We lost 1179 defense personnel between 2006 to 2015, personnel belonging to the north, south, east and west of the country. They would have been alive, spending time with their families, seeing their kids grow up but instead they were asked to wear the boots, put on the uniform, hold the guns, patrol the borders and take the bullet.
Their families are then compensated, depending on how long their loved one was in the line of duty, their rank etc. And its not like the soldiers who did not take the bullet are any more fortunate. They operate under extremely different conditions, both physical and mental, Siachen being the ultimate battle field testing the limits of human endurance.
While the soldiers have been duly serving their responsibilities ever since India’s Independence, the politicians on the other hand, had been simply evading their responsibilities and I guess to a large extent, so did we.
All the governments since independence till date, in crisis, have resorted to waging war to achieve peace, instead of pursuing peace to avoid war. And even during those wars, it was negotiations and international pressure, that brought the wars to an end.
Or at least let war not be the first option and let it be the only option left after
- Negotiations failed
- Peaceful attempts and dialogues failed
- International pressure failed
- Improving the conditions of the people failed
1. The following monetary benefits/compensation to the Next of Kin (NoK):
- Liberalised Family Pension as applicable to Battle casualty which is equal to emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.
- Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity which is based on length of service rendered and emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.
- Army Group Insurance Fund :-
- Officers – Rs. 60 Lakhs
- Junior Commissioned Officers(JCOs)/Other Rank (OR)– Rs. 30 Lakhs
- (d) Army Group Insurance Maturity which is based on the contribution made by the deceased Army personnel.
- (e) Army Wives Welfare Association Fund :-
- Officers – Rs. 10,000/-
- JCOs/OR – Rs. 15,000/-
- Army Officers Benevolent Fund – Rs. 50,000/-
- Army Central Welfare Fund – Rs. 30,000/-
2. Ex-gratia lump sum compensation from Central Government are as under :-
- Death occurring due to accidents in the course of duties – Rs. 10 Lakhs.
- Death in the course of duties attributable to acts of violence by terrorists, etc. – Rs. 10 Lakhs.
- Death occurring during enemy action in war or border skirmishes or in action against militants, terrorist, etc. – Rs. 15 Lakhs.
- Death occurring while on duty in the specified high altitude, inaccessible border posts, etc. on account of natural disasters, extreme weather conditions – Rs. 15 Lakhs.
- Death occurring during enemy action in International war or war like engagements which are specifically notified by Ministry of Defence- Rs. 20 Lakhs.
3. Disability/ War injury element of pension released by Principal Controller of Defence Accounts(P) Allahabad.
4. Other benefits are :-
- Education concession.
- Travel concession.
- Telephone concession.