Additional Defence Secretary Sunil S. Sirisena
last week said that parents of security forces personnel who
have laid down their lives for country’s defence will receive
25% of the pension and other allowances will be paid to their
This will be effective from 21 November 2007
Sirisena said. Parents of bachelors who died in action received
the full pensions and other allowances.
The parents hitherto receive only a part of the
compensation that the wives of the forces personnel were
entitled to (Rs. 50,000) and that only if their monthly income
was less than Rs. 2,000 he said. "If the widows of forces
personnel killed in the war wish to re-marry they are entitled
to 10 years pension as a lump sum", he said.
These decisions were taken on the
recommendations made by Committee comprising the Tri Services
Chiefs, representatives from the Public Administration and Home
Affairs Ministry and the Finance and Policy Planning Ministry he
Sirisena also said that there was confusion as a
result of an oversight where the widows of the fallen soldiers
have been paid 25% less than what is due to them as pension but
this mistake has been rectified and they receive the next months
pension with arrears.