Naval Chief Admiral appeals Defence Ministry to review its order

Naval Chief Admiral appeals Defence Ministry to review its order
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New Delhi: Reminding the sacrifices by the Martyred Soldiers to the nation, Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba have appealed The Defence Ministry to review its decision to limit educational reimbursement to the children of martyred or disabled soldiers.

Naval Chief and also Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, Sunil Lanba wrote to the Ministry, “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,” according to an NDTV report.

The Defence Ministry is likely to review its decision of capping the educational expenses paid to the children of ex-servicemen to Rs 10,000 said the sources said on Tuesday.

The imposed cap on educational reimbursement has affected around 3,400 children of armed forces personnel after its imposition since 1 July reported Deccan Chronicle.

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has also written to the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, urging her to review the decision of capping the educational expenses of the children of the army personnel at Rs 10,000.

The scheme for government bearing the cost of education of ex-servicemen’s children was announced in the Lok Sabha on December 18, 1971, days after the Pakistani forces surrendered in Dhaka after the India-Pakistan war that led to the liberation of Bangladesh.

Chandrasekhar in his letter to the minister said capping the fund “goes against the very principal by which this scheme was implemented”.