Thursday, July 18, 2024

The President needs to establish a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to address grievances of Military Veterans

There is a lot of talk in social media and mainstream media about what the president has said regarding fixing the pensions of military veterans. In last week’s instalment I spoke about the need to get the whole issue negotiated particularly the matter on pensions.

We are all in agreement as military veterans that pensions were erroneously transferred from the old government pension scheme to BPOPF. This transfer affects all soldiers that were in service between January 1998 and April 2001.

BDF soldiers who were ruled under the BDF Act all their lives were all of sudden transferred to a new scheme under DPSM rules. Soldiers have gone to court to argue that their Net Replacement Ration should be made 73% as enjoyed by other civil servants instead of the current 25% they have been awarded.

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