New Delhi : The Defence Ministry on Saturday put on hold its controversial order lowering the disability pension to the defence forces, saying the pensioners will continue to be paid at the old rates, pending decision of the anomaly committee. It said implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation on methodology for calculating the disability element has been referred to the anomaly committee.
There was a furore in the defence forces on the methodology for arriving at the revised pension by multiplying the basic pension or basic family pension dawn on 31.12.2015 by 2.57. Reacting to the announcement, Congress chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “A gross wrong done to our Armed Forces has been undone, though belatedly and after huge hue and cry. We will only say to Modi Government — Better late than never.” In a statement, he urged the government to take a cue and address the remaining issues raised by Rahul Gandhi regarding the injustice meted out to our armed forces.
He said post-public outrage and Rahul’s letter to Prime Minister, the government has finally woken up from a web of denial to redress the all important issue of arbitrarily reducing “disability pension” for injuries suffered in combat.
Referring to other demands of Rahul, Surjewala said, “Implementation of OROP, which has become ”One Rank, Many Pensions” instead of ”One Rank, One Pension”, the honourable settlement of anomalies of 7th Pay Commission and deliberate reduction of Army Ranks vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts continue to remain as reasons of dissatisfaction and outrage. We urge upon PM Modiji for fast resolution of these issues on behalf of the people of India, veterans and serving men and women of the Armed Forces.”