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Information under Section 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act,
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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)(xiv):

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

14. 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.

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

Particulars of organisation, functions and duties

4(1)(b)(i): Particulars of organisation, functions an 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 Hqrs. 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 was created in the Ministry of Defence on 22nd September,2004 in order to pay focused attention to the welfare and resettlement of ESM. It 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) Resettlement Division; and (ii) Pension Division. It has 3 Attached offices namely, Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariat (KSB Sectt.), Directorate General of Resettlement, (DGR) and Central Organisation, Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (CO, ECHS).

2. KSB 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 32 Rajya Sainik Boards (RSBs) and 392 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 in respect of the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh and 60% for other States/UTs while the remaining expenditure is borne by respect State Governments as welfare and resettlement of ESM is the joint responsibility of the Central Government and State Governments.

3. 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 Dte. Resettlement Zones (DRZs) at each of the 5 Commands.

4. 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 426 polyclinics across the country.

5. The Pension Division of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare deals with pension policies for the Armed Forces personnel, implementation of Armed Forces Tribunals/Court orders and redressal of grievances of Ex-servicemen.

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.

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

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

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.

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 rules, regulations, Instructions, manuals, etc. issued by Govt. of India from time to time are followed for discharging the functions.

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.



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)

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

Officers and employees in the Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare are being paid monthly remuneration in their respective Pay Band/ Level after revision of pay scales by 7th Central Pay Commission and other allowances as applicable.

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).

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.