Nirmala Sitharaman approves 18,000 minimum disability pension for soldiers

The Defence minstry has announced on 24th January, 2019 via tweet that Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the decision to set disability or war injury pension for armed forces personnel at a minimum of Rs 18,000 per month.

Defence Minister said in tweet, “With approval from Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, it has been decided that the disability/war injury pension, special family pension and liberalised family pension shall be minimum Rs 18,000 per month for Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners, with affect from 1/1/2016. “

The Defence Ministry last July had said armed forces personnel would continue to get disability pension based on percentage system till the Anomaly Committee came out with a report on the issue.

There was widespread criticism from opposition parties and the military establishment over a letter issued prior to that which had introduced a slab-based system, as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission, for determining the disability pension for defence forces.

Following this, the ministry had referred the matter to the Anomaly Committee. “However, there was confusion as to what system would be used to determine disability pension. “

Till the committee comes out with a report, existing percentage system will be used to determine disability pension, defence sources said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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