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Gurkhas to sue MoD over pay

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Former Gurkha soldiers are to sue the Ministry of Defence for racialdiscrimination after receiving lower pay and pensions than their Britishcounterparts. A test case from 20 former Gurkhas, aged between 35 and 83, is expected tobe lodged this week. If the Gurkhas are successful, more than 30,000 soldiersfrom the regiment may be entitled to an estimated £2bn worth of compensationfor backdated pay and pension payments from the MoD. The Gurkhas have fought for the British for almost 200 years, but since 1947Gurkha pay and pensions have been linked to the Indian Army’s pay code,creating a wide difference between their pay and British soldiers pay. The Gurkhas’ solicitor, Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers, said thecase is to be funded by legal aid and is unlikely to be heard before the end ofthe year or early 2003. In court, the Gurkhas are to be represented by the Prime Minister’s wifeCherie Booth QC’s law firm, Matrix. Padam Gurung, president of the Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen Association, saidbetween 50,000 and 60,000 Gurkhas have lost their lives while serving Britainand deserved the same pay and benefits as other UK regiments. “All we ask is not to be treated as inferior human beings and to sufferdiscrimination,” he said. Nearly 3,600 Gurkhas are serving currently and have recently taken part inBritish operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. An Army spokeswoman would not comment on the details of the case because ithas not yet been lodged. However, she did say that a pension paid at the UK level would be worth farmore to the Gurkhas in Nepal due to the lower standard of living in thatcountry. By Ben Willmott Gurkhas to sue MoD over payOn 7 May 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more