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    WELFARE AND REHABILITATION SCHEMES FOR EX-SERVICEMEN

    WELFARE AND REHABILITATION SCHEMES FOR EX-SERVICEMEN


    GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
    MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
    DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE

    RAJYA SABHA
    UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.507
    TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 7TH FEBRUARY, 2017

    WELFARE AND REHABILITATION SCHEMES FOR EX-SERVICEMEN

    507. DR. T. SUBBARAMI REDDY:
            SHRIMATI AMBIKA SONI:


    Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:

    (a) the details of welfare and rehabilitation schemes, financial assistance provided to ex-servicemen by Government through various agencies;

    (b) the total amount distributed for the welfare of ex-servicemen under Raksha Mantri’s Discretionary Fund (RMDF) and the number of beneficiaries, in the last three years, year-wise;

    (c) the main activities of Kendriya Sanik Board and how they are beneficial to ex-servicemen and their families, and the details thereof; and

    (d) the efforts made to activate Grievances Redressal Mechanism and to expedite redressal of grievances of ex-servicemen?


    ANSWER

    MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
    DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE

    (a) The details of the welfare and rehabilitation schemes and financial assistance being provided to ex-servicemen is at Annexure-I.

    (b) Rs.116.44 Cr. have been disbursed to 71099 beneficiaries during the last three years as indicated below:

    Year
    Amount
    (In Crore)

    Beneficiaries
    2013-14
    19.95
    12839
    2014-15
    19.44
    11877
    2015-16
    77.05
    46383


    (c) Kendriya Sainik Board is the Apex Body of Government of India responsible for laying down policies/guidelines for the welfare, rehabilitation and resettlement of ex-servicemen/dependents in the country. These policies/programmes are implemented for the benefit of ex-servicemen and their families.

    (d) The following efforts/arrangements are made for expeditious redressal of grievances of ex-servicemen: 

    (i) Armed Forces Tribunals (AFTs): AFTs were set up to provide for quicker and less expensive justice to the members of three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) Veterans It adjudicates in disputes and complaints with respect to commission, appointments, enrolment and conditions of service of Services.

    (ii) CPGRAMS: Online Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System is maintained by Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances for effective and timely resolution of public grievance. Joint Secretary (ESW) is the nodal officer for D/o ESW. JS(ESW) reviews the status on monthly basis. 

    (iii) PG Cell: There is specific cell in D/o Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW) for handling grievances relating to pension. The grievances received electronically through CPGRAMS are disposed off electronically and the remaining grievances are disposed off manually. Grievances relate to pension fixation, disbursal, rehabilitation, re-employment, financial assistance, grant of benefits to ESM/families by the State Governments such as land/houses/flats, compensation, ex-gratia, criminal complaints etc. The grievances are forwarded by the Pension Grievance Cell and other sections in the DESW to the respective Government agencies/units in the Armed Forces, Controller General of Defence Accounts(CGDA) etc. for necessary action and disposal. 

    (iv) All the three attached offices under the administrative control of DESW namely, Kendriya Sainik Board Sectt., Directorate General of Resettlement and Central Organization, ECHS have their own grievance redressal mechanism in place. 

    (v) A separate cell has been set up for redressal of grievances of families of martyrs in KSB Sectt.

    (vi) There are Veterans Grievance Redressal Cells in all the 3 Services Hqrs. These Veteran Cells look after the welfare measures for ESM and grievance redressal. 

    (vii) CGDA also has its grievance redressal mechanism. 

    (viii) ECHS toll-free Helpline has been made available to all ECHS members at 1800-114-115 for resolving queries on Membership, Treatment and Enrolment. 

    (xi) A dedicated free helpline 1800115250 is functional in Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariat for redressal of ESM grievances and answering their queries.

    (x) References/communications from MP/VIP, NHRC, DARPG, RTI cases as well as grievances/petitions having specific directions of higher authorities are followed up and monitored till final disposal. 

