Thursday, December 13, 2012


12.12.2012 : Government constituted a Committee in July, 2012, headed by Cabinet Secy for looking into the pay and pension related issues of relevance to Defence service personnel and Ex-servicemen. The Committee submitted its report on issues namely OROP-Bridging the gap in pension, Enhancement of family pension, Dual Family Pension and Family pension to mentally / physically challenged son/ daughter of armed forces personnel on marriage. The recommendations have been accepted by the Government and are in the process of implementation. In view of existing mechanism available for redressal of grievances of ex- servicemen, there is no proposal to constitute an Ex-servicemen Commission. Directorate General Re-settlement (DGR), KendriyaSainik Board (KSB), and Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) at the Central level and Rajya Sainik Boards (RSBs) and Zila Sainik Welfare offices at the State and District level are already in place to look after the re-settlement and welfare of Ex-servicemen. This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Mahendra Singh Mahrain Rajya Sabha today. HS/HH/NN   (Release ID :90431) ============================================================================== Welfare Schemes for Ex-Servicemen As per the information available, there are 22,96,134 ex-servicemen registered in Rajya and ZilaSainik Boards in the country. The likely expenditure during the year 2012-13 for the various welfare schemes of ex-servicemen would be Rs. 1527.19 Crore. Ministry of Defence does not administer any organisation by the name of Ex- Scrvicemen Welfare Council. KendriyaSainik Board, headed by Raksha Rajya Mantri, is the apex body, to look after the welfare of Ex-servicemen. This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Mohan Singh in Rajya Sabha today. HS/HH/NN (Release ID :90434) ================================================================================ Condition of Families of Defence Personnel Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare under the MOD is the nodal Department to look after the welfare of all categories of Ex-servicemen including war veterans. Its three attached offices namely Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR), KendriyaSainik Board (KSB) and Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) are working in this direction. Besides this, Record Offices, local formations / units have systems in place to periodically interact formally and informally with the families of defence personnel killed in military operations. Number of soldiers of the State of Andhra Pradesh killed on duty during the last three years are as under: Year/Army/Navy/Air Force 2009 /03/ 0/0 2010 /02 /0 / 0 2011 /02 /0 / 0 Various benefits / compensation are provided to the next of the kin (NoK) of the deceased personnel as per rules. These include Liberalised Family Pension, Death Gratuity, Ex-Gratia payment, payments from Army Group Insurance Fund, Army Wives Welfare Association Fund, Army Officer Benevolent Fund and Army Central Welfare Fund. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Dr. T. Subbarami Reddyin Rajya Sabha today. HS/HH/NN (SOURCE - PIB)

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