New Delhi, October 10, 2016: Although Narendra Modi led BJP government boasts off supporting Indian army’s moral by using political posters involving army after surgical strikes, the ground reality is the bitter truth that demoralises the valor of the army drastically.
Just 2 days after the surgical strikes, the government has slashed “disability pensions” for army men. As per the gazette notification of September 30, had any of the soldiers been invalidated out of duty during surgical strikes, they would have received a slashed pension amount as a result of conducting successful surgical strikes and losing their ability.
The notification related to pension slash was issued by the department of ex-servicemen welfare. The department comes under the Ministry of Defence.
To utter surprise, the notification of reduced disability pension was posted on the official website of MoD under ‘Enhancement in rate of disability pension’.
The new rule put into effect retrospectively from January 1, 2016.
As the government of India accepted the recommendation of the seventh pay commission to discontinue the ‘percentage disability’ system introduced by sixth PC in 2006, the loss in disability slashes a great deal of amount for army men.
Before the September 30 notification, the army personal who had suffered 100 per cent disability was entitled to equivalent amount of pension to his last drawn salary. Additionally they were also entitled to ‘service component’ of pension which was 50 per cent of their last drawn pay.
The monetary impact of the disability pensions cut is enormous. A young soldier who had incurred 100 per cent disability or severe injuries in the line of duty would see a 40 per cent cut in pension from Rs 45,200 to Rs 27,200. For the similar setback, a senior army officer would receive a loss of 70,000 a month, while the naib subedars with over 26 years of service would get a Rs 40,000 per month pension cut.
It is difficult to digest how the government that claims to celebrate success of army or boosting up armed forces’ confidence by putting up political poster across poll bound states or receive felicitation for success of army operations could justify the disability pensions cut of the Jawans who risked their lives, and now the fortunes, for country.