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If the Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is entitled to a lifetime pension and other benefits then why are soldiers disabled in the line of duty not entitled to such benefits, the National Movement for the Protection of War Heroes asked.

The disabled soldiers staged a protest opposite the presidential secretariat to urge the government to pay them a pension and said they had been neglected despite the sacrifices they made to safeguard Sri Lanka's sovereignty and integrity during a three-decade armed conflict.

Convener Nishantha Pradeep Kumara said the war was won at a huge cost with some 27,000 soldiers dead, 2,000 gone missing and may more injured. Victory was gained not by Mr. Fonseka alone but by way of a collective effort.

He said the government was duty-bound to ensure a better live for for disabled war heroes.(Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  • VKW Friday, 26 May 2017 05:51 PM

    The Forces put their hard work behind and now we are enjoying the peace. Absolutely it was a collective effort to win the war. Really sad that the disabled soldiers are not getting their benefits.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 27 May 2017 12:03 PM

    Field Marshall Fonseka doesn't need to be brought into this discussion as he is 66 years old, retired from the army and entitled to a pension like any other retired government servant.As for disabled soldiers, I have been informed that disabled soldiers who have been declared unfit for further active service by a competent medical board but are able to perform light duties in the forces are deployed in suitable positions and continue to receive their salaries. Once they reach retirement age they will be paid a pension. Seriously disabled soldiers who have been declared unfit for any kind of further service by a medical board are honourably discharged and are paid a monthly pension although they have not reached retirement age. Those who have not appeared before such a medical board but have simply gone away are naturally not paid a pension.

    Lion Saturday, 27 May 2017 12:44 PM

    This is usual thing happening in all 3rd world countries. there is no equal benefit for all in this country. If you want them prey for rebirth in good country. via DM Android App


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