The allotment of LPG agencies under the quota meant for soldiers, who are disabled or killed while performing duties, has come under the High Court’s scanner after a disabled veteran alleged incorrect certificates have been issued by the Haryana Government to applicants who are otherwise ineligible.
Taking up a petition filed by Major PP Singh, a war injury pensioner, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered a stay on the allotments under the defence quota by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).
The officer has stated before the High Court he was one of the applicants in the category of defence and other government personnel meant to cater to disabled soldiers or kin of those who died “while performing duties”. He has averred that IOC is in the process of allotting an agency to one civilian on the basis of a certificate issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Rewari, stating that the he was eligible under the category.
The petition contends that in reality, the services of the person’s father had been terminated in 1995 and he died in 2000. He was later notionally reinstated in service on court orders in 2002. The petitioner has submitted that when the father of the applicant was not even in service at the time of his death and had died during the period of termination, it was impossible for him to have died “while performing duties”. Read More…