7th Pay Commission Latest News: As Lok Sabha elections are around the corner, Narendra Modi-led Union government has reportedly agreed to the demands of armed forces personnel who have been demanding for hike in minimum disability or war injury pension beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

If reports are to be believed, the defence ministry has decided that Rs 18,000 per month would be the pension for disability or war injury pension for armed forces personnel.

“With approval from Smt @nsitharaman, it has been decided that the disability/war injury pension, special family pension and liberalised family pension shall be minimum Rs 18,000 per month for Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners, with effect from 1/1/2016,” the Defence Ministry said in a tweet.

In July 2018, the Defence Ministry had said armed forces personnel would continue to get disability pension based on percentage system till the Anomaly Committee came out with a report on the issue.

There was widespread criticism from opposition parties and the military establishment over a letter issued prior to that which had introduced a slab-based system, as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission, for determining the disability pension for defence forces.