India has always been proud to have Nepalese as soldiers in her Defence Forces and has made every effort to ensure that they are looked after and cared for in their twilight years.
The Origin of the Defence Wing in Nepal dates back to the Tripartite Agreement signed between the representatives of the Govt. of UK, India and Nepal on 09 November 1947. The then Nepalese Prime Minister and C-in-C, His Highness Padam SJB Rana agreed to maintain the Gorkha connection with the British Army and the Indian Army. The Indian Army has maintained this Agreement in letter and spirit to this day and Gorkhas from Nepal continue to be recruited into the Indian Army. The Defence Wing under the Defence Attaché, Col Man Raj Singh Mann, comprises of the offices of the Defence Attaché, the Welfare Branch (IEWON), the Military Pension Branch, the Record Office and the ECHS Branch at Kathmandu, and the PPOs at Pokhara and Dharan.
The Defence Wing is organised as under :-
As of now, we have over 1.26 Lakh pensioners residing in Nepal. The Government of India has made every effort to ensure that these pensioners, their families and dependents are looked after in the best possible manner. To ensure this, the Government of India has established “The Indian Ex-Servicemen Welfare Organization in Nepal (IEWON)” functioning under the Defence Attaché, Embassy of India, under the chairmanship of the Ambassador of India to Nepal.