THE PENSION SANCTIONED ARE DIFFERENT
A DISCRIMINATION DUE TO DATE OF DEATH.
LIBERALISED FAMILYPENSION (LFP)
In case of death of an Armed Forces Personnel under the circumstances attributed by service, the eligible member of the family shall be entitled to Liberalised Family Pension equal to reckonable emoluments last drawn, both for officers and PBOR. Liberalised Family Pension at this rate shall be admissible to the widow in the case of officer and to the nominated heir in the case of PBOR until death or disqualification.
If the Armed Forces Personnel is not survived by widow but is survived by child/children only, all children together shall be eligible for Liberalised Family Pension at the rate equal to 60% reckonable emoluments. Liberalised family pension shall be payable to the child/children for the period during which they would have been eligible as in the case of Special Family Pension. The Liberalised Family Pension shall be paid to the senior most eligible child at a time. On his/her death/disqualification it will pass on to next eligible child.
Families of SSCOs and ECOs who die under circumstances attributed by service, shall also be entitled to Liberalised Family Pension.
The death due to Category ‘D’ and ‘E’ for which the Liberalised family pension is paid are very common nowadays. But the widows of Sepoys who died prior to 01.01.06 are paid Liberalised Family Pension of Rs.7006/ whereas the widows of the Sepoys who died after 01.01.06 are paid Liberalised Family Pension of Rs.10,600/-.(As per the latest MOD letters stated below)
The MOD letter No.16(6)/2008(1)/D (Pension/Policy) dated 4th May 2009 for pre 01.01.06 pensioners and letter No.16(6)/2008(2)/D (Pension/Policy) dated 4th May 2009 for post 01.01.2006 recommends different rates of Liberalised Family Pensionary benefits for the same cause of death attributed by service.
This is a great injustice. Two Sepoys die for the same cause (Protecting the mother land) one widow is paid higher pension and the other is paid less pension just because one Sepoy died one day before 01.01.2006. This is against the spirit of the Supreme Court Judgment & natural justice. Will the MOD deliver justice to these widows ?