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Disability Benefits: Modi Government Refuses To Withdraw Appeals Against Army Men

The BJP has broken its 2014 Lok Sabha poll promise of reducing litigation.

Rubbing salt into the wound of disabled ex-servicemen embroiled in legal battles over disability benefits, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated in Parliament in March that it would not withdraw appeals pending before the Supreme Court. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has broken its 2014 Lok Sabha poll promise of reducing litigation and even refused to adhere to the recommendations of an expert committee appointed by former defence minister Manohar Parrikar to study the issue.

“The Ministry of Defence do not propose to withdraw such pending appeals in the Supreme Court….It is the considered view of the ministry to await the orders of the Court in Civil Appeals filed in ‘NANA’ cases,” Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre, said in the Rajya Sabha while replying to a question by MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

A retired Army major has drawn the attention of Sitharaman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and the Prime Minister’s Office to the matter:

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