Government To Stick To Rs. 10,000 Study Fund Limit For Soldiers' Children

Login   |  Register Now

Follow us with

Government To Stick To Rs. 10,000 Study Fund Limit For Soldiers' Children

Posted on : Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Total 1 News Image

NEW DELHI:  Ignoring an appeal from the senior-most armed forces chief, the government has decided to not review the decision to cap the education expenditure of children of soldiers killed or disabled in action. In a statement in parliament on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry has said that 2,679 students were availing the scheme, of which 193 students have been drawing more than Rs. 10,000 per month, the cap proposed by the pay panel.

Due to this Rs. 10,000 limit on educational expenses, the government saved just Rs. 3.2 crore in 2017-2018.

"The savings have been reported to be Rs. 3.20 crore approximately. The highest amount drawn has been reported to be Rs. 18.95 lakh per annum per student," Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said in Rajya Sabha.

The children of soldiers killed in action, those missing or disabled were previously given a full reimbursement of tuition fees, hostel charges, cost of books, cost of uniforms and clothing. This was capped to Rs. 10,000 in an order that was issued by the government on July 1.

Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba had written to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month requesting the government to withdraw the order. "This small gesture would assure the families of our brave women and men that the nation cares for them and their sacrifices are truly appreciated by the government," Admiral Lanba, also the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, had written.

Ms Sitharaman, hinting that the government could review the decision, had said she understood the sentiment against the move, adding that she would "go back to consider it".

"This government is never against the will of, particularly our soldiers, particularly our gallantry award winners, particularly those disabled soldiers. I have understood the sentiment which is going on. It is not as if I have done something myself," she said.

The reimbursement of the education expenses of children of soldiers killed in the line of duty was first introduced two days after the armed forces won the 1971 war which led to the creation of Bangladesh. This was a gesture to convey the country's gratitude and support towards the children and widows of soldiers killed in the war.

Over the years, there was a demand that this concession should be extended to personnel of the central armed police forces such as the Border Security Force and the Indian Coast Guard.

The pay panel accepted this demand but also stipulated that the monthly expenditure on tuition fee and hostel charges should not exceed Rs. 10,000 per child.

Courtesy : NDTV

Disclaimer: The contents or any information provided here is strictly personal and does not hold any responsibility or liability on them. We shall endeavor to upload/publish as many of the comments that are submitted as possible within a reasonable span of time, but we do not guarantee that all comments that are submitted will be uploaded/published. Messages that harass, abuse or threaten other members; have obscene, unlawful, defamatory, libelous, hateful, or otherwise objectionable content; or have spam, commercial or advertising content or links are liable to be removed by the editors. We also reserve the right to edit the comments that do get published. Please do not post any private information unless you want it to be available publicly.

More Articles

‘Slaughterhouses rent increased by m..

KUWAIT CITY : Head of slaughterhouse and livestock market in Dhaher area Saad Albous revealed that the rents of slaug...

Hot weather continues during weekend..

KUWAIT CITY (KUNA): The country is still affected by the Indian seasonal pressure which supplies the region with very...

Jet Airways Flight Goes Off Runway ..

MUMBAI: Nearly 150 people on board a Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight from Riyadh e...

"Ladakh No Longer Safe For Women": ..

LADAKH: Fourteen Buddhist nuns, who are specialized in Kung Fu, trained local girl...

MoH stops sending Kuwaiti patients to ..

KUWAIT CITY : The Ministry of Health has stopped sending Kuwaiti patients to Germany, reports Al-Rai daily quoting so...

PAM issues circular on work timings, a..

KUWAIT CITY : Public Authority for Manpower has issued a circular concerning work timings, attendance and absence fro...

Athirappilly tourist spot closed as..

Thrissur: With the incessant rain continuing to batter Kerala, rivers in Kerala ar...

80% of Kuwaitis believe use of ‘wast..

KUWAIT CITY : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently released a report on promoting growth and inclusiveness ...

Baby on board Indigo flight dies after..

New Delhi/Hyderabad: A four-month-old boy developed breathing problem on a Patna-bound flight and died at the Hyderab...

Several nurses aged 65 and above termi..

KUWAIT CITY : The Ministry of Health has laid down a comprehensive health services plan for pilgrims this year, repor...

Rising concern: Idukki water level tou..

Thiruvananthapuram: The water level in the Idukki reservoir in Kerala touched 2395.42 feet at 12 noon on Tuesday. Aft...

National Defence Academy Cadets To ..

PUNE: The National Defence Academy in Pune has included Kashmiri, Pashto and Dari ...


Copyright © 2012-2018, All rights Reserved   |  |  This Logo is a trademark of Way4Indians. For Enquires, please contact :