In a crucial decision, the Ministry of Defence announced that differently-abled soldiers would get a minimum pension of Rs 18000 per month starting 1 January 2016.
The announcement was made on social media platform Twitter
“With approval from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, it has been decided that the disability or war injury pension, special family pension and liberalised family pension shall be a minimum Rs 18,000 per month for defence forces pensioners and family pensioners, with effect from 1 January 2016,” Union Defence Minister tweeted.
This comes as a huge relief after there was widespread criticism for the government after an earlier suggestion to introduce a slab-based system for the pension for disabled soldiers did not go down well with retired personnel.
This comes as Sitharaman met family members of martyred militant-turned-soldier Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani at the ‘At Home’ function at Rashtrapati Bhavan post the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.
Wani, who was martyred while fighting terrorists in Shopian in Kashmir in November, was posthumously awarded Ashoka Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award, by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The award was received by Wani’s wife and mother at the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath. He is the first Kashmiri to be conferred the Ashoka Chakra.