The e-area is abuzz with reviews and interpretations of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) round of June 24 at the modern-day ruling on taxation of incapacity pension to the militia personnel. The furor it has created within the navy and veteran circles is not something that the prudent must ignore or relegate as heritage chatter.

The circular in query refers to the Income Tax Act 1922 and notification variety 878-F of March 1922, amongst other sections and instructions issued sometimes. The missive clarifies that income tax exemption could be had to all militia employees (irrespective of rank) who have been invalided by such provider resulting from a bodily disability attributable or annoyed by using such provider.

In the remaining paragraph, the letter drops the bombshell by stating that such tax exemption could be relevant handiest to the one’s personnel who’ve been invalided out of carrier because of bodily incapacity on account of or irritated with the aid of such service and no longer to employees who’ve been retired on superannuation or otherwise.


All recognize the rigors of the navy carrier. There’s no questioning the acute situations of service that achieve in diverse sides and regions in which employees are deployed inside the defense of u. S. The very truth that the law caters for disability is evidence of the popularity of the need to compensate a serviceman or lady for the physical incapacity attributable or aggravated with the aid of their service.

The brand new round now intends to clarify the applicability of taxes at the incapacity pension and, in impact, creates one-of-a-kind training of incapacity for the reason of taxation. A few at a look are:

First, the incapacity reasons a soldier to be invalided out of carrier because the disability turned into so severe that they could not serve within the forces.

Second, the incapacity this is brought about because of the carrier, but the person cannot serve (albeit underneath regulations because of scientific motives) in what is called a ‘clinical class’ in Army parlance. The 1/3 magnificence now formed is that of this person who had an attributable or annoyed disability and chose to leave the carrier in advance.

The now-shaped third elegance of disabled foot soldiers, in all opportunity, may have opted out of carrier due to the constrained terms of providing the medical class presented them or merely out of soldierly pleasure now not permitting themselves recognition of any concessions when they anticipate the troops they command to adopt all tribulations.

Their disability is no measure much less attributable as, for example, the case of a soldier deployed in the icy heights of Siachen who suffers from pulmonary edema and is downgraded to a clinical category that does not allow him to serve in severe regions thereafter — he has a choice to stay a medical category for all of his carrier and sense like a ‘2d grade’ soldier for no fault of his or to go away carrier honorably.

These squaddies are not much less deserving of disability pension, and taxing it now may want ramifications on threat-taking selections by using foot soldiers. There is a need via the authorities to take a look at the larger photograph. However, it’s far the second category now created with the aid of the circular that has the navy fraternity up in indignation. The defense force appears after their own, particularly their incapacitated heroes due to operations or even in peacetime carrier.

The case of an automobile mechanic who lost his limb because of an automobile toppling on him while he turned into repairing it’s far no less attributable than that of a soldier who receives shot through the enemy or terrorist and is called a ‘Battle Casualty.’ These people are taken into consideration on a case-to-case basis and approved to serve their full tenure. It is a matter of satisfaction that some of such heroes have risen to pinnacle ranks and are held in deep regard by the navy fraternity.

The new condition set out within the circular reputedly denies the exemption of tax to the disability pension of those infantrymen. The case of General Ian Cardozo, who self-amputated his leg for the duration of the 1971 operations, is a sterling example of uncooked courage by an officer who served with splendid pleasure and who’s a hero to these days. But the Indian government now will tax his sacrifice.

How prudent is this healing of tax from the incapacity pension of a person who in no way thought about severing his own limb for the safety of the united states? His phrases ‘There isn’t always apathy from the bureaucratic circles but antipathy’ reverberate profoundly among the army circles and will find resonance in many a self-respecting patriotic Indian.

The average citizen needs to be aware of the ever-increasing animosity being generated through reputedly harmless steps initiated with the aid of the authorities. The latest information of the authorities in search of resignations of commanders of army bases that had been attacked with the aid of terrorists has been reportedly identified as a selective leak from the ministry as the recommendation to this effect turned into in advance too resisted and disposed of by the defense force. Was the leak supposed to rake up the issue afresh with the brand new Defence Minister?