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Welfare Schemes for Ex-Servicemen

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The details of welfare schemes for Ex-Servicemen are as below:
 Financial Assistance from Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF):
 1.     Financial assistance to institutions:
        (a)  Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centres (PRC) at Kirkee and Mohali.
        (b)  St Dunstan`s After Care Organisation.
        (c) Cheshire Homes at Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow.
2.     Financial assistance for serious ailments: to the non-pensioners only.
3.     Supply of Honda Activa (Self Starter) Scooter to ESM.
4.     Tool Kit for Ex-Servicemen Technicians.
5.     Re-imbursement of interest by way of subsidy on loan taken from banks for construction of house to    
        War bereaved, war disabled and attributable peace time casualties and their dependents.
6      Grant to Training-cum-Productions Centres in Military Hospitals and other places.
7.     War Memorial Hostels: The War Memorial Hostels were constructed with a view to provide shelter to 
         the children of War widows, war- disabled, attributable cases.
8.      Sharing cost of construction of Sainik Rest Houses.
9.      Financial Assistance from RakshaMantri`s Discretionary Fund (RMDF). The financial assistance is  
         provided to needy Ex- servicemen, widows and wards from RMDF for various purposes.
10.    Prime Minister`s Merit Scholarship Scheme.
11.    Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).
(II)    Resettlement and Rehabilitation Schemes:
(A)    TRAINING PROGRAMME:  for Officers, JCO/OR and Ex-Servicemen (ESM) Training.
(B)    RE-EMPLOYMENT:       in Central and State Government; Re-employment through DGR; DGR 
         sponsored Security Services Scheme.
(C)    LOAN RELATED WELFARE SCHEMES:Enterpreneur Schemes; Herbal and Medicinal Plants; 
         Horticulture; Floriculture; Franchising; Other Business Activities.
(i)      SELF EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES:Ex-Servicemen Coal Loading and Transportation Scheme; Coal Tipper Attachment Scheme; Management of CNG Station by ESM (Officers) in NCR; Mother Dairy Milk Booths and Fruit & Vegetable (Safal) shops; Allotment of Oil Product Agencies under 8% Defence quota; Allotment of LPG Agency under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG VitrakYojana; Allotment of Regular LPG, Distributor under 18% quota; Sponsorship of ESM(O) of COCO Operatorship; Allotment of Army Surplus Vehicles.
            Widows, dependents and children of martyred and disabled war soldiers get liberalized/special/normal family pension as per their entitlement.
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare in the Ministry of Defence is the Nodal Department for welfare of ex-serviccmen, widows or dependents and children of martyred and disabled soldiers. Its attached offices namely Directorate General of Resettlement andKendriyaSainik Board are working in this direction. Rajya and ZilaSainik Boards at the State & district level look into the condition of families of martyrs and disabled soldiers.
            Besides this, each Service Headquarter has dedicated cell to look into welfare issues of widows, dependents and children of martyred and disabled war soldiers. Record offices, local formations/units have system in place to periodically interact formally & informally with families of martyred & disabled soldiers.

Category-wise details of welfare schemes for ESM are as follows:

Category
Army
Air-force
Navy
Total
Widows of Ex-Servicemen
500033
24384
11742
536159
War Widows
4173
44
19
4236
Disabled Ex-Servicemen
4397
197
176
4770


This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr MM PallamRajuin a written reply to Shri IshwarlalShankarlal Jain in Rajya Sabha today.
PK/NN
(Release ID :83938)

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New Pension Schemes

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The Government has implemented the New Pension System (NPS) for Government employees who join Central Government (except armed forces) on or after 1st January, 2004.

The NPS and the old defined benefit (DB) pension system are two different pension systems. Therefore, there can not be any comparison between the two in so far as the benefits to employees are concerned. The Pension benefits under the DB system are defined, however, under NPS the amount of pension would depend on the investment returns, the accumulation upto the age of retirement and level of annuitisation and type of annuity chosen.

Some representations of Employees’ Associations have been received by the Government. The major reasons for its opposition by the Employees’ Associations are minimum pension, safety and returns on investment. Many measures have been taken to protect the interests of the NPS subscribers, like prescribing a flexible investment pattern, establishing a regulator in the form of the Interim Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority and creating the modern institutional architecture of NPS, which is low cost.

