pillar to post since 1967 and made several representations to ministry officials, including the army chief, for enhancing her pension, but to no avail.