Exemption on disability pension

Armed forces personnel up in arms over tax on disability pension

Print edition : August 16, 2019

War-disabled retired army personnel ahead of participating in Mumbai Marathon 2018 outside Sainik Institute in Colaba on January 20, 2018. Photo: Emmanual Yogini

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. She said in Parliament that the decision was taken in consultation with the Army headquarters, which had pointed out exploitation of the concession by unscrupulous elements. Photo: Kamal Narang

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Drass on July 20. He said his ministry would ensure that no genuine soldier drawing disability pension was inconvenienced and that he would “look into the matter and review the CBDT order”. But the order has not yet been withdrawn. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

The government’s decision to tax disability pension of armed forces personnel who remained in service until retirement has invited strong protests.
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