Nov 07, 2016

Govt agrees to pay pension to war heroes

The government today agreed to pay a pension for war heroes who delisted on grounds of disability.

Army Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne has told the media that the Cabinet had decided to solve the problem following President Maithripala Sirisena’s intervention.

“Steps have been taken to allocate a provision in the Budget for 2017 for the payment relevant pension and to pay from 2007 on the instruction of President,” he has told the media.

Accordingly, the pension salary would be paid to disabled war heroes from February next year, in addition to salary and allowances, and the disability allowance, now they were being paid.

Soldiers who voluntarily delisted from the army, before their 12 year service period ended, due to their disability have been demanding for a pension since 2008.