Aligarh: World War II veterans who had once overpowered their enemies by their valour have virtually surrendered before the government machinery. They are running from pillar to post to avail their pension pending for the last nine months.

According to reports, their pensions are stuck with the banks, while cheques against the Sainik Welfare Board have already been dispatched with their account numbers.

Despite repeated reminders from the board, the banks have a long list of excuses for not reliving the pension. The irked board officials have sought information from the banks about their branches. 

The Indian Army had participated in the World War II from 1939 to 1945, and 355 soldiers were from Aligarh. The government is paying Rs 2500 as monthly pension to these veterans, who despite their frail figures are compelled to run from one office to another to avail the amount.

Irked over the callousness of the official machinery, Board Secretary Arvind Kumar said, “If such system continues, people will even hesitate to join the Army.”

It may be noted that the pension is stuck with various branches of SBI and Central Bank for the last three to nine months respectively.

Meanwhile, the search for missing warriors of the World War II is yet to complete. Till date, only 150 out of 355 veterans have been ascertained. District Soldier Welfare and Rehabilitation Board has written letters to all retired military personnel and their dependents to collect information related to the War veterans.

(JPN/ Bureau)