Armed forces against misuse of disability pension: Sitharaman’s office

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New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Facing a flak for taxing the disability pension of servicemen, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s office on Tuesday tweeted a letter from the armed forces seeking a curb on the growing practice of seeking compensation even for lifestyle diseases.

Bearing the caption “Response of the Armed Forces on the issue of taxability of disability pension”, it had an unsigned statement of the armed forces saying that the rising trend of seeking disability pensions needs to be checked because the army cannot have large number of personnel with medical disabilities in their rank and file when the security challenges to the nation are on the rise.

The note went on to make a distinction between pension for those soldiers wounded in battle and others who are seeking financial gains through their disabilities.

But the veterans did not agree with comments made in the post tweeted by the minister.

Navdeep Singh, a veteran who is at the forefront of service related issues, said that it was shocking that the armed forces provided an unsigned note to the minister. He said that there are two kinds of disability benefits and both are allowed under the rules — war injury pension and normal disability pension.

–IANS

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