Government fighting its own disabled soldiers over pension claims

After a long wait of over four decades, the pension of Vasa Veera Bhadrudu, who served the Madras Engineers, was released by the Ministry of Defence earlier this month.This was possible only after the direct intervention of the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman herself. But there are more than a thousand similar cases of soldiers pending in different courts who are still fighting their own government for the disability pension.
A recent RTI revelation has added an insult to injury. The government is spending crores on fighting legal battles. In 2014, the BJP in its manifesto had promised to minimize appeals against Armed Forces Tribunal verdicts. A promise it never kept.

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