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Clear pension of World War II army man’s widow in a week: Bombay HC to Maharashtra

The widow of a World War II army officer has been trying to avail the Maharashtra’s pension scheme for the past eight years.

mumbai Updated: May 14, 2017 00:32 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
Kanchan Chaudhari
Hindustan Times
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The bench directed the department to grant her the pension once she submits all the documents.(HT file photo)

The Bombay high court on Saturday came to the rescue of a 79-year-old war widow who has been trying to get her pension for the past eight years.

The division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice Ravindra Ghuge directed the sainik welfare department of the Maharashtra government to release Tulsabai Suryavanshi’spension within a week after she submits the documents.

The directive was issued after the sainik welfare officer confirmed that Tulsabai’s husband, Ganpati Suryavanshi, had served in Indian Army during World War II and though he retired in March 1947 neither he nor any of his family members received any pension from the government.

According to the petitioner, the couple settled in Karnataka after retirement. When her husband died in 1985, Tulsabai moved to Maharashtra in search of livelihood and settled in Kolhapur district. There, she came to know that the state government offers pension to widows of World War II veterans. Former army officer in the area helped her collect necessary documents from the district sainik welfare office.

But when she applied for the pension, she was told that she was not eligible for the scheme her family had settled in Karnataka after retirement. The officials told her to approach authorities in Karnataka where a similar scheme was practised.

The Karnataka authorities, however, also held her ineligible as she was not a resident of the state and settled in Maharashtra along with her children after her husband’s death.

After Tulsabai’s lawyer Dhairyasheel Sutar pointed out that the elderly woman urgently needed financial help, the bench directed the department to grant her the pension once she submits all the documents.

First Published: May 13, 2017 18:34 IST