Minutes of the Virtual Meeting of the TSEWA National Executive Committee held at 1000 hrs on 23 December 2021
The meeting was attended by the following:
- Cmde Sudheer Parakala President, in Chair
- Brig CS Vidyasagar Chief Mentor, TSEWA
- Lt Col G Parvathesam General Secretary
- Lt Col VC Salins Treasurer
- Brig RS Rawat, VSM President TSEWA, Central Zone
- Cmde Ashok Kota President TSEWA, South Zone
- WO Thiruchelvam President TSEWA, Tamilnadu
- Cmde KS Sandhu President TSEWA, West Zone
- Col Srikantha Seshadri President TSEWA, Karnataka
- Maj Gen SN Mukherjee President TSEWA, East Zone
- Col MN Manongba President TSEWA, NE Zone
- Maj Dr. B Bhikshapathy Member
- Lt Col Dr. Bhaskara Reddy Member
- Hony Capt B Joseph Member
The President welcomed all present in the meeting and thanked them for their efforts to attend the virtual meeting. He requested the General Secretary to commence with review of the old points as decided in the previous meeting followed by the new points.
Item No. 1. Broadbanding of Disability Pension: The General Secretary Informed that vakalatnamas of 46 members of BB-1 case were forwarded to our Advocate. Fresh litigants if any will be included as and when intimated by our Advocate.
Action: The General Secretary to ascertain and transfer the advance fee to our Supreme Court Lawyer
Item No. 2. Social Media: The General Secretary informed that TSEWA Facebook page is activated and a short video clip of Background of TSEWA was made by Brig Vidyasagar and uploaded. All the Zonal Presidents were requested to prepare short videos of activities in their zone of not more than 4.30 minutes duration which should be factual and send them to Mr. Anand in TSEWA HQ for uploading centrally.
Action: All the State/ Zonal Presidents
Item No. 3. TSEWA Website: Due to poor commitment and lack of response, it was decided not to conclude any maintenance contract with M/S Aardhya Technologies. For the time being it was decided that Mr. Anand and Mr. Srinivasa Reddy will update the website leaving the Blog part of it to be maintained by Mrs. Rekha Sekhri.
Action: The General Secretary is requested to identify suitable company and conclude an AMC Contract.
Item No. 4. Additional Pension for Super Senior Citizens: The General Secretary informed that a draft Letter addressed to the RM was sent by the President to Col (Dr) GB Sethi for 2% increment of old age pension on completion of one year beyond 80 years instead of lumpsum 10% after completion of five years.
Action: Col (Dr) Sethi to dispatch the letter. NFA.
Item No. 5. Decent Last Rites Allowance (DLRA): The matter was discussed at length once again. It was decided that a letter should be sent to CDS requesting him to issue suitable directions to all the three Chiefs for payment of DLRA by Unit Canteens to diseased Veterans attached to their canteen irrespective of the service they belonged to. It was also decided that a request should be made in the same letter to extend DLRA on death of the Family Pensioner in the similar manner since she is also contributing to the profits of the unit canteen to which she is attached.
Action: The General Secretary / President to send suitable letter to CDS.
Item No. 6. ePPO of ESM: The President informed the Members that a letter has been sent to the AG of Army HQ to consider deputing one or two clerks from the Record Offices to EME or AOC Centre at Secunderabad for attending the workshop to be conducted by Brig Vidyasagar explaining the calculation of Pension by Notional Payment Method.
Action: Brig CS Vidyasagar, Chief Mentor.
Item No. 7. Madhuri Sewa Fund: The General Secretary informed that no recommendations were received for grant of financial assistance to poor students in the final year degree courses.
Action: All Presidents requested to identify poor deserving students in their area and send the recommendations to TSEWA ASAP.
Item No. 8. Pension of Maj Gen & Above: The General Secretary informed that a suitable mail has been sent by the President to all Maj Gens, Lt Gens and their equivalents in the Navy and IAF inviting them to join the legal case to be filed in AFT (PB) Delhi. The President also brought to the notice of all Members about the letter from Pay Commission Cell (Navy) giving approval of the MOD to permit Rear Admirals to opt for max stagnated pay of Commodores with MSP. This was discussed and rejected in toto and decided to go ahead with filing the case in AFT for Notional MSP to Maj Gens and above in all three services.
Action: Gen Secretary/ President requested to process all volunteer litigants and file the case in AFT
Item No. 9. Recovery of Bank Loan of ESM from the Widow: No progress.
Action: WO Thiruchelvam may speak to Maj Gen Eshwaran or the present CDBA and expedite decision
Item No. 10. Implementation of Decisions by the TSEWA NEC: The General Secretary informed that a fresh demo of the video conferencing system was conducted on 22 Dec with available Members and found very satisfactory. The President informed that the Technical Person visited the premises and informed that the LCD Projector beam would interfere with the Camera and that it was essential to use a LCD TV instead of Projector and screen. The President further informed that NEC earlier approved Rs. 2.00 lakhs for the system and if a suitable TV has to be purchased, NEC should approve another Rs.50,000/- additional amount. The pros and cons were discussed and it was decided to go ahead with the LCD TV. NEC approved the total Expenditure of Rs.2.50 lakhs for the system.
Action: The General Secretary/President to finalise a suitable system and complete installation ASAP.
Item No. 11. Construction of ECHS Hospitals. Cmde KS Sandhu, President TSEWA, West Zone suggested that we should have our own ECHS Hospitals to avoid innumerable difficulties being faced by the ESM and families. The President informed that this point was taken up by NCESMO during the first meeting with the RM on 27 Nov 2017 and that the then RM informed NCESMO during the meeting held in Feb 2018 that three ECHS hospitals were sanctioned on experimental basis.
Action: Col Srikanta Seshadri may check the progress on this from MD ECHS. President also to ascertain the status through his own channels.
Item No. 12. Progress on Formation of WhatsAPP Groups: The Presidents of various zones gave a progress report on formation of WhatsAPP Groups in their Zones. The President reiterated that it was essential to complete the activity at the earliest for better communications. Brig Vidyasagar, Chief Mentor also informed that he was making efforts to verify the e-Mails of individuals and update the database.
Action: All Zonal Presidents to expedite creation of WhatsApp Groups.
Item No. 13. Reconciliation of Legal Fee. Lt Col Vijay Salins, Treasurer of TSEWA informed that the entire Legal Fee account has been reconciled in terms of each AFT Case filed to date, amount of Advance paid and amount yet to be paid to the Advocate. The President appreciated the good work done.
There being no further points, the meeting was closed at 12:40 PM and decided to hold the next NEC Meeting on 08 Jan 2022.
Cmde Sudheer Parkala (Retd)