Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him not to reduce disability pension of the armed forces. In the letter written in Hindi, addressed to the Prime Minister, Kejriwal speaks of his concerns and disappointment over the reduction of the disability pensions. In an unusually polite manner, Kejriwal talked about the difficult and hostile situations, the armed forces face while defending the country. He started the letter by applauding PM Modi on the success of the surgical strikes and said that while the soldiers were returning after eliminating terrorists, the Defence Ministry issued a notification, cutting down the disability pension by a tremendous amount.
Kejriwal said that under the previous system if a soldier got fully disabled during the services, he would get a pension amount, that would be the same as his last withdrawn salary. He further said that the Defence Ministry has changed it into a ‘slab system’ that is causing a lot of financial damage to these soldiers. He cited examples and said that earlier if a soldier was the part of the armed forces for 5 years, he would-would receive a monthly salary of RS 28-29,000. And if he becomes completely disabled, it is the least amount he a deserves.But under the new system, he would receive an allowance of only RS 12,000. Similarly, a colonel wounded in a war would receive a pension of RS 80,000 but under the new system, that amount would go down to Rs 27,000.
I urge PM not to reduce disability pension of armed forces. My letter to Hon’ble PM pic.twitter.com/o270H1jf6s
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 14, 2016
Talking about the Delhi government’s policy on such issues, he said that his state government provided an amount of RS 1 crore if a soldier sacrifices doing his duty. He said that the Central government could come up with such a policy and provide an amount of RS 1 crore to the family of soldiers who die in service. He further criticised the centre and said that the Central government has been promising the armed forces with the “One Rank One Pension” policy for years but it has been kept hanging and it hasn’t been completely implemented. He urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and implement this policy in its full effect.
He again praised Narendra Modi on his brave decision to conduct the surgical strikes and urged him to show the same heart and help the brave soldiers with their financial crisis.