He is a hero in life too

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Amid growing scams and corruption and amassing of wealth in improper ways by many, a retired Air Force Corporal has shown the world exemplary honesty will be hard to ignore and one can live with dignity even amidst penury.
Charles Williams, 89, a World War II veteran from Mysore and who is in poor health, wants to return the excess money credited to his pension account.
Williams joined the Royal Air Force in pre-Independent India. Aftera six-week pre-induction training, he was posted at Agra. Within days, he was sent to Burma where he saw action against Japanese.
“Though in the RAF, our unit saw a lot of ground battle and we dug in and stayed put in the trenches. We were holed up for weeks without regular supply of food and water. The battle that raged was horrific with soldiers getting maimed and killed in the heavy exchange of fire. But ultimately we prevailed,” recalled Williams, whose father, P.V. Williams, had enrolled with the British Army and took part in World War I.
Speaking to The Hindu at his residence near Bamboo Bazaar here, Williams said that after Independence, he was inducted into the Indian Air Force and was part of the first convoy that landed in Srinagar following the outbreak of hostilities with Pakistan. He opted for voluntary retirement from the IAF in 1959, joined HAL and retired in 1983.
After retirement, he found certain anomaly in his pension and complained that he was being underpaid. “A visit to the local Sainik Welfare and Resettlement Board did not help me much as officials are apathetic to the grievances of ex-servicemen,” Williams said. He approached M.N. Subramani, president, VeKare Ex-Servicemen Trust in Mysore.
But calculations showed that the Centralised Pension Processing Centre of State Bank of Mysore, Mangalore, had credited Williams’ account with excess money.
 Mr. Subramani said he was being credited with Rs. 300 towards fixed medical allowances for which he was not entitled to. He was credited with Rs. 15,200 in excess with effect from July 2007.
 “When this was brought to the notice of Williams, he asked me to inform the bank to recover the amount in 15 equal instalments so as not to put him in financial hardship,” said Mr. Subramani.
 What is ironic is that Williams is returning the medical allowance when he needs it the most. He is visually impaired and desperately needs Rs. 1.5 lakh for a heart operation. “When I am not entitled for something, the national exchequer should not be made to bear the burden,” said Williams.
 Meanwhile, Mr. Subramani has mailed a letter to SBM, Mangalore, drawing their attention to the anomaly.

 After retirement, he found certain anomaly in his pension

He is returning medical allowance when he needs it the most
He is a hero in life too


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Army awaits nod for aviation brigade

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Army awaits nod for aviation brigade 
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 4
The Indian Army’s request for having attack helicopters in its arsenal has yet again faced opposition. Such copters, for now, are operated by Indian Air Force pilots. The Army Aviation Corps, which was formed in November 1987, flies light helicopters in mountainous regions.
The capability to carry out heavy airlift operations and conduct flights in attack formations are handled by the IAF.
The Army’s demand was brought up at a high-level review meeting convened by Defence Minister AK Antony on July 2.
“It was discussed, but no decision has been taken - at the moment - to allocate combat helicopters to the Army,” a source said.
Sources said the Army had made out a strong case citing the example of neighbouring China. “The Army has once again pressed for it. Now, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has to take a call.
“Such matters need a political call as the IAF would naturally not want to relinquish its role in attack copters,” source said.
The Army believes that the way to counter China’s deployment of tanks in the flat Tibetan plateau is by deploying attack helicopters flown by its pilots.
The mountainous and rugged terrain on India’s northern and western borders allows no space for operations of mechanised forces. On the Chinese side, the plateau is flat and open making it fit for such movement.
To counter China, India needs air-transported operations and the ideal equipment to do it are helicopters — capable of lift and assault roles.
China formed its Army Aviation brigade in April 1988 - some five months after India - by transferring all helicopters from its air force. The move was in consonance with all major modern armies in the world.
The Indian Army, in its argument to the MoD, has stated that Army pilots have better comprehension of ground operations and they work within the operational philosophy of the ground forces.
why the NEED
Better coordination between ground and air operations
Countering China on the Tibetan plateauClick here


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