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Lieutenant Colonel Niraj Bakshi has threatened to sue General Ashwani Kumar for a sum of Rs 1 crore.(REUTERS Photo)

Row over disability pension may soon take a legal turn

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 02:02 AM IST
Lieutenant Col Bakshi has claimed the comments of the former Adjutant General has caused “irreparable damage” to his reputation as a disabled soldier, a disability pensioner and an upright military veteran and model citizen.
On July 8, the defence minister had told the Rajya Sabha that the decision to go back to exempting disability pension from being taxed was under the consideration of the ministry.(File photo for representation)
On July 8, the defence minister had told the Rajya Sabha that the decision to go back to exempting disability pension from being taxed was under the consideration of the ministry.(File photo for representation)

Government to roll back tax on disability pension for forces

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 05:58 AM IST
Disability pensions in the Indian armed forces will continue to be exempt from tax, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed to senior government officials, effectively rolling back a recent order that brought the provision in the tax net.
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat with war veteran Naik Deep Chand who was injured in army operation, during the ‘Vijay Diwas’ celebrations in Drass on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat with war veteran Naik Deep Chand who was injured in army operation, during the ‘Vijay Diwas’ celebrations in Drass on Thursday.(ANI Photo)

Army chief Rawat fights misuse of disability pension

New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 08:42 AM IST
As a young company commander in the Uri sector, Gen Rawat had his ankle smashed by a huge boulder. Then, as Commander of III Corps, he dislocated his vertebra. He wears a wound medal on his chest, but has no intention of either taking disability pension or the accompanying tax benefits.
The army’s explanation of why taxing the disability pension was necessary came after finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s office on Tuesday tweeted a letter that said unscrupulous personnel gained from disability benefits. (ANI file photo)
The army’s explanation of why taxing the disability pension was necessary came after finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s office on Tuesday tweeted a letter that said unscrupulous personnel gained from disability benefits. (ANI file photo)

Row after Army says disability pension to be taxed to stop exploitation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 11:51 AM IST
A medical downgrade entitles a soldier to better retirement benefits. On average for the same rank, a disability pension can be 20 to 50% more than a normal one, plus tax exemption.
Disability pension and the pension soldiers, who have served their full tenure with the three services of the armed forces, get will no longer be exempt from income tax (AP Photo)
Disability pension and the pension soldiers, who have served their full tenure with the three services of the armed forces, get will no longer be exempt from income tax (AP Photo)

Pension with disability benefits for soldiers who served full term to be taxed

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 05:03 PM IST
Granting such income tax exemptions date back to 1922 and were among the incentives the British offered to make military services lucrative for Indians.
Disability pension and the pension soldiers who have served their full tenure with the three services - Indian Navy, Army, Air Force - will no longer be exempt from income tax, according to a recent notification of the Finance Ministry.
Disability pension and the pension soldiers who have served their full tenure with the three services - Indian Navy, Army, Air Force - will no longer be exempt from income tax, according to a recent notification of the Finance Ministry.

Disability pension no longer tax free for soldiers who serve full tenure

New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 11:25 PM IST
Currently, both the disability pension and pension of soldiers are exempt from income tax.
Ganeshi Bai, who said she had never missed voting since the 1960s, came to booth number 110 on Sohna Road taking support of a walker.(HT Photo)
Ganeshi Bai, who said she had never missed voting since the 1960s, came to booth number 110 on Sohna Road taking support of a walker.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Scores of elderly, differently abled voters come out to make voices heard

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 08:21 AM IST
Sarijna was among the several differently abled voters who came out in the scorching heat to vote and make their voices hear.
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday warned soldiers who falsely call themselves ‘disabled’ and make their disability a way to earn extra money, through disability pension.(Rahul Raut/HT File PHOTO)
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday warned soldiers who falsely call themselves ‘disabled’ and make their disability a way to earn extra money, through disability pension.(Rahul Raut/HT File PHOTO)

Army chief warns soldiers who fake disability to earn extra pension

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shivani S
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2018 05:20 PM IST
General Bipin Rawat said that people should not consider the Indian Army just an employment opportunity. “People should remove this misconception, if you want to join the Indian Army then you have to be mentally and physically strong, you need to have strong will power and the strength to face difficult situations and find a way when there is none, only then can you truly be called an Indian Army jawan.”
(Representational image)
(Representational image)

Three arrested in social security pension scam

Shruti Tomar and Punya Priya Mitra, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2018 09:19 PM IST
Officials of cyber cell, Bhopal, said they have zeroed in on four persons, all of them from Rewa. Three have been arrested, while the fourth accused, the person who arranged for the data, is still absconding.
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