The Government of India has removed the cap of Rs 10,000 per month imposed by it in July last year on educational assistance given to children of martyrs or those disabled in action. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had requested the finance ministry to remove the cap.
Earlier, the education of these children was funded, but only up to Rs 10,000 a month. That limitation, on what’s called “educational concession”, has now been removed.
Cap on Educational Concession removed for the children of Armed Forces Officers / PBORs, missing/ disabled/ killed in action.@nsitharaman @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/jkxdEyXjD4
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) March 22, 2018
The concession applies to the children of officers from the armed forces, ‘persons below officer rank’ missing in action, and those disabled or killed in action. This scheme covers around 3,400 children and entails an expenditure of around Rs 5 crore a year currently.
An order dated September 13, 2017, by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare of the Defence Ministry had capped the fee for tuition and hostel expenses for children of martyrs at Rs 10,000 per month in line with the 7th Pay Commission. The order came into effect from July 1, 2017.
An order dated March 21, 2018, said the cap has been lifted for those studying in government or government-aided institutions, military schools, other schools and institutions recognised by the central or state governments, and autonomous institutions under the government.