Retired short-service commission officers won’t get medical benefits: Defence Ministry

After going back on the ‘One Rank-One Pension’ promise made to Army veterans by Narendra Modi before 2014 elections, the Central government seems to be backing out of its promise to provide short-service commission officers with post-retirement medical benefits. According to a report in the Economic Times.

The defence ministry stated that it could not provide the post retirement benefits due to “stressed” resources.According to a letter from the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, which falls under the defence ministry, it was made very clear that the Central government would not help the SSC officers with any medical facilities, according to the ET report.

The letter, dated November 14, stated that because short service officers were not pensioners they were not eligible for such schemes. If any changes were made then it would allow other non-pensioners to demand Employees Contributory  Health Services (ECHS). Read More

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