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Information under Section 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act,
S.No. Sec. Of RTI Act Description
1. Section 4(1)(b)(i):

Particulars of organisation, functions and duties

2. Section 4(1)(b)(ii):

Powers and duties of its officers and employees

3. Section 4(1)(b)(iii):

Procedures followed in the decision making process including channels of supervision and accountability

4. Section 4(1)(b)(iv):

Norms for the discharge of functions

5. Section 4(1)(b)(v):

Rules, regulations, Instructions, manuals and records held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions.

6. Section 4(1)(b)(vi):

Statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control.

7. Section 4(1)(b)(vii):

Particulars of any arrangement that exits for consultation with or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof.

8. Section 4(1)(b)(viii):

A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meeting of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meeting are accessible for public.

9. Section 4(1)(b)(ix):

Directory of officers and employees

10. Section 4(1)(b)(x):

Monthly remuneration received by officers and employees.

11. Section 4(1)(b)(xi):

Budget allocated to each agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditure and reports on disbursement made

12. Section 4(1)(b)(xii):

Manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes.

13. Section 4(1)(b)(xiii):

Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it. Reduced in an electronic form.

14. Section 4(1)(b)(xiv):

The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining Information, including the working hours of a library or reading Room; if maintained for public use.

15. Section 4(1)(b)(xv):

The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining Information, including the working hours of a library or reading Room; if maintained for public use.

16. Section 4(1)(b)(xvi):

The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information officers;

4(1)(b)(i): Particulars of organisation, functions and duties.

Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW)

1.In view of the expanding population of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) and widows, there were persistent demands from Service Headquarters and various associations for a separate Department to look after the welfare, resettlement and rehabilitation of ESM, war widows and their dependents. In 1986, a decision was taken to create an independent Resettlement Division in the Department of Defence.

A new Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW) was created in the Ministry of Defence on 22nd September, 2004 in order to pay focused attention to the welfare and resettlement of ESM. DESW is mandated to formulate and implement various policies and programmes for the welfare and resettlement of Ex-Servicemen in the country. The Department consists of two Divisions i.e. (i) Pension Division; and (ii) Resettlement Division. The Pension Division of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare deals with pension policies for the Armed Forces personnel and redressal of grievances of Ex-servicemen whereas the Resettlement Division looks after the remaining matters.

Further, DESW has 3 Attached Offices which are as under :-
(i) Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariat (KSB Sectt.)
(ii) Directorate General of Resettlement, (DGR) and
(iii) Central Organisation, Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (CO, ECHS).

Kendriya Sainik Board Sectt. is responsible for the welfare of Ex-Servicemen and their dependents and also for the administration of welfare funds. It is assisted in its task by 33 Rajya Sainik Boards (RSBs) and 403 Zila Sainik Boards (ZSBs), which are under the administrative control of respective State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. The Government of India shares 75% of the expenditure incurred on the maintenance of RSBs/ZSBs in respect of the States/UTs of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh and 60% for other States/UTs while the remaining expenditure is borne by respective State Governments.

The office of Directorate General of Resettlement implements various Policies / Schemes / Programmes for pre and post retirement training, re-employment and self- employment of ex-servicemen. The DGR is assisted in its task by 5 Directorate Resettlement Zones (DRZs) co-located with the Army Command Headquarters at Udhampur, Chandimandir, Lucknow, Kolkata and Pune.

Central Organisation, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme takes care of the healthcare and medical needs of Ex-servicemen and their dependents through a network of 427 polyclinics across the country.

Head of organization

Head of organization of this department is Secretary.

Vision

The resettlement, health care and welfare of the men and women, who served in the Indian Armed Forces after they leave active duty and to demonstrate that the nation cares for the Armed Forces in their retirement, constitute an important national mission. The Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence has been working to develop a more effective framework to set up and sustain wide ranging support systems for ESM and their families and to demonstrate that Ex Servicemen (ESM) are a positive force for nation building.

Mission

The mission of the Department is to effectively play the role of an institutional anchor which coordinates with various Ministries, Departments and Agencies within Government as well as partners with the private sector to formulate policies relating to training/skilling and re-employment of ESM. The Department also handles pensionary awards for ex-servicemen to make available benefits of pension schemes in a timely and efficient manner besides setting up a national network of welfare and health centres, for providing the highest level of services to ex-servicemen.

