SPARSH Smart Card for Defence Pensioner : Include All Benefits of ESM

A high level meeting of stake holders held on Defence Pension system last year wherein proposal  for introduction of SPARSH Smart Card has been adopted.

It is well known that the Defence pension has now been migrated to SPARSH system and pension is directly credited to your bank instead of payment by Bank CPPC.   The role of CPPC has been discontinued to disburse the defence pension and all kind of administration of pension i.e sanction, disbursement, revision, grievance redressal and miscellaneous issued is now dealing by the SPARSH, PCDA Pension  and other related defence establishments.

The benefits and after retirement facilities awarded to the Ex-servicemen and their family members are accountable to the concerned department within ministry of defence/ DESW/Kendriya Sainik Board.  No integration among the various wings are there and it resulted discrepancy in managing the welfare of ESM.

To remove such difficulties, the Ministry of defence has proposed to introduce integrated smart card containing smart chip system which may integrate all related systems / benefits allowed to Ex-servicemen and their families i.e SPARSH Pension Details, PPO, Discharge Book, CSD Card, ECHS Card, Ex-serviceman ID Card, Service and pay details, family details etc.

It is expected that the New SPARSH Card will be effective for Defence service pensioners from 2024 onwards in a phased manner.

To read the detailed information discussed in the said meeting held on 14 Dec 2022 at New Delhi is available in our website ( click here).

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