November 7, 2020 3:28:28 am
The Congress on Friday accused the government of “betraying” the armed forces with its proposal to reduce pension entitlements for personnel who have served for less than 35 years. The opposition party asked PM Narendra Modi to clarify his stand on the issue and reject the proposal by the Department of Military Affairs (DMA).
The proposal — to increase retirement age across all ranks below Lieutenant General and implement a mechanism to cut premature pension — could get government sanction soon, as reported by The Indian Express.
Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala alleged that the government often seeks votes on the sacrifice of the soldiers. “Now it has become the first regime in India’s history to steal the pension and alternate career choice of officers after active service,” he said. “The Prime Minister has exhorted the nation to light a diya for the soldiers, but has ensured darkness in their lives by attempting to reduce their pension by half,” he added.
“At the time of recruitment in the Army… every officer in the Indian Military Academy has to compulsorily sign a 20-year mandatory service bond. An officer after 20 years of rigorous service,…