The Central Government has decided to fully fund the education of martyrs’ children, revealed a notification from the Ministry of Defence.
Earlier, the government was funding up to Rs 10,000 a month for the education of these children. Now, the limitation known as “educational concession” has now been removed.
The concession is applied to the children of armed forces personnel below officer rank missing in action and those disabled or killed in action. The scheme covers around 3,400 children and entails an expenditure of around Rs 5 crore a year currently.
“The educational concession will be admissible only for undertaking studies in government/government-aided schools/educational institutes/military /Sainik schools and other schools or colleges recognised by the central or state governments, including autonomous organisations financed entirely by the central/state governments,” said a statement posted by the defence ministry on Twitter.
“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,” said CoSC chairman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, in a letter.
“These personnel have made the supreme sacrifice for the country and the provision of educational concessions to their wards is a small gesture to recognize their commitment to the defence of the country,” he added.
“The fee being paid to the children of martyrs and disabled soldiers was a small price in exchange for what they had given, and continued to give, to the nation,” said Singh.
The concession allows the complete re-reimbursement of tuition and other fees for children of martyrs and those disabled in action, came into force after the 1971 war to liberate Bangladesh. It was later extended to children of officers and soldiers killed or disabled in Operation Meghdoot (Siachen-Saltoro Ridge) and Operation Pawan (IPKF in Sri Lanka) as well as in counter-insurgency operations.
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