According to ToI the Union government on October 10 slammed media reports that claimed that soldiers disability pension have been reduced and said that in the 7th pay commission they infact have been increased.
The union government further thrashed the negative news reporting on the issue, and said it has been done by the “usual suspects”.
They then went on to clarify that in the majority the cases “disability pension for non-battle cases has increased”.
“Media reports have tried to create an impression, by selective misquoting, that the disability pensions have been slashed. The truth is that the disability pension for non-battle cases has increased for majority of the personnel.”
The media official even spoke about a “dramatized article” that he claimed described how the pensions of Army personnel would have gotten drastically cut had he/she participated in the surgical strike and gotten severely injured.
“There was a dramatized article in the media today describing how the pensions of Army personnel who participated in the surgical strike get cut drastically if they got severely injured during the surgical strike. But the fact is, that the disability pensions for war injury cases for personnel who have been invalidated have not been touched, according to the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.”
He further added that the disability pension of almost 90% of the armed force personnel has been “significantly increased,” with the increase ranging from around 14% to 30% among the PBORs/JCOs.
He gave few examples and said a sepoys has disability pension increased from Rs 9282 to Rs 12,000, for havildars it went up from Rs 10,542 to Rs 12,000 and for naiks it went from Rs 9680 to Rs 12,000 in the 7th Pay Commission.