Pension alert! Modi government takes an important step for Armed Forces Personnel

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In an important decision, the Modi government has now permitted Invalid Pension to Armed Forces Personnel with less than 10 years of qualifying service. The recommendation has been accepted by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The advantage of this arrangement will be available to those Armed Forces Personnel who were in service on or after 04.01.2019.

Invalid pension: What was the rule so far?

Previously, the minimum term of qualifying service provided and expected for invalid pension was 10 years or more. For less than 10 years of qualifying service, invalid gratuity was allowed.

Invalid pension: What are the benefits? And for whom are the benefits? 

By this ruling, Armed Forces Personnel whose service is less than ten years and became/become invalided out of service on account of any physical or mental ailment which is Neither Attributable to Nor Aggravated (NANA) by Military service and which permanently undermined/incapacitates them from military service as well as civil re-employment, will be profited and it will make them economically reliable.

Invalid pension: Grant and eligibility

-Invalid pension is granted to the Armed Forces Personnel invalided out of service on account of limitation which is admitted as Neither Attributable to Nor Aggravated (NANA) by Military Service.

– Invalid Pension may be imparted if a Government servant appeals for retirement from the service on account of any physical or mental infirmity which permanently incapacitates him/her for the service.

– The request for invalid pension has to be verified by a medical report from the accountable medical board.

Recently, in a major relief to Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) beneficiaries, the Modi government had taken a great decision. As measuring of oxygen saturation level is one of the multiple critical parameters for observing the health of coronavirus patients, Ministry of Defence (MoD), Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DSEW) has chosen to compensate the cost of pulse oximeter purchased by the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) beneficiaries subject to some conditions.

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