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Budget 2014: DPM happy over recognition for first NS batch

Published on Feb 23, 2014 10:14 AM
Youth reporting for national service on Aug 30, 1967. Singapore's first NS batch will receive health-care benefits in the Pioneer Generation Package. -- ST FILE PHOTO

A day after the Budget fleshed out details of the generous health-care benefits in the Pioneer Generation Package, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said he was happy the age range was extended to 65, as this recognises the first batch of national servicemen.

He said on Facebook: "Careful budgeting means we can set aside a fund now to fully pay for this level of pioneer benefits without burdening younger generations."

There are 190,000 Singaporeans in the 65 to 69 age bracket, he said.

They include the first batch of 900 full-time national servicemen who enlisted in July 1967.

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