NEW DELHI: Families of
who die during operational service should get the same benefits as are provided to the next of
of ‘regular’ soldiers, a parliamentary
recommended on Thursday.
The parliamentary standing committee on defence, in its report tabled in Parliament, also said govt should consider increasing the ex gratia paid to families of soldiers dying in the
line of duty
by Rs 10 lakh in each of the different categories.
The committee also recommended in “unequivocal terms” that requisite measures should be initiated and put in place to “sensitise” different state governments to bring in uniformity in their granting of ex gratia funds for families of such soldiers.
On the four-year recruitment of all new soldiers, sailors and airmen under the Agnipath scheme, the panel said, “Considering the plight of family members/next of kin, the committee desires after martyrdom of an Agniveer, same benefits should be provided to his family members that are provided to the family of a regular soldier.”
As per entitlements of an Agniveer who dies in the line of duty, his or her family gets Rs 48 lakh as insurance, Rs 44 lakh as ex-gratia, the ‘Seva Nidhi’ component contributed by the Agniveer with an equal matching contribution by govt, and contribution of Rs 8 lakh from the Armed Forces Battle Casualty Fund. The family will also receive full pay from the date of death till the completion of four-year term.
Apart from a somewhat similar one-time lump-sum payment, families of
— unlike Agniveers — also get a liberalised family pension and ex-servicemen benefits, among other things, as reported by TOI earlier.