The Gurkhas were paid almost ten times less than their British Soldiers counterparts whereby they were made to work as much. This was unfair considering that they were sent home on 6months leave once per three years. They were paid basic Indian rate for the leave they earned working on a foreign country.
Their family separation salaries were relatively less compared to that of British counterparts. The MOD has saved millions by denying the Gurkhas their rightful salaries and allowances. They require to be given the money that once belonged to them.
Nepalese warriors were being treated as “third-class soldiers because they were cheated on pension compensation. This is unfair considering the sacrifice they made and the number of them who died in the war.
A Gurkha was paid NPR 36000/= a month. The amount is equivalent to 266 Euros; this is relatively less in comparison with their British counterparts and the difficult work that was given to them. Furthermore, the exchange rate was a bit higher so very little amount reached the pockets of the Gurkhas.
However, when Britain left Hong Kong in 1997 the traditional base for the brigade of Gurkhas was moved to southern Britain and their pay increased to match that of British soldiers.
But during leave periods in their home country of Nepal, Gurkhas are paid the equivalent of 5% of their salary. Gurkhas retire after a maximum of 17 years of service with a pension of £91 a month. British privates serve 22 years for a pension of £623 a month. This huge difference in the pension needs to be addressed.
Finally, this is another important issue that needs to be addressed immediately by the UK Government. Gurkhas were paid extremely low pay rates and allowances during their service compared to the Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army.