Govt sensitive to needs of retd soldiers: Army
Army chief General VK Singh on Saturday said defence minister AK Antony had promised to remove the anomalies in the pension of ex-servicemen.
“The defence minister has assured us that after the completion of the budget session, he will try to address all problems one by one,” Singh said, while speaking at a function at the Tau Devi Lal stadium here, organised by the Indian Ex-servicemen League.
Addressing a gathering of ex-servicemen, Singh said the government was sensitive to the needs of retired soldiers and efforts were being made to remove anomalies in their pension as identified by the Sixth Pay Commission.
“After the Sixth Pay Commission, 46 anomalies were discovered, which caused losses to the ex- servicemen. These have been put before the government and we are committed to remove them to ensure that everyone gets an equitable pension,” he said.
The Army chief said the perception that removing these anomalies would cost too much was incorrect.
“We found out that if these 46 anomalies were removed, it will cost Rs 3,000 crore only and out of this Rs 2,600 crore is for junior officers and jawans. Only Rs 400 crore will be spent to address the problems of officers,” General Singh said.
For taking care of ageing ex-servicemen who do not have any family support, he said old-age homes were being opened in every command and one such facility had already been made operational in Panchkula, Haryana.
He added that a care centre had been opened at the base hospital in Delhi to help cancer patients. “A facility was opened three months ago at the Research and Referral Hospital for people accompanying their family members,” Singh said.