Monday, May 7, 2012

Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War
Fifty four (54) missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 Wars are believed to be in the custody in Pakistan. The Government has repeatedly been taking up the matter with the Pakistan Government. However, Pakistan does not acknowledge the presence of any such personnel in its custody. A delegation of 14 relatives of missing defence personnel also visited 10 Jails in Pakistan during 1st June, 2007 - 14th June, 2007. The delegation, however, could not conclusively confirm the physical presence of any missing defence personnel.
 The families of these missing defence personnel have been given liberalized pensionary/rehabilitation benefits as per extant rules. Further, orders have been issued for compliance of judgement dated 23.12.2011 passed by Hon`ble High Court of Gujarat regarding payment of service and retirement benefits to the next of kin of the missing defence personnel believed to be in the custody in Pakistan, as if they had retired on superannuation.
 This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri A K Antony in written reply to shriS. Semmalai and Shri KuldeepBishnoi in Lok Sabha on 07-05-12


EDUCATIONAL CONCESSIONS  for Wards of Ex-Servicemen

Wards of Ex-servicemen who are missing/disabled/killed in action are provided various educational concessions in Government/Government aided schools/educational institutes, Military/Sainik schools and other schools/colleges recognized by Central/State Governments. This facility is available upto First degree course.
 (i) The following concessions are provided in accordance with Gol letter No.6-1/2009/Edu.Concession/ll/D(Res), dated 26th October 2010:
 Tuition Fee: Full reimbursement.
 Hostel Charges: Full reimbursement of hostel charges for children studying in boarding schools and colleges.
 Cost of books/stationary: Rs.1,000/- per annum per student.
 Cost of Compulsory Uniform: Rs.1700/- maximum during 1st year and Rs.700/- for the subsequent year per student.
 Clothing: Rs.500/- for the 1st year and Rs.300/- for the subsequent years per annum per student
 (ii) Under RakshaMantri Discretionary Fund Children of Ex- servicemen up to Havaldar Rank are entitled to Education Grant of Rs.1000/- per month up to Graduation.
 (iii) Messing and accommodation is provided to the children of war widows, war disabled, attributable cases in 35 War Memorial Hostels. Recurring grant @ Rs.1350/- per month per inmate is provided to the hostel from Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. For wards of non-attributable disabled soldiers also grants are provided @ Rs.675/- per month per inmate.
 (iv) Under Prime Minister`s Scholarship Scheme, every year 4000 new scholarships are given to wards of martyrs and ex-servicemen for pursuing, various recognized Professional Degree Courses like B.Tech& MBBS etc.
 35 war memorial hostels set up in Regimental centers in different parts of the country are catering to the welfare needs of wards of martyrs and ex-servicemen
 This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr MM PallamRajuin a written reply to Dr.Mahendrasinh P. Chauhan in Lok Sabha on 07-05-2012.


Reservation for Ex-Servicemen

Reservation for Ex-Servicemen

The Central/State Government provides for the following reservation for Ex-Servicemen in the civil jobs:-
Group`C`            Group `D`
(a)Central Ministries/Departments          10%                        20%
(b)PSUs/Nationalized Banks                  14.5%                    24.5%
(ii)        10% posts of Assistant Commandants in paramilitary forces and 100% posts are reserved for ESM in Defence Security Corps.
(iii)             Most State Governments also provide reservations to ESM in State Government jobs.
Government orders already exist to carry forward unfilled vacancies for Ex-Servicemen to the next year. The reservation policy for Ex-servicemen is implemented by the concerned Government/Departments, Public Sector Undertakings and Banks. It is the responsibility of the concerned organization to implement the same. Since applying for Government jobs by Ex- Servicemen is voluntary, data in this regard is not maintained.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr MM PallamRajuin a written reply to Shri NripendraNath Roy and Shri NarahariMahato in Lok Sabha on 07-05-2012.


Sunday, May 6, 2012


Government in agreement on 'one rank one pension': Army chief
PTI May 4, 2012, 05.03PM IST PRADESH: The Centre has given in-principle approval to the 'one rank one pension' demand of ex-servicemen, Chief of Army Staff General V K Singh said today.
"I have written twice to the central government on the issue of one rank one pension and it has agreed to it in principle," he said while addressing a rally of ex-servicemen at Mahar Regiment Centre Ground in MP.