MUSHALPUR, Sept 21 - The Ex-Army Welfare Scheme meant for the benefit of families of retired army personnel has failed to reach out to them, the family of a deceased army jawan has alleged.
Pranab Kumar Das, the son of deceased jawan Nandaram Das of Thamna near Mushalpur in Baksa district, has been unable to get a Grade IV job under the scheme even after repeated applications to the higher authorities ever since the death of his father.
Nandaram Das was a jawan in the No. 6 Assam Regiment who had joined in 1964 and retired in 1979.
Meanwhile, an advertisement was published announcing loan for families of retired jawans.
Pranab Kumar Das applied for a loan in 2005. Though Nandaram Das died in 2009, the family has not been able to avail the loan till date.
Later, as per the advice of the Central Army Board, Pranab Kumar Das applied for a Grade IV job but till now he has not been able to get it under the Ex-Army Welfare Scheme despite frequent visits to army offices in Delhi and Guwahati.
According to family sources, the Director of Finance, Assam Regiment, had directed the Director of Army Welfare Department to appoint Pranab Kumar Das in a Grade IV post. The Joint Director of the Recruitment Branch of the Indian Army had also directed the Secretary of the Central Army Board to appoint the jawan�s son but to no effect.
Pranab Kumar Das later had to move court to get back his original documents from the Central Army Board, which had allegedly kept his certificates for two years.
The youth said he had also written to the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and the Commandant of the Assam Regiment but this move also turned futile.