By Bangalore Mirror
If you are among the lot facing problems with your pension despite years of service in the armed forces, you could try seeking help from M N Subramani. The Mysore-based retired senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) solves such cases within 48 hours. He has solved over 25 cases in the last two years. The list of beneficiaries includes retired soldiers and widows of military veterans.
The amounts range from thousands to lakhs. Subramani, a law graduate, solves pension cases free of cost. Over time, he has become famous as the ex-servicemen’s fast court.One of the beneficiaries is his former commanding officer, retired air commodore S K Parelkar VSM. His pension and arrears had been withheld for three years. Subramani not only got it cleared in 2009, but also got him a revision that had been pending for over two years. Parelkar says, “Not knowing the procedure, I wasted my time and effort in trying to get various authorities to do the needful. His help came at the right time.”
Another beneficiary is group captain (retd) Deryck Fernandes who got his dues of over Rs five lakh, which had been pending for five years. He says, “He took two days to work out what I should have been paid and then compared these amounts with what I had actually been paid. The results were quite astounding, almost beyond belief. I was being paid almost Rs 10,000 less per month for the last five-and-a-half years. I got my dues within 24 hours.”
Subramani solves most of the cases through e-mail. He attributes the discrepancies to the negligence of banks, who disburse the pension. Irrespective of rank, ex-servicemen suffer due to shortcomings of the system. “Understanding rules and policies that change frequently, and a common sense approach help me to help the distressed,” says Subramani.
Veteran gets help
On Wednesday, Subramani added yet another feather to his cap by solving the problem of 90-year-old World War II veteran, subedar J S Anand Das. Tamil Nadu-based Das’s dues had been withheld since 2006. Subramani not only got it released but also ensured the amount went up by Rs 3,650 per month.
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Letter form Air Commodore (Retd.) S K Parelkar VSM
I must start with thanking you for your prompt help in getting my pension arrears as well as getting my pension amount corrected so fast. Not knowing the procedure I was wasting my time and effort in trying to get the DCDA, Air Force to do the needful. Your help came at the right time.
I am glad that my assessment of you when we were colleagues at the No. 2 Air Force Selection Board was absolutely correct. I always knew you to be a very efficient person. I was also aware of your good professional knowledge. More than any other thing I always found to be hard working keen to learn. Hence I never had any hesitation in loading you with additional responsibilities, one of which was as the Canteen Manager. During the period that you were the Manager the Canteen flourished and the sales shot up so did the profits. At no time did you recommend any unauthorized action or procedure. I always found you to be innovative and practical and scrupulously honest. Your concern for the deprived was always admired by me. Unfortunately because of service protocol I could not give you as much freedom as I desired. However you did an excellent job of whatever was entrusted to you.
It did not surprise me when you told me that you are the President of an Ex-Servicemen Trust and are doing an excellent job of taking care of them. You have also named the Trust very aptly “VeKare”. I was impressed by the work you are doing and am sure you will continue to do so in future. I am sure you will look after the interest of the Ex-Servicemen as well as be a well wisher of the three services.
Your desire to contact me and the effort to obtain my address and telephone number itself shows the respect you have for me. It was a pleasure talking to you after almost 20 years. Your immediate reaction to my problem of pension and the prompt action and the follow up with various agencies and the handling of the State Bank of India (C P P C) was amazing and displayed you professionalism, knowledge and above all you caring nature.
I wish to place on record my heartfelt thanks and wish that you continue to do the good work. May God give you good health, happiness and long life so that you can continue the good work. I also wish you family health and happiness. I wish all of you the very best in life. Wish you all a very happy and prosperous NEW YEAR.
Air Commodore (Retd.) S K Parelkar VSM
Photographs taken during the inauguration of VeKare Exserivemen Trust Office by Air Commodore (Retd) Parelkar on 15th August 1990.
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