The Union government has trashed reports claiming disability pension for the armed forces has been reduced. The government on Monday also slammed the respective media for “negative reporting” on the issue.
ToI reported government sources saying on Monday that reports in some section of the media tried to create an impression by “selective misquoting” that the armed forces’ disability pension has been slashed.
“The truth is that the disability pension for non-battle cases has increased for the majority of the personnel,” the sources told ToI.
The government sources particularly attacked a “dramatised article” which described pensions of soldiers, who participated in the recent surgical strikes, would be drastically cut if they were injured.
Trashing the report, the sources said that pensions for war injury cases have not been touched as per the 7th pay commission recommendations. Instead, disability pension of about 90% of armed forces has been increased in the range of 14% to 30%.
The 7th pay Commission had recommended an increase in the disability pensions for most of the personnel of Indian armed forces. The government has accepted it and resolution based on the recommendation has also been approved. However, the details of the order are yet to be issued, according to ToI.
Earlier in August this year, the Indian Army had increased the insurance cover for its serving personnel. The Army Group Insurance Fund (AGIF) had increased the insurance cover in case of officers, including Military Nursing Service officers, Army Postal Corps (APS) and re-employed officers, from Rs 60 lakh to Rs 75 lakh.