Aim

The aim is to strive for a more efficient and dependable system of redressing issues at the individual and collective levels, which also demonstrates a sense of empathy and sensitivity. And to provide these services without any discrimination and to give all ex-servicemen and women their rightful place of respect and dignity.

Objectives

1. Delivery of Health Care.
2. Resettlement and rehabilitation of Ex-Servicemen.
3. Financial assistance under welfare schemes.
4. Strengthening of grievance redressal mechanism, including pension grievances.
5. Media campaign/awareness programmes for ESM Welfare.
6. Compilation of ESM database.
7. Implementation of One Rank One Pension

Functions of the Department



The following functions have been laid down for Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare in Allocation of Business Rules;
• Matters relating to Ex-servicemen including non-pensioners.
• Ex-servicemen contributory health scheme.
• Matters relating to Directorate general of Resettlement and Kendriya Sainik Board.
• Administration of:
i. The Pension Regulation for the Army,1961(Part I and II)
ii. The pension regulations for the Air force 1961(part I and II)
iii. The Navy (pension) regulations, 1964
iv. The Entitlement Rules to casualty Pensionary Awards to the Armed Forces Personnel, 1982.

Organization Chart

Organization Chart of this department is available in the About Us Section of this website Click here

Section 4(1)(b)(ii): Powers and duties of its officers and employees


Deptt. of Ex.Servicemen Welfare has one Wing headed by Joint Secretary(ESW). This Wing consists of Divisions, Branches, Sections/Desks headed by Director/Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary, Section Officers/Desk Officers respectively. Sections are manned by subordinate staff such as Assistant Section Officers (ASOs), Upper Division Clerks (UDCs), Multi Tasking Staff (MTS).

JOINT SECRETARY(ESW)

Main items of work;

Resettlement Division
1. Formulation of policy and planning for the Rehabilitation/Resettlement of ex-service personnel.
2. Education Allowance in respect of children of service officers/personnel.
3. Directorate General of Resettlement, Kendriya Sainik Board, Rajya Sainik Boards, Zila Sainik Boards.
4. Ex-servicemen’s Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).
5. Assistance to Ex-servicemen/dependents from Armed Forces Flag Day Fund and Raksha Mantri Ex-Servicemen Welfare Fund(RMEWF).
6. Gifts/Cheques and donations from the public for Welfare Funds such as Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.
Pension Division
7. All pension matters of Ex-Servicemen, policy and individual cases, including second appeal for disability pension and special family pension.
8. Matters relating to pension offices in Nepal.
9. Pension related grievances and court matters on pension.
10. All other matters related to pension needing Government intervention.


Functions of the Secretary, Joint Secretary, Director/DS, Under Secretary, SO/DO, Asst/UDC, LDC etc. have been outlined in the Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure

Work allocation

Work allocation of Under Secretary and DS/Director is available on the RTI Section of this department. Click here


Section 4(1)(b)(iii): Procedures followed in the decision making process including channels of supervision and accountability.

The papers, documents and files in the Department are handled at different levels of hierarchy in the Ministry as per the requirements of the Constitution of India, the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961, the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961, Security Instructions issued by the Ministry, the Manual of Office Procedure, Parliamentary Procedures, General Financial Rules, Delegation of Financial Rules, Fundamental Rules, Supplementary Rules and other Service Rules, Instructions/Guidelines issued by various Nodal Ministries (like the Cabinet Secretariat, Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Finance, etc., and other Departmental instructions issued from time to time.
The cases are generally processed at the Section/Desk level/Under Secretary level and the files are submitted to Under Secretary/Deputy Secretary/Director/Joint Secretary/Secretary/ Ministers, as per final level of disposal.

The information on work allocation given under Section 4(b)(ii) indicating distribution of work among divisions covers the accountability part in this provision.

Section 4(1)(b)(iv): Norms for the discharge of functions

The norms laid down by Govt. of India are followed. For the process of redressal of grievances Click here

Section 4(1)(b)(v): Rules, regulations, Instructions,
manuals and records held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions.

The papers, documents and files in the Ministry are handled and disposed of at different levels of hierarchy in the Ministry as per the requirements of the following laws,
rules, regulations and instructions:

Illustrative list (not exhaustive):
• Constitution of India
• Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961
• The Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961
• Security Instructions
• Manual of Office Procedure
• Parliamentary Procedures
• Directions issued by the Presiding Officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
• General Financial Rules
• Delegation of Financial Rules
• Fundamental Rules
• Supplementary Rules
• Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules
• Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules
• Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules
• Central Services (Pension) Rules
• Instructions issued by the Cabinet Secretariat Instructions issued by the Ministry of Finance
• Instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training
• Instructions issued by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances
• Manual of Security Instructions issued by the Ministry of Defence

Section 4(1)(b)(vi): Statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control.