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    ANNEXURE IN RESPECT OF REPLY GIVEN IN PART (a) OF RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 507 FOR 7.2.2017 REGARDING WELFARE AND REHABILITATION SCHEMES FOR EX-SERVICEMEN

    WELFARE AND REHABLITATION SCHEMES FOR EX-SERVICEMEN 

    1. RAKSHA MANTRI DISCRETIONERY FUND (RMDF)

    S. No.
    Grants
    Amount (in Rs)

    1.
    Penury Grant (65 Yrs) :
    (Applicable to Non-Pensioners upto Hav Rank)
    1,000/-pm
    2.
    Education Grant:
    (Applicable to wards of Pensioners/Non-Pensioners  upto Hav Rank)
    (i) Boys/Girls upto Grdn
    (ii) Widows PG
    1,000/-pm
    3.
    Officer Cadet Grant: (for Cadets of NDA only)
    (Applicable to wards of  Pensioner/Non-Pen upto Hav Rank)
    1,000/-pm
    4.
    Disabled Children Grant:
    (Applicable to 100% disabled wards of  Pensioner/Non-pen upto Hav Rank)
    1,000/-pm
    5.
    House Repair Grant:
    (Applicable to Pensioner/Non-Pen upto Hav Rank for repair of own house damaged in Natural Calamity. Gazette Notification from State Govt required.) However, following categories may avail of the benefit even in case house damaged otherwise.
    • 100% Disabled ESM
    •  Orphan Daughter (of all ranks)


    20,000/-
    6.
    Daughter’s Marriage Grant:  (02 Daughters)
    (Applicable to daughters of Pensioner/Non-Pen upto Hav Rank)

    50,000/-
    (w.e.f 01 Apr 2016)
    Widow Re-Marriage Grant:
    (Applicable to widow of  Pensioner/Non-Pen upto Hav Rank)
    7.
    Funeral Grant:
    (Applicable to widow of Pensioner/Non-Pen upto Hav Rank)
    5,000/-
    8.
    Medical Grant:
    (Applicable to Non-pensioner upto Hav Rank and his dependent)

    30,000/-
    (Max)
    Medical Grant:
    (Applicable to Pensioner/Non-pensioner upto Hav Rank and dependents of Nepal)
       9.
    Orphan Grant:
    (Applicable to orphans of Pensioner/Non-pen All Ranks)
    • Daughters of ex-servicemen till she is married.
    • One Son of ex-servicemen upto 21 years of age.

    1,000/-pm
      10.
    Vocational Trg Grant For Widows:
    (Applicable to widows of Pensioner/Non-Pen upto Hav Rank)
    20,000/-
    (One Time)

    2. TREATMENT OF LISTED SERIOUS DISEASES:


    Serious Diseases (Listed only) Grant

    • Angioplasty
    • Angiography
    • CABG
    • OH Surgery
    • Valve Replacement
    • Pacemaker Implant
    • Renal implant
    • Prostate Surgery
    • Joint Replacement
    • Cerebral Stoke
    • Other Diseases: Where more than Rs. 1.00 lac has been spent on treatment



    • Dialysis
    • Cancer






    75%/90% of total expenditure (Officer and PBOR respectively). Upto a maximum of 1.25 Lac








    75%/90% of total expenditure (Officer and PBOR respectively). Upto a maximum of 75,000/- per FY only

    3. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED IN REHABLITATION OF DISABLED ESM:


    Ser
    Organization
      Quantum of Aid/Grant
    (a)
    Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centers:
    (i) Kirkee
    (ii) Mohali
    Provides to ESM who have lost their limbs while on active service.
    Estb Cost                   Inmate
    Rs. 20,00,000/-pa       30,000/-       

    Rs.10,00,000/-pa        pa per
    (wef. Apr 2015)          inmate
    (b)
    St. Dunstan’s After Care Organization, Dehradun Blinded Es-Servicemen
    Rs. 14,00,000/-pa
    (c)
    All India Gorkha Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, Dehradun
    Rs. 12,00,000/-pa
     (d)
    Cheshire Homes:

