Centre reverses cap on education concession to defence personnel’s children
Chandigarh: The Central authorities has acceded to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s request to not cap the tutorial concession offered to youngsters of armed forces’ personnel, a state authorities official mentioned right here on Wednesday.
“Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has written to the CM to convey the Union Authorities’s resolution to proceed the mentioned concession with out capping it at Rs 10,000 monthly,” a spokesman of the Chief Minister mentioned right here on Wednesday.
Welcoming the choice, the Chief Minister mentioned it might go a great distance in the direction of boosting the morale of the armed forces and their households, notably the youngsters of martyrs and disabled troopers.
“The Defence Minister’s communication is in response to Captain Amarinder’s letter dated December 1, 2017, urging her to revoke the choice to place a cap of Rs 10,000 monthly on the mixed quantity of tuition charge and hostel costs below the scheme of academic concession to such youngsters.
“Expressing critical concern in regards to the proposed transfer of the Defence Ministry, the Chief Minister had then mentioned it might make a mockery of the target behind the scheme which was introduced within the Lok Sabha in 1971,” the spokesman mentioned.
Amarinder Singh felt that the transfer would “undermine the sacrifice of the defence personnel, and amounted to a shameful disregard for the contribution of the armed personnel to the nation and its residents”.
He was of the opinion that the “charge being paid to the youngsters of martyrs and disabled troopers was a small worth in change for what they’d given, and continued to present, to the nation”.
The tutorial concession was initially being given to the youngsters of armed forces personnel killed/lacking or completely disabled in 1962, 1965, 1971 wars, Operation Pawan and Operation Meghdoot.
In August 2003, the Defence Ministry prolonged the concession to the youngsters of armed forces personnel who have been killed/declared lacking or completely disabled throughout all submit Meghdoot operations in India and overseas, together with counter-insurgency operations.