New Delhi: The news of ABP News has had a big impact. The Department of Military Affairs (DMA) has proposed to give ex-servicemen status to Divyang-cadets. Under this proposal, disabled cadets can be given the pension of a lieutenant rank officer.
Apart from this, medical facilities available to ex-servicemen can also be available. The Ex-Servicemen Welfare Department of the Ministry of Defense is considering this proposal of the DMA Department under CDS, General Bipin Rawat.
Difficulty in getting government jobs due to non-availability of ex-servicemen status
In fact, on June 30, ABP News in its special coverage (‘Motherbhoomi’) showed the neglect and discrimination being done by the army and government of disabled ie Divyang-cadets. During the coverage, ABP News had shown that cadets seriously injured during training in military institutions like National Defense Academy (NDA), Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA) are currently being ‘board-out’ on medical grounds. is thrown out.
Neither the injured cadets are treated in any army hospital nor are they given the status of ex-servicemen. Due to not getting the status of ex-servicemen, these disabled-cadets (Officer-cadets) also face special problems in getting government jobs. For a long time, these Divyang-cadets have been pleading for justice.
While Divyang-cadets i.e. officers are not given the status of ex-servicemen on board-out, while ‘recruitment’ i.e. soldiers were given the status of ex-servicemen if they were disabled during training. Ex-servicemen have reservation in government jobs.
On retirement, pension is equal to about half of the salary.
Sources told ABP News that the proposal for grant of ex-servicemen status to the disabled cadets has been sent to the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Department as well as the Finance Department of the Defense Ministry to assess the financial burden on the government. To be. If sources are to be believed, the salary of an army lieutenant is about 56 thousand and on retirement gets a pension equal to half.
According to the Ministry of Defense i.e. government figures, there are about 450 such differently-abled cadets since 1985. That is, every year about 8-10 cadets are boarded out in different academies of the army due to being disabled. It is not that no first care was taken about these Divyang-cadets. In the year 2015, the then Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar formed a committee under the leadership of Lieutenant General Mukesh Saberwal.
Disabled cadets started seeing the ray of justice
The committee had clearly said in its report that disabled cadets can be given the status of ex-servicemen. Even the JAG (JAG) i.e. Judge-Advocate General Branch of the Army is in favor of giving them the status of ex-servicemen. Despite this, the Ministry of Defense does not want to give the status of ex-servicemen to these 448 cadets. By not doing so, these differently-abled cadets suffer more from the pain of discrimination than the injury received during army training.
Divyang cadets also believe that when they clear exams like UPSC and SSB, they go to NDA and IMA to become Grade-A officers. But after being disabled, they are given ex-gratia stipend equal to Group D employees. Which is totally discriminatory against them. In such a situation, if the army cannot take them, then a desk-job can be given in the Defense-Estate or any other civil-defense department under the Ministry of Defense. At the same time, with the coverage of ABP News and the initiative of CDS General Bipin Rawat, the disabled cadets have started seeing a ray of justice.
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