    (i) Lucknow
    (ii) Dehradun
    (iii) Delhi
    Rs. 9,000/-pa per inmate
    (e)
    War Memorial Hostels:- There are 36 WWHs which provide shelter to the children of War Widows/War disabled, attributable and non-attributable cases.
    Rs. 1,350/- per month per child


    4. MODIFIED SCOOTER GRANT: Rupees 57000/- provided to those ESM, who are disabled after service with a disability of 50% or more and who are not covered under the scheme of AG’s Branch of IHQ of MoD (Army Navy & Air Force).

    5. TOOL KIT OF EX-SERVICEMEN TECHNICIANS: Tool Kits are provided at a cost not exceeding Rs. 8000/- subject to fulfilling the following conditions:-

       (a) The individual should hold the qualification to utilize the tool kits.
       (b) The individual has the appropriate infrastructure to set up the proposed trade for himself.

    6. PRIME MINISTER’S SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME: To support higher technical/professional education of dependent wards/widows of ex-servicemen and Ex-Indian Coast Guards, the scheme was introduced in the year 2006. 5500 scholarships are being awarded annually under this scheme to wards of Ex-servicemen/widows to be shared equally between boys and girls. The rates of Scholarship are as follows:-

       (a) Rs. 2,000/- per month for boys.
       (b) Rs. 2,250/- per month for girls.

    7. RESERVATION FOR ESM IN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT:

    (a) Central Government Ministries/Departments:

         i) 10% Direct recruitment posts upto the level of Asst Comdt. In CPMF.
        ii) 10% Direct recruitment posts in Group ‘C’.
       iii) 20% Direct recruitment posts in Group ‘D'.

    (b) Central Public Sector Enterprises:

        i) 14.5% in Group ‘C’ Posts             Including 4.5% for Disabled & Widows.
       ii) 24.5% in Group ‘D’ Posts 

    (c ) Nationalized Bank:

        i) 14.5% in Group ‘C’ Posts            Including 4.5% for Disabled & Widows
       ii) 24.5% in Group ‘D’ Posts

    8. Resettlement Training: An option to undergo resettlement courses in reputed institutes pan India is provided to Officers, JCOs/OR and retired personnel’s through the office of DGR to enhance their educational qualifications and increase employment options post retirement. An exemption of 100% of the course fees is given to JCOs/ORs and 60% to officers. The exempted amount against the course fees is paid by the office of DGR. 

    9. Reservation in Allotment of Oil Product Agencies Under 8% Defence Quota: The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has reserved 8% quota for LPG Distributorship and Petrol/Diesel Retail Outlets for armed forces personnel, Central/State government employees, Central/State PSU employees and CAPF. This reservation is applicable to widows/dependents of those members of Armed Forces who died in war or in harness due to attributable or aggravated causes to Military Service. The eligibility certificate for the above distributorship is issued by the office of DGR. 

    10. Provision for Allotment of Class V Surplus Vehicle: All retired personnel and widows have an option of applying for allotment of one Class V surplus vehicle of their own choice that is available on a subsidized rate as per Government of India MoD OM No.10(1)2006/D(O-II) dated 20 April, 2006 &corrigendum dated 08 August, 2008. The initial registration is done by DGR and the final allotment is made by MGOs Branch as per the waiting period of the said vehicle. 

    11. Self Employment Options: 

    (a) ESM Coal Loading & Transportation Scheme: Based on a MoU signed between CIL and DGR on 12 Dec 2013, this scheme involves formation and running of a coal loading & transportation Company which is formed by ex-servicemen officers against demand by Coal Subsidiaries. The said company is registered as a Private Limited Company and carries out loading and transportation work at a designated site. It initially commences operations with 01 pay loader and 10 tippers which subsequently increases to maximum of 04 Pay loaders and 40 Tippers. All pay loaders are owned by the ESM Company. 

