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After Appeal From Navy Chief, Govt May Not Cut Educational Benefits Given To Martyrs’ Families

The Defence Ministry is likely to review its decision of capping at Rs 10,000 per month the educational assistance it gives to children of martyrs or those disabled in action following resentment among the three services.

The development comes after the issue was taken up with the government by Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, in his capacity as Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC).

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Recently, Admiral Lanba had written to the defence ministry requesting it to remove the cap which was incorporated in July on the recommendation of the seventh pay commission. “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 wrote in his letter.

On Wednesday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman indicated that the government was going to review the decision, saying the current dispensation had always been supportive of the armed forces.

Navy Chief

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The scheme in question was rolled out in 1972, under which tuition fee of children of martyrs or those disabled in action was completely waived in schools, colleges and professional educational institutions.

However, on 1 July, the government had issued an order capping the amount at Rs 10,000 per month. As per estimates, around 3,400 children of armed forces personnel were impacted by the decision.

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Source of news : Indiatimes

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