The Defence Ministry says that an appropriate common scheme for providing pensions for disabled war heroes of the three armed forces and the police will be presented within a week.
In a communiqué the Defence Ministry issued, it is stated that this decision was taken at a discussion held yesterday between the Finance Secretary, Defence Secretary, Pensions Director General, Army Commander, and Navy, Air Force and Defence representatives.
The solution to the problem that has cropped up in providing pension to personnel who have not completed a 10-year service in the army and other positions that do not have a service term of 12 years and police personnel who have not completed a 10-year service, is scheduled to be presented to the cabinet.
The cabinet paper will be prepared after the Defence Ministry holds discussion with the Pension Department subsequent to obtaining the relevant report.
The Defence Ministry has also decided to award pensions to war heroes wounded in action from completion of 55-years of age even until death as well as to pay the salary arrears to the members of the three armed forces who having become debilitated due to terrorist actions have got retired or resigned without receiving benefits.
A group of disabled war heroes staged a protest campaign the whole of yesterday in front of the Colombo Fort railway station charging that they don’t receive the pension due to them.