    (b) Tipper Attachment Scheme: This scheme is linked with the ESM Coal Loading and Transportation Scheme run under the aegis of DGR. Retired JCOs/OR/Widows/Dependents who have registered for the said scheme are required to attach a tipper truck with the above company. Ex-servicemen JCOs/OR pay the seed money to procure the tipper. 

    (c) Management of CNG Station: DGR has tie up with IGL to operate Company Owned and Company Operated CNG stations of Indraprastha Gas Limited(IGL) in NCR and Delhi by ex-servicemen officers. Retired defence officers who have registered for the said scheme are sponsored to IGL for interview. On selection, the officer is contracted for management of a CNG station on a yearly contractual basis for a maximum period of five years. The scheme is presently operational in Delhi/NCR and Pune. 

    (d) Management of Company Owned Company Operated Retail Outlets: Retired defence officers who have registered for the said scheme are sponsored to concerned oil company for interview to manage the COCO retail outlet of the concerned oil company. On selection, the officer is contracted for management of the retail outlet on a contractual basis for a maximum period of three years. The scheme is operational in Pan India. 

    (e) Management of Mother Dairy Booths/Safal Outlets: Retired JCOs/NCOs who have registered for the said scheme are sponsored to Mother Dairy Corporation for interview to manage their milk booths/Safal outlets in Delhi and NCR area. An initial training for the selected candidates is provided by Mother Dairy. 

    (f) Management of Gopaljee Dairy Booths: Retd JCOs/NCOs who have registered for the said scheme are sponsored to Gopaljee Dairy for interview to manage their milk booths in Delhi and NCR area. 

    (g) Assistance for Jobs in Private Sector: A Memorandum of Understating (MoU) was signed between DGR and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the aim to generate employment opportunity for ESM in the corporate sector in August 2014. To meet the above aim, five ESM job fairs have been organised pan India between Aug 14 till date. A large number of reputed corporate houses participated in the above fairs and provided job opportunities to ESM. These fairs provided a suitable platform to the ESM and Corporate employers for a one to one meeting and on the spot interview. In addition to the job fairs, a number of corporate houses like Uber, Ola, DLF Pramerica etc. have come out with exclusive schemes for ESM. 

    (h) Training: In compliance with Government of India notification dated 08 August 2015 as amended, DGR has already implemented NSDC protocol as part of Skill India Mission in resettlement training of DGR. Last year approximately 29000 retiring/retired service personnel received training in 168 Training Institutes. 

    12. Children Education Concession: Children’s Educational Concession being given to the wards of Armed Forces Personnel killed/missing/permanently disabled in various operations. 

    13. Travel Concessions: 

    (a) Rail Concession: Kirti and Shaurya Chakra Gallantry Awardees and their widows are provided with First Class/AC-II Tier Complimentary Card Pass along with one companion in all express/mail trains except Rajdhani and Shatabadi Express trains. Awardees and widows of posthumous awardees of PVC, MVC, VrC and Ashok Chakra are entitled to travel by Shatabadi and Rajdhani Express trains. War Widows and Widows of Defence personnel killed in action against terrorists and extremists are facilitated with 75% concession for travel in 2nd class Mail/Express trains. 

    (b) Air Travel Concession: Recipients of Level-I and Level-II Gallantry Awards, Pre-Independence Awards Level-I & Level-II, War disabled officers of 1962, 1965, 1971 war & Kargil war and war widows of Indian Armed Forces Personnel killed in action are eligible for 75% concession in normal economy class INR fare for travel in domestic flights by Air India. 

    14. Telephone Concession: The Chakra Series Gallantry Award Winners, War Widows and Disabled Soldiers get exemption from registration charges, installation charges including full and 50% concession in rental charges. They are also given priority under NON-OYT Special category for release of telephone connection. 

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