Families Of Troops Killed On China Front Receive Less Benefits Than Those On Pak Front

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| October 8 , 2017 , 08:11 IST

Even as Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshall B S Dhanoa profess that the armed forces are ready for a two-front war, with Pakistan and China respectively, sadly the families of troops killed on the Pakistan and China front receive unequal benefits.

The families of Army soldiers who die while performing operational duties or even accidents on the western front with Pakistan receive 'liberalised' family pensions equivalent 100 percent to the last-drawn pay of the soldier, and also get an 'enhanced' ex-gratia of Rs 35 lakh.

In comparison, families of soldiers who die at the eastern front with China receive 60 percent of the last drawn pay of the solider as pension and an ex-gratia of Rs 35 lakh.  

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Although violence takes place increasingly frequently at the Pakistan front with ceasefire violations, infiltration attempts and militant activity, the China front is marked with hostile high-altitude regions, which remain tense since the disengagement of troops of the Doklam-standoff.

Indian troops are currently deployed along 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the China border, which reaches from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. Similarly, troops are posted along the 778-km Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and on the 198-km international border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.

For decades the Army has been battling for the rectification of this 'continuing injustice'but has not received much success, even when tensions increased on the China front.

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"Families of soldiers who have laid down their lives in the line of duty, whether due to cross-border firings or accidents and avalanches, should not be treated differently. But the families of soldiers on the LAC get less benefits as compared to those on LoC and IB," a senior official said.

Meanwhile, the defence ministry has reportedly rejected calls for equal compensation for families of soldiers killed while on duty saying that the LAC was not "a live border with a war-like situation" like the LoC.