Thursday, December 13, 2012

Defence Ministry extends some Disability Benefits under Section 47 PWD Act

Dear Colleagues,

New Delhi, 12.12.2012

Please refer to my earlier post titled Non-discrimination, UNCRPD and Disabled Soldiers in India dated 15 Nov 2012. 

Hon'ble Defence Minister Mr. AK Antony, who has been known to be a very sincere Minister of UPA government,  has given following written reply in Lok Sabha today regarding Disabilty benefits to Defence Personnel on a question raised by Sh. PC Gaddigoudarin, 

"Armed Forces personnel who are retained in service despite the disability held attributable to or aggravated by military service are entitled to lumpsum compensation of disability / war injury element at the time of disability. Those who do not opt for the retention are entitled to disability pension / war injury pension on retirement / discharge. No disability pension / war injury pension is admissible on retirement / discharge once the lumpsum compensation has been obtained by the personnel. The primary factor for awarding disability benefit to disabled personnel is the establishment of a causal connection between disablement and military service by the Competent Authority. Accidents during the journey from duty station to leave station and vice-versa are also generally considered attributable to military service."

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