he Army has endorsed the government's decision to tax the disability pension given
to armed forces personnel disabled in the line of duty.
In a series of tweets, the Army said over the years broad-banding and compensation
awarded for disability with income tax exemption has led to rise in personnel seeking awarded for disability with income tax exemption has led to rise in personnel seeking
disability, even for life style diseases.
The trend is worrisome when the security challenges to the nation are on the rise, it said.
"Indian Army is concerned for all personnel who are invalidated out of service in combat
conditions or otherwise, and need additional support and discourages those who seek
financial gains through their disabilities," it added.
Armed forces personnel get separate pension if they suffer any kind of disability in the
line of duty. The amount depends on their rank and the kind of disability.
The Army's reaction came hours after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's office
tweeted a letter, saying unscrupulous personnel have gained from disbility benefits
provided by the government to disabled soldiers.
"The Army is concerned about all the personnel who because of their disability are
boarded out of service and therefore need additional financial support. Any soldier with
disabilities that are due to combat conditions or otherwise, need to be cared for.
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