Less than two months after the Supreme Court dismissed more than 800 appeals filed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) against giving benefits to disabled and war disabled soldiers, the orders of the MoD implementing the judgment has created a furore in the veterans’ community.
War veterans see it as “wilful disregard of the SC’s orders” and have demanded an enquiry into whether the officers concerned had briefed the Defence Minister of the full facts or had taken his signatures on file by misguiding him.
On January 27, quoting the December 10 judgment, an under secretary in the Department of Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare issued a letter stating: “The Raksha Mantri has approved implementation of the order prospectively from 1st January 2015, except for PMR/VR cases. Accordingly absolute sanction may be issued…”
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Demanding withdrawal of the letter for incorrectly stating that the benefits will apply prospectively from January 2015 instead of the correct date of January 1996, or date of retirement, the All India Ex-servicemen Welfare Association has issued a contempt notice to the Defence secretary and Secretary Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare.