Last month, during a debate, Republic TV’s Consulting Editor for Strategic Affairs, Major Gaurav Arya claimed that the then Indian government stopped Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s pension and he was given his pension only at his deathbed. However, news portal The Quint debunked Major Arya’s claim.
As per the third Central Pay Commission (CPC) which was implemented in 1973, pensions of defence personnel were increased. The Fourth CPC (1986) then recommended that pensions of all central government employees including defence forces should be fixed at 50 percent of the last withdrawn salary. Remembering Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw on 12th Death Anniversary With His Memorable Quotes.
Major Gaurav Arya’s Claim:
#VeteransSlamCong | Let’s speak about 1971 war, there is no doubt that was the Indian Army’s greatest victory and Indira Gandhi was the PM. But what happened after? The Army’s pensions were slashed: @majorgauravarya – Consulting Editor, Strategic Affairshttps://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/Od0v2z3oNS
— Republic (@republic) June 10, 2020
The Quint also reported that FM Manekshaw’s pension was never withheld. In 2007, the government decided that surviving Marshals should receive full salary equivalent to that of service chiefs. In the same year, FM Manekshaw was given arrears including his pay and other benefits which were due as Marshal-rank officer never retires.
FM Manekshaw’s daughter Maja Daruwala, told The Quint, “he was paid a pension “but since a field marshal never retires, his full pay and benefits were due, and this was given to him after President Abdul Kalam’s intervention.”
Tweet by Advocate And Major Navdeep Singh:
Both the following statements are incorrect & a figment of imagination depending upon the political leanings of the person making them:
1. That Govt under Ms Gandhi slashed military pensions.
2. That Govt under Mr Modi did not enhance military pensions.https://t.co/7lbkk2JGRH
— Navdeep Singh (@SinghNavdeep) June 11, 2020
As per a PTI report, the defence ministry in a statement in 2007 said that FM Manekshaw and Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh would be entitled to “full salary and allowances equivalent to that for serving chiefs of the two services. After this announcement, FM Manekshaw received a cheque of over Rs 1.16 crore, dating from 1 January 1973. The then Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt handed over the cheque.