NEW DELHI: The “mischievous and unauthorized” addition of some phrases in an order issued on July 16, which might limit the scope of “invalid pension” to disabled troopers, has caught the defence ministry (MoD) in an embarrassing bind. The MoD […]
The MoD had introduced “invalid pension” would now even be given to these army personnel boarded out earlier than finishing their 10 years of qualifying service attributable to incapacity that was “neither attributable to, nor aggravated by army service (NANA)”.
This was in accordance with the unique authorities notification issued by the Division of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare in February 2019, on prodding by the Supreme Courtroom, for all authorities servants. The essential line was bodily or psychological infirmity which “completely incapacitates him (or her) for service” earlier than finishing 10 years.
However the order by MoD’s division of ex-servicemen welfare (DESW) stated the profit shall be granted for a incapacity which “incapacitates them from army service in addition to civil reemployment”.
Navy authorized specialists say the addition of phrases “in addition to civil reemployment” would give grounds to defence accounts division officers to refuse invalid pension as a result of army medical boards render a certificates to disabled troopers stating they’re ‘match for civil employment’ in many of the instances.
The MoD, on being contacted by TOI, acknowledged that representations have been being made on the difficulty. “We’re conscious of the matter. It’s being examined with a view to resolve it,” stated an official.
The authorized specialists stated the “surreptitious” addition of the phrases was completed with none authority by defence accounts officers who drafted the letter. “The DESW has no jurisdiction over any future reemployment of disabled troopers, which isn’t assured. Even in any other case, invalid pension is linked with the lack of job on medical grounds and never any upcoming hypothetical employment within the civil world,” stated an professional.
Invalid pension until now was granted to solely these army personnel who had greater than 10 years of service and have been boarded out on account of incapacity below NANA. If the service rendered was lower than 10 years, solely “invalid gratuity” was paid to the troopers. The brand new order is relevant to these army personnel who have been in service on or after January 4, 2019.