Dharamsala, May 27
Thousands of defence civilian pensioners from the region have demanded Canteen Smart Card (CSD) facility. They are alleging that despite serving the Army for their entire life, they are being denied the canteen facility after retirement.
Omkar Singh Riar, a civilian defence pensioner, who has been lobbying for the case of his community while talking to The Tribune, said lakhs of such pensioners served in Military Engineering Services (MES) and other wings of the Army. They were provided with the CSD facility during service. However, as soon as they retired, they were considered as outcastes and denied the CSD facility.
“In the last meeting, we were told that the Deputy Director General for the CSD committee had been communicated to take necessary action in the matter. However, till date no action has been taken, he said
RK Dhir, secretary of the Defense Civilian Retired Employees Association for the region, said the only logic for denying the CSD facility to their community was that they were not getting pension from the defence budget. However, the civilian employees, who serve the CSD canteens and Border Roads Organisation were being given the CSD facility after retirement.
TKK Joshi, national general secretary of the defence civilian employees, alleged that they were the only category of employees who despite serving the Army had no welfare department.