Defence Pensioners

War Injury Pension

War Injury Pension consists of the following two elements

  • Service Element
  • War Injury Element
  • War Injury Pension on invalidment
  • War Injury Pension after discharge/retirement on retention in service

War Injury Pension on Invalidment

  1.  It is equal to service pension to which he/she would have been entitled on the basis of his/her pay on the date of invalidment i.e. 50% of last drawn.
  2.  It will be equal to reckonable emoluments last drawn for 100% disablement. However, in no case the aggregate of Service Element and War Injury Element should exceed the last pay drawn. However this cap has been removed wef 01.07.2009. For lower percentage of disablement, War Injury Element shall be proportionately reduced
If an individual is invalided out of service War Injury Element will be computed as under: -
Percentage of Disability as assessed by Invaliding Medical BoardPercentage to be reckoned for computing War Injury Element
Less than 5050
Between 50 and 7575
Between 76 and 100100

War Injury Pension on Retention in Service

Those who are retained in service despite the disability due to War Injury sustained under the above circumstances and retire subsequently will have as option as follows to be exercised within a period as prescribed by the Govt. from time to time: -
  1. To draw lump-sum compensation on lieu of War Injury Element foregoing War Injury Element at the time of subsequent discharge; or
  2. To draw War Injury Element at the time of discharge in addition to service pension admissible, foregoing lump-sum compensation

Lump-sum compensation in lieu of War Injury Element

If a service personnel in found to have a disability which is sustained in circumstances mentioned above which is assessed at 20% or more for life but the individual in retained in service despite such disability and opts for lump-sum compensation he shall be paid the lump-sum compensation in lieu of War Injury Element. The rates for calculation of lump-sum compensation in lieu of War Injury Element, equal to capitalized value of WIE. Once the compensation is paid inlieu of WIE, there shall be no further Entitlement to the WIE for the same disability after his discharge.

War Injury Element on subsequent Retirement

If an individual is retained in service despite injury/disability under the above circumstances and does not opt for lump-sum compensation in lieu of War Injury Element, he/she shall be entitled to the payment of War Injury Element on a monthly basis at the above rates as the case may be on subsequent discharge on completion of term of engagement. 
For disabilities less than 100% but not less than 20% the above rates shall be proportionately reduced. No War Injury Element shall be payable for the disabilities less than 20%, For computing War Injury Element actual percentage actually assessed by the approved RMB/IMA taken into account. Rounding off percentage benefit as applicable in invalidment cases will not be admissible. 
In addition to War Injury Element service/retiring pension will be admissible with reference to rank, group, and qualifying service.

Special Pension to Blind Soldiers

An ex-servicemen who is precluded from earning his lively hood on account of total or partial blindness caused as a result of his army service is awarded n merits a special pension @ Rs. 500/- p.m. This is in addition his normal Disability Pension. 
Sanction for grant of Special Pension in each case in accorded by the Ministry on report of record officer through Pr.CDA(P) Allahabad. Based on the above sanction special pension is notified through PPO by Pr. CDA (P) Allahabad. The rate of special pension of Rs. 50/- p.m. has since been revised to Rs. 500/- p.m. w.e.f. 01.10.2001 vide Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 12 SB(8)/52-2001/958/D(Res) dated 16.11.2001. 
A special pension to blind soldier is admissible who is precluded from earning his livelihood on account of total or partial blindness caused as a result of his military service subject to fulfillment of the following conditions:-
  1. the individual has been invalided out of service on account of total or partial blindness.
  2. he is not already in receipt of special pension due to blindness.
  3. he is in receipt of disability pension
  4. the blindness is accepted as attributable to military service and is assessed at 40% and above.
  5. he is not gainfully employed