The national insurance number is a number used in the UK in the administration of National Insurance or social Security System. The number is also utilized for some purpose in the UK tax system. The National Insurance Number ensures that your tax contributions are recorded against your name only. The number is sometimes described as ‘Personal Account Number’.
The National Insurance is a platform whereby people make payments towards benefits. The payments are referred to as national Insurance Contributions. If you meet a certain National Insurance Conditions, then you become a beneficiary of several benefits available in the National Insurance.
Going by the above explanation of the National Insurance Number and its benefits, we find that everyone should have a privilege of enjoying all the mentioned benefits. But, this was not the case with the Gurkhas. They were given just temporary insurance numbers. Worst still the numbers were in the format TN0032934M that never existed. Since the numbers sometimes were used to trace the personal details of individuals, it became difficult to trace the contributions made by the Gurkhas or any personal details.
The exploitation continued for quite some time. The gurkahs had to serve for 15-28 years. This implies that all the contribution each member made in this period all vanished in the thin air. The HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that administered National Insurance could not trace any contribution by the Gurkhas. Therefore, denying the Gurkhas the privilege to enjoy the National Insurance benefits.
Due to this, the Gurkhas were not in the position to enjoy the tax credits, insurance benefits and the ability to start a new job. This was contrary to the commonwealth soldiers who enjoyed all these benefits. The Gurkhas were kept in the dark and they could not get their full state pension like their British soldiers counterparts.