New Delhi (Sputnik): Veteran Indian Army personnel have expressed displeasure over curbs imposed by the government on purchasing tax-free vehicles from the state-run Canteen Stores Department (CSD) as part of its initiative to curb expenditures. Until recently, there was no limit on the capacity or price of vehicles that could be purchased through the CSD.
A letter addressed to the Government of India by the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement reads that with the current financial status, earnings, and aspirations, officers looked to purchase much costlier things than what the government is offering.
"Defence Personnel feel that they are being degraded, downgraded and ill-treated as compared even to the para military forces in their socio-economic status…Implementation of new policy will adversely affect the morale of defence personnel as well as their efficiency since you are withdrawing the facility already granted to then", the group said in its letter.
Stupid amendment. Reason inflated budget. All ranks deposit costs before release orders. Revenue receipts not appropriately accounted. Following archaic budgetary rules. No vision & intelligence reflected by QMG & MOD. Reconsideration called for.— Brig. Jay Kaul (@Jaykaul) May 27, 2019
Several veterans have expressed their displeasure through social media as well, saying that the "decision does not appear logical".
It does not appear logical. CSD is under the MoD, though in the armed forces controlled by AGs branch. All money into the CSD goes into the consolidated fund of India, not CSD funds. It has a budget.Hence, there has to be some govt action behind this. Time will clear the reality— Maj Gen Harsha Kakar (@kakar_harsha) May 26, 2019
While d Nationalist Govt prepares 2take oath once again, here is d latest gift from @adgpi Chief 2ppl in Olive Greens👇— Punam Indian (@PunamIndian) May 26, 2019
— No veh from CSD above 2500cc or Rs 12 Lacs
— After 8 yrs for Offrs & only once in Service for others
— Same entitlements given 2non-combats of MoD pic.twitter.com/IlL4yLz0U6
Army personnel have been complaining about the treatment they have received by the civilian-led administration in the Indian Defence Ministry, as data compiled by the soldiers indicate that from 2014 to 2017, the ministry filed 800 appeals in the Supreme Court of India against army tribunal rulings in favour of disabled soldiers.
Veterans have also complained about the distribution of pensions to them.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of India asked the government to seriously consider the concerns raised by retired army personnel about the One Rank One Pension.