Gurkha benefits ought to be generously raised to make it proportionate to that of the Commonwealth nationals in the British Army. A Gurkha MAJOR who has served for a long time gets less benefit than a Commonwealth national who has finished 22 years of administration to say the least.
Although considered an integral part of the British Army, Gurkhas have been governed by different sets of inferior rules and regulations specifically designed for the Brigade of Gurkhas:
(1) Gurkha Pay and Pension Manual (GPPM) for inferior pay pension and allowances.
(2) Brigade of Gurkhas Standing Instructions (BGSI) for inferior accommodations, allowances and benefits (one classic example of HQBG’s discriminatory rule is the unfair dismissal of men with nearly 14 years of service without pension and compensation allegedly implicated in Married Unaccompanied Gurkha Addition (MUGA) case.
(3) Brigade of Gurkhas Manning and Record Office Instructions (BGMROI) for an alien service structures, ranks and promotions that is not found either in the Indian or the British Army.
Gurkha Offer to Transfer (GOTT) (AFPS 1975)
GOTT was meant to provide better pension for Gurkhas but several cases have emerged where Gurkhas are receiving less than their GPS Pension. The system is so flawed that even some officers get less pension than soldiers. This shows that the GOTT policy needs an urgent overhaul! As a result of the GOTT, the Gurkhas’ overseas service has been nullified without proper justification.
Condoned service to Gurkhas at the time of redundancy is being deducted when transferred to the AFPS 75. They are also asked to pay back the commutation of pension. We feel this is illegal and discriminatory. We have been advised by a London barrister that “As per Article 1, 1st Protocol dated 20th March 1952 to the ECHR, that the condoned service or commutation given in respect of the pension enjoyed by servicemen constitutes “pensionable property and the deprivation of this “pensionable property” amounts to a breach of the law”
The Gurkha Pension Warrant of 1949 states that Gurkha service is to be counted 1:1 for pension purpose (also incorporated in the GPS) Regardless of their base, Gurkhas were involved in every operation like their British counterparts.
Despite the fact that the decision of moving to Britain is an individual right and choice, the increment in Gurkha pension won’t just stop movement however a sizable lump of Gurkhas and their families who have been living in the UK would returned home to Nepal. In the long haul the benefits increment will likewise take considerable budgetary weight off the UK Government from the housing, NHS and training to Gurkhas and their families that are assessed to be much higher contrasted with expanded pension pay-outs.
Therefore, to make up for the separation and unfair monetary arrangements, all Gurkha veterans ought to be paid review annuity (from the date of their release) regardless to what the UK law says as the TPA was signed path any new laws were gone in the UK with respect to pension benefits.