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The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare is controlled and managed by its parent ministry: the Ministry of Defence. DESW is headed by a Secretary and deals with all resettlement, welfare and pensionary matters of Ex-Servicemen.


Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare ( Poorva Senani Kalyan Vibhag) is a department, in Ministry of Defence, India. It was set up in 2004. The head of Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare since its inception has been a bureaucrat from the IAS.


Veteran have for long demanded that DEWS be headed by a serving officers or a retired officer, like in other countries, including the United States, in which the Department of Veterans, is invariably headed by veteran with active duty military experience, with a cabinet rank. For instance the current head of the department is graduate of West Point, and has served in the army.


The main functions of Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare DESW:

  • Matters relating to Armed Forces Veterans (Ex- Servicemen) including pensioners;
  • Armed Forces Veterans (Ex Servicemen);
  • Contributory Health Scheme;
  • Matters relating to Directorate General of Resettlement and Kendriya Sainik Board;
  • Administration of (a) the Pension Regulations for the Army, 1961 (Parts I and II); (b) the Pension Regulations for the Air Force, 1961 (Parts I and II); (c) the Navy (Pension) Regulations, 1964; and (d) The Entitlement Rules to Casualty Pensionary Awards to the Armed Forces Personnel, 1982.


DESW Divisions:

The Department has two Divisions:

  1. The Resettlement Division, and
  2. The Pension Division,

and 3 attached offices as given below:

  1. Secretariat of Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB),
  2. Directorate General (Resettlement) (DGR), and
  3. Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Organisation.

Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW):

99-A, South Block New Delhi-110011


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