Sikar (Rajasthan): A soldier passed away in 1952 but his widow had to wait for 64 long years for pension due to her, as she did not have the required documents. An old lunchbox given by the Army long back, found during cleaning of the house, helped the family get the pension.
Chunnilal, a resident of Shrimadhopur area in Rajasthan’s Sikar district, served in the Indian Army. He also fought in the Second World War. He retired on 31 December, 1950 and died on 20 March, 1952. His wife Rajkanwar approached Army Welfare Board for pension, but she did not have any papers.
Sixty-four years later, in 2016, while cleaning the house, she came across a lunchbox that the Army had given to her late husband. His soldier number was engraved on it. The records were dug out and she started receiving pension of Rs 4,000 per month from December 2017.
In another case, Gandwara resident Ishwar Ram turned a farmer after retiring from the army. He passed away seven years back but the family did not have any documents and was denied pension and other benefits.
Ishwar Ram had taken part in the 1965 war and had won Raksha Medal for gallantry. His son said his father neither got pension post-retirement nor any other benefits as an ex-serviceman. ‘During cleaning of the old house we came across father’s medal’, he said. On the basis of the number written on it, Ishwar’s wife Bhanwar Devi has now been sanctioned pension.
(Story: Srikant Pareek)