In recognition of valour of soldier and martyrs and giving the correct financial support to the family who too sacrifice their happiness, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar increased the amount paid to Martyr family from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh.
The revision of compensation for the family paid by the government welfare fund was earlier done by Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998 and second revision came after long gap of 18 years and that too by NDA Government.
The hike approved by Manohar Parrikar will help soldier like Lance Naik Hanumanthappa who have died in 2016 as this hike will be covered under 7th Pay commission.
All the soldiers who died while performing their duty or fighting at borders came under this rule. Their Kin will be given Rs 25 lakh now in comparison to Rs 10 lakh earlier. This amount will completely be given by Welfare Fund. Soldiers who are providing services at Siachen and LOC will get Rs 35 lakh in comparison to Rs 15 lakh earlier.
For Death occurring in war zone or war like engagement in foreign country, the compensation has been increased from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 45 lakh. In this Government also included Indian Navy and Indian Airforce in this category.
With This Step, Government clearly shown their Soldier friendly intent and this is huge revision which will certainly boost the morale of Armed Forces.
Congratulations to all Indian Armed Forces for this beautiful gift announced by Government of India led by Narendra Modi.