New Delhi, May 3: Union Cabinet approved the disability pension for defence pensioners on Wednesday. The decision was taken on basis of the recommendation of National Anomaly Committee, which had held several rounds of talks with the delegation representing the ex-servicemen. Cabinet has decided to retain percentage based disability slabs for defence forces, which was not recommended by the 7th Pay Commission reported submitted by Justice (retd) AK Mathur led panel.

“The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system,” the PIB release said. The additional cost to the exchequer has been pegged as Rs 130 crore.

Reacting to the decision taken by government, Former Military Reservist Navdeep Singh said the retention of percentage based disability pension would come as a major relief to the ex-servicemen. “As we all know, the 7th Central Pay Commission, based on imaginative and perversive criterion, slashed the the disability pension of defence services as compared to their civilian counterparts,” he said, further adding, “Today’s Cabinet decision vindicates our stand and all those who supported us in this endeavour.”

Navdeep, who is part of the delegation negotiating over pay commission anomalies related to defence personnel, attributed former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for the timely resolution of the anomaly pertaining to disability allowances. “I can today disclose with full humility, that the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar fully understood our issue and made all efforts to resolve it,” he added.

Although the disability pension has been approved for defence personnel, the anomalies related to allowances are yet to be resolved. “(They) are also expected to be resolved to an extent within the next few weeks,”  Navdeep said.