NIN NEWS SERVICE
UDHAMPUR, JULY 21: The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has stressed on the need for the administrative machinery at the Centre, State and District levels to pay due attention towards solving the problems of veterans and families of serving soldiers in a time bound manner. Inaugurating the 30th Meeting of Kendriya Sainik Board at New Delhi, Shri Parrikar said special attention by the Centre and State Governments and support by local administration towards welfare of
the families of Ex-Servicemen and Serving soldiers is crucial. “We want our troops to maintain high morale and perform their duties without worrying about their families”, he said. Sharing his first-hand experience with the audience in some forward areas, the Minister stated that braving extreme weather conditions, the Armed Forces have been serving the nation with dedication and commitment.
Underlining some of the welfare measures for Ex-Servicemen and their dependents, the Minister announced that the Government has revised the marriage grant for two daughters of Ex-Serviceman from Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 50,000 with effect from April 01, 2016. The Education Grant and Orphan Grant have been revised from Rs. 400-600 per month to Rs. 1000 per month. The amount of one-time Penury Grant of Rs. 30,000 has now been revised to Rs. 1000 per month for life.
He said that the amount under Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme for boys has been hiked from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 24,000 per annum while for girls the same has been revised from Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 27,000 per annum.
He also pointed out few issues on Ex-Servicemen welfare, which require direct engagement with other stakeholders like States and Union Territories, Local Administration and Rajya Sainik Board. These include provision of land for polyclinic buildings in non-military stations, augmentation of opportunities for employment of ESM in State / Union Territories, monitoring implementation of reserved seats in government educational institutions for admission of wards of war widows/disabled soldiers and ESM and construction of integrated ‘Sainik Sadan’ in States for war-widows and ESM and their dependents.