In a major relief to a 79-year-old war widow, the Bombay High Court has directed the Sainik Welfare Department of the State Government to start her pension once all relevant documents are submitted by her.
Tulsabai has been trying to get the pension for eight years now.
A bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice RV Ghuge had passed an order on April 17 directing the authorities to start Tulsabai’s pension once all relevant documents are submitted.
Tulsabai’s husband Ganpati Suryawanshi served in World War II and retired in 1947, however, neither he nor his family received any pension.
They lived in their home state of Karnataka until his death. Thereafter, Tulsabai shifted to Maharashtra.
As per the Government Resolution dated December 29, 1989, financial benefits are given to the widows of ex-servicemen who took part in World War II. The benefits of this scheme are given those widows who are domiciled in Maharashtra.
Upon learning about the said GR, Tulsabai applied for pension however she was told that she was not eligible for the same as she was not a resident of Maharashtra.
Tulsabai’s lawyer Dhairsheel Sutar submitted that all the relevant documents, except Tulsabai’s domicile certificate, were provided. The domicile certificate would be forwarded to the authorities concerned within three days of the order, he said.
Upon hearing both parties on May 3, the court directed the state authorities to follow their April 17 order.
Read the Order here.