There is no proposal from the Government to reconsider the NPS.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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(Release ID :84141)

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Helmets Mandatory for Women

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According to Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, every person except a Sikh wearing a turban driving or riding on a motor cycle shall, while in a public place, wear protective headgear (helmet) conforming to the standards of Bureau of Indian Standards. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 does not exempt women pillion riders on two wheelers from wearing helmet. According to the second proviso to the said Section 129, the State Governments can frame rules to provide for such exceptions as they may think fit.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Road Transport and Highways, Dr. Tushar A. Chaudhary, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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(Release ID :84271)

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ECHS Polyclinics

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ECHS Polyclinics
     Presently 11 polyclinics are functioning in the State of Kerala. Under the expansion plan of ECHS, additional 12 ECHS Polyclinics have been sanctioned out of which 4 polyclinics at Mavelikara Trivandrum(MedicalCollege), Moovattupuzha and Kanhagad have been made functional. The remaining 8 polyclinics would be made functional in due course. The details are as follows:

Ser No.
Polyclinics
Remarks
Existing ECHS Polyclinics Sanctioned in 2003:



1.
Palakkad
Functional
2.
Kochi
Functional
3.
Kannur
Functional
4.
Kozhikode
Functional
5.
Perintalmanna
Functional
6.
Alleppey (Alapuzha)
Functional
7.
Thrissur
Functional
8.
Kottayam
Functional
9.
Trivandrum
Functional
10.
Pathanamthitta
Functional
11.
Quilon (KoIIam)
Functional
Additional ECHS Polyclinics Sanctioned in 2010:
12.
Mavelikara
Functional
13.
Trivandrum (Medical College)
Functional
14.
Moovattupuzha
Functional
15.
Kanhagad
Functional
16.
Iritti
Likely to be functional by June 2012.
17.
Kunnamkulam
Hiring of suitable building and staff in progress.
18.
Changanacherry
Hiring of suitable building and staff in progress.
19.
Kalpetta
Hiring of suitable building and staff in progress.
20.
Kottarakara
Action in hand to establish the Polyclinic.
21.
Thodupuzha
Hiring of suitable building and staff in progress.
22.
Ranni
Hiring of suitable building and staff in progress.
23.
Kilimanur
Action in hand to establish the Polyclinic.
Information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to ShriKodikkunnil Suresh in Lok Sabha today.
PK/NN


(Release ID :84254)

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1965 War Veterans

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1965 War Veterans 

All war veterans of 1965 war who are eligible for pension as per the rules have been granted pension. Minimum qualifying service of 15 years in case of Personnel Below Officer Ranks and 20 years in case of Commissioned Officers is mandatory for earning pension. Those who acquired disability of 20% or above held attributable / aggravated by military service were granted disability / war injury pension as per their entitlement. Those released with less than stipulated qualifying service were granted gratuity as per Rules.

Representations were received from the non-pensioners who were not eligible for pension as per rules.

The petitioners had rendered less than the minimum stipulated qualifying service required to earn pension and were not entitled for pension.

No eligible war veteran is left out without grant of pension This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri P.T. Thomas in Lok Sabha today.

PK/NN
(Release ID :84265)
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Govt Doles Out Rs.2,200 Crore Benefits to Ex-Servicemen in Three Years

