Gurkha veterans battling for better pensions despite Government top-up

Gurkha veterans battling for better pensions despite Government top-up

Sheila Limbu, of SSAFA, the armed forces charity, said more could be done to help Gurkha veterans and their families, but that “every step made is a positive one”.

The move does not bring pensions for older retired Gurkhas up to the level of equivalent British soldiers.

Retired major Tikendra Dal Dewan, of the British Gurkha Welfare Society (BGWS), said: “They made it sound like they have done a grand, magnanimous gesture by increasing it but that is not true.

“We never got equal terms and pay, and we are not even bothered about that. What we are seeking is justice for our pensions, getting equal to what the British get, according to the service rendered.” 

Mr Dewan served 31 years in the Gurkhas but his pension only reflects 12 of those years.

Mr Dewan will now take the matter to MPs.

The BGWS has already taken the issue to the European Court of Human Rights, which rejected it in 2016. 

 

 

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