Veterans Commission to halt subsidies to PRC nationals
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Cabinet-level Veterans Affairs Commission (VAC, 退輔會) yesterday said it will stop issuing subsidies to Taiwanese veterans that are found to hold PRC citizenship.
October 8, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
VAC Minister Tung Hsiang-lung (董翔龍) said yesterday that his commission had found a total of 12 veterans who currently reside on the other side of the Taiwan Strait and hold People's Republic of China (PRC) nationality.
Having PRC nationality while receiving monthly subsidies issued by Republic of China (R.O.C.) government is against the law, Tung said.
Tung said the government will no longer issue an annual subsidy, worth NT$183,000, to the 12 people, citing an amendment to article 27 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) that was passed in March, 2004.
If the 12 veterans give up their PRC nationality and apply to reinstate their R.O.C. nationality in the future, they could again apply for the annual subsidy from the VAC, he added.
Tung made the comments in response to a lawmaker's question during a legislative session yesterday.
According to statistics, a total of 1,816 Taiwanese veterans currently live in China, the VAC said.
The VAC said it issues the subsidies only to those financially challenged veterans with below average household incomes. Currently only around 60,000 veterans are eligible to receive the monthly subsidy, it said.
In Taiwan, the term “veteran” often refers to those soldiers who came to the island in 1949 along with the KMT government after it lost a civil war with the Communist Party.
The total number of these veterans is around 400,000, and that number is dropping annually.