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Govt Doles Out Rs.2,200 Crore Benefits to Ex-Servicemen in Three Years
The Government has initiated several steps in the last three years in its commitment 
to improve the welfare of the Ex-Servicemen (ESM). This entails granting direct benefits 
amounting to an additional Rupees 2,200 crores annually.
Significant improvements in pension for Armed Forces personnel were made over and 
above the benefits that accrued out of implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.
Following the acceptance of the 6th CPC recommendations, a Committee 
was set up under the chairmanship of no less than the Cabinet Secretary to 
look specifically into the pension and other matters related exclusively to the 
Armed Forces. The Committee submitted its report on June 30, 2009. Seven 
major recommendations of the committee were implemented by the Government 
with a financial implication of Rupees 2,200 Crores per annum. A major share of this
 amounting to Rs. 1,636 crores went towards further improving the pension of the 
Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBORs), based on the recommendations of the 
Group of Ministers in the year 2006.
Conceding to a longstanding demand of the ESM population the Government 
also earmarked another Rs. 470.66 crores by bringing about parity between 
pre- and post-1997 PBOR pensioners. The other welfare measures recommended 
by the Cabinet Secretary Committee that were approved by the Government with 
benefits accruing since January 1, 2006 include removal of linkage of full pension 
with 33 years, inclusion of classification allowance for PBORs, revision of Lt. General 
pension after carving out a separate Pay Scale for them, broad-banding of percentage 
of disability/war injury pension for pre- January 1, 2006 disability / war injury pensioners
 and removal of cap on war injury element of pension in the case of disabled pensioners 
belonging to Category "E".
For the convenience of Ex- Servicemen a user-friendly software called "Suvigya" has 
been launched since last year on the website of CGDA (Controller General of Defence 
Accounts) i.e. www.cfida.nic.in which facilitates the pensioner to himself calculate and 
verify his pension. Discrepancies if any may be brought to the notice of the concerned 
PCDA and can also be resolved at the special camps organized by the Department of
 Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW) at the ZilaSainik Boards. A soon-to-be-launched
 website of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare will further keep in touch online 
with the ESM population and promptly resolve their grievances.
Apart from the direct monetary benefits accruing out of higher pension, the Department 
of ESW, now headed by a Secretary-level officer, under the Ministry of Defence, has 
approved other significant welfare measures. An ex-gratia of Rs. 9 lakhs w.e.f. April 1, 2011
 was granted to invalided out Armed Forces Personnel with 100 percent disability. 
For lesser disability between 20 percent to 99 percent this amount would be reduced 
proportionately. Grant of family pension to childless widow of Armed Forces personnel
 including both officers and PBORs who died prior to January 1, 2006, which was 
discontinued on her remarriage, was restored retrospectively from the same date subject to 
certain conditions.
The Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) has been a model success 
of the Department of ESW, reaching out elementary healthcare and specialized treatment 
to the vast ESM population and their dependents to every remote nook and corner of the 
country. About 39 lakh number of ESM and their dependants are benefited by the ECHS
 healthcare facilities.
Bolstered by the ECHS success story, the Government sanctioned 199 additional 
ECHS polyclinics in October, 2010 to expand medical facilities to the ESM, in addition 
to the existing 227 polyclinics. Out of these 199, 61 polyclinics have become functional 
upto March 31, 2012.
In another fillip to the ECHS Scheme, the Government decided in January this year to 
extend the ECHS facility to Nepal, considering the large number of ESM population of 
Nepal origin settled there. This will benefit more than two-and-a-half lakh Nepal domiciled 
Gorkhas (NDG) Ex-Servicemen members including dependants.
In other major welfare measures the Government substantially raised since October, 2011
the War Memorial Hostels Grant from Rs. 900 to Rs. 1,350 per inmate for wards of 
War Widows, War Disabled and Attributable Disability Cases. For Non-Attributable 
Disability Cases grant revised from Rs. 450/- to Rs. 675/-. Financial assistance 
provided under RakshaMantri`s Discretionary Fund (RMDF) was also revised 
as follows:



Scheme
Old rate

New rate
Remarks
Penury Grant
Rs. 30,000/- one time lump sum or Rs. 500/- pm for two years.

Rs. 1000/- pm for life time
For non- pensionersuptoHavaldar rank of 65 years and above age.
Educational grant
Boys upto + 2
200/- pm

Rs. 1000/- pm
Upto graduation irrespective of gender.

Girls upto + 2
400/-pm


Girls uptoGrdn
600/- pm


Widows PG
600/- pm

Disabled Children grant
Rs. 500/- pm

Rs. 1000/- pm
pensioner/non- pensioneruptoHavaldar rank

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(Release ID :84342)


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National Defence University 

The Union Cabinet, in its meeting held on 13th May, 2010, has accorded "in principle" approval to setting up the Indian National Defence University (INDU) at Binola in District Gurgaon, Haryana. The Government of Haryana has issued the Notification for the acquisition of land. Educational Consultants of India Limited, (EdCIL) a Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of HRD has been appointed as a consultant for the preparation of the Detailed Project Report, the Layout Plan and Draft Act & Statutes for setting up the university.

An estimated expenditure of Rs.295 Crore (at the rates of year 2010) for setting up the university and Rs.162 Crore (at current rates) for the acquisition of land is likely to be incurred.

In INDU it is proposed inter alia to conduct courses of varying durations on subjects ranging from Strategic Studies, War Gaming and Simulation, Neighbourhood Studies, Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism, Chinese Studies, Evaluation of Strategic Thought, International Security Issues, Maritime Security Studies, Eurasian Studies, South East Asian Studies, material acquisition, joint logistics, national security strategy in peace and war, etc.

It is projected that the establishment of INDU and its constituents will be spread over seven years.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Inderjit Singh Rao in Lok Sabha today.

PK/NN  
(Release ID :8426
National Defence University

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