GOVERNMENT ORDERS RELATED TO WELFARE AND
RESETTLEMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN AND THEIR DEPENDENTS
1. Introduction of Senior Citizen Saving Scheme. The Central Govt introduced a scheme for senior citizens of the age of 60 years and above, to earn 9% interest on their emoluments received as retirement benefits: Defence personnel, who superannuate at varied age, much lower than 60 years, could not be part of the scheme till they attain the age of 60 years. The case was taken up with Ministry of Finance. The office memorandum issued by Ministry of Finance (Deptt of Economic Affairs - Budget Division) dated 29 Oct 04. has met the demand of Defence Personnel (excluding Civilian Defence Employees). The eligibility conditions for defence personnel are as under :
(a) All Defence Personnel retired on superannuation shall be eligible to subscribe irrespective of the age of retirement.
(b) All personnel, retiring other wise than on superannuation, shall be eligible to subscribe to the scheme only after attaining the age of 55 years.
2. Exemption of Toll Tax. As per Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Notification No. NH-ll065/15/2002-P&M dated 27 Oct 03, Defence Vehicles and private vehicles of Soldiers and Ainnen of regular forces are exempted from paying Toll irrespective of whether they are on duty or not.
3. Upgradation of Educational Qualification for Security Guards. The minimum Educational Qualification for the post of Anned Guards in Banks was Eighth Standard. Now as per Govt of India, Ministry of Finance, Deptt of Economic Affairs, Banking Division letter No. F.No.5/l181 2000-IR dated 08 Sep 04, Matriculate have also been made eligible for recruitment as subordinate staff including Anned Guard as the minimum qualifications for joining armed forces is matriculation and the banks were finding it difficult to appoint ESM for the post of Anned Guard.
Raksha Mantri's Discretionary Fund
4. The cases of financial assistance to ex-Servicemen/Widows/dependents, whose financial condition is critical and are in penury, received from all over the country including Nepal, are processed at Kendriya Sainik Board before submission to Ministry of Defence for their approval. Various grants of financial assistance like Medical, Marriage, Education and financial assistance for repair of house are considered under discretion ofHon'ble Raksha Mantri.
Types of Grants From RMDF
5. Following type of grants are considered
(a) Marriage Grant - Rs. 8,0001
(b) Medical Grant - Rs. 15,000/
(c) House Repair Grant - Rs. 10,0001
(d) Monthly Grant - Rs. 1,000/- p.m. for two years
(e) Penury Grant - Rs. 15,000/
(f) Education Grant - Rs. 100/- p.m./child till Std XII (Upto three children)
6. Financial Assistance from RMDF Provided for the Financial Year - 2004-05
(a) Total amount distributed - Rs. 1,22,17,204*
(b) Total No. of beneficiaries - 847*
*This includes a sum of Rs. 50 lakhs provided to 200 Tsunami affected ex-Servicemen/ . dependents at Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
7. Financial Assistance from Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. Grant of financial assistance for treatment of serious diseases is provided from Armed Forces Flag Day. Details are given at Appendix-A.
8. Allotment of Medical Seats for 2004-05: A total of 288 applications were received in response to the Kendriya Sainik Board advertisement in leading daily's across the country for allocation of MBBS/BDS seats as Govt. ofIndia Nominee for Ministry of Defence quota for the year 2004-2005.
9. Out of a total of 29 seats, candidates in the following priorities were given admission in Medical College in the country:
(a) Priority-I - 8 Candidates
(b) Priority-II - 2 Candidates
(c) Priority-III - 12 Candidates
(d) Priority-IV - 7 Candidates
10. The advertisement for the seats for academic year 2005-2006 was released in Mar/Apr 2005. Forms were distributed w.e.f 24 Apr 2005, last date for submission of completed applications was 24 June 2005. This year 27 MBBS and 1 BDS seat has been released to KSB. Board proceedings have been prepared by KSB and submitted to Ministry of Health, issue of nomination will be carried out after Central Selection Committee Meeting at Ministry of Health, which is still awaited.
11. The 9th annual meeting of the Managing Committee of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund was held on 05 Sep 05, under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble Raksha Rajya Mantri. The Chairman informed the august gathering that there are over 24 lakh registered ESM and their widows in the country, with about 60,000 joining their ranks every year, whose rehabilitation and welfare needs to be looked after. Anew department has been opened in the MOD to meet these requirements with an Additional Secretary heading the department of Ex Servicemen Welfare. The various issues relating to Ex-Servicemen (ESM) welfare were discussed, such as re-imbursement of boarding charges for wards of war bereaved/disabled ESM, augmentation of Special Fund of States, sharing of 50% expenditure for purchase of computers & Integration of Software Data Base for all RSBs/ZSBs, financial assistance for life saving treatment for non-pensioner and methodology for increasing AFFD Fund collection by KSB. The Chairman stressed on the good work by DGR/KSB in its assistance given to ESM in need, especially those affected by occurrence of the natural calamities.