Both Classified and Unclassified Documents relating to the business allocated to this Department as per the Government of India(Allocation of Business Rules), 1961 are held.

Section 4(1)(b)(vii): Particulars of any arrangement that exits for consultation with or representation
by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof.

The Department, generally, does not directly deal with the members of public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof. However, provision is there to post major Policy decision/ draft Bill is placed on Department’s Website for seeking comments from Public and Stakeholders.

Section 4(1)(b)(viii): A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons
constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meeting of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public,
or the minutes of such meeting are accessible for public.

Department of Ex. Servicemen Welfare has only one Board i.e. Kendriya Sainik Board which is responsible for welfare
of Ex-servicemen and their dependents and also for the administration of welfare funds. All the Schemes and programmes
formulated are made available to Public through the official website of KSB Sectt.and, printed brochures etc.
Click here


The Government appointed a one Member Judicial Committee headed by Justice L.Narasimha Reddy, Retd. Chief Justice of Patna High Court on 14.12.2015 to look into anomalies,
if any arising out of implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP). The Committee has submitted its report to the Govt. on 26.10.2016.


A Standing Committee for Welfare of Ex-Servicemen under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri has been constituted on 13.10.2014. Secretary (ESW), Controller General Defence Accounts (CGDA), Director General of Resettlement (DGR), Managing Director, Central Organisation ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme(MD, Co ECHS), Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board Sectt (KSB Sectt.) are the official members of the Committee, and the three recognized ESM Associations i.e Disabled war Veterans, The Indian Ex-Services League & Air Force Association are the Non-Official members of the Committee. Special invitees of the Committee are ADG (Pers.& Ser),DDG(Canteen),Representatives of Veteran Cells of Army/Navy/Air Force & PCDA(P).


A Steering Committee for Skill Development has been constituted under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 14th September, 2015 in accordance with MoU signed between Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The Steering Committee has been constituted to review the progress of activities envisioned in the MoU and to ensure the outcomes.
The scope of review includes
(a). providing guidance with regard to the project direction and execution
(b). Monitoring the progress of the work.
(c). Addressing the issues concerning the functioning of the project.

Section 4(1)(b)(ix): Directory of officers and employees.( Please visit Who's Who Section of this Website) Click here

Section 4(1)(b)(x): Monthly remuneration received by officers and employees.

S. No. Post Level Pay Band
1. Secretary 17 225000
2. Special Secretary 16 205400-224400
3. Additional Secretary 15 182200-224100
4. Joint Secretary 14 144200-218200
5. Director & equivalent 13 118500-214100
6. Deputy Secretary/Sr.PPS & equivalent 12 78800-209200
7. Under Secretary/ Sr.PPS & equivalent 11 67700-208700
8. Section Officer/PS & equivalent (NFS on completion of 4 years Service in the grade) 10 56100-177500
9. Section Officer/PS & equivalent 8 47600-151100
10. Assistant/PA and equivalent 7 44900-142400
11. UDC/Steno & equivalent 4 25500-81100
12. LDC/ Staff Car Driver & equivalent 2 19900-63200
13. MTS 1 18000-56900


Section 4(1)(b)(xi): Budget allocated to each agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed
expenditure and reports on disbursement made.

Budget Allocation to Deptt of Ex-Servicemen Welfare and its Attached Offices (Please visit Budget Section of this Website).
.Click here

Section 4(1)(b)(xii): Manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes.

Department of Ex-Servicemen doesn’t handle any subsidy Programme.

Section 4(1)(b)(xiii): Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorization granted by it.

Not applicable.

Section 4(1)(b)(xiv): Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it. Reduced in an electronic form.

As available on the website of Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare.

Section 4(1)(b)(xv): The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining Information,
including the working hours of a library or reading Room; if maintained for public use.

Website of the Dept. of Ex-Servicemen Welfare. However, there is no public library or reading room maintained by the Deptt. for public use.

Section 4(1)(b)(xvi): The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information officers;

Details available on RTI Section of Website of the Dept. of Ex-Servicemen welfare.- Click here.

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