As per a recent report, the government has removed Rs 10,000 cap on the education fee paid to the children of military personnel, killed in the line of duty, as announced on March 21, 2018.
The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare of the Defence Ministry had capped the tuition fee and hostel expenses for children of martyrs at Rs 10,000 per month, in line with the 7th Pay Commission, according to the order dated September 13, 2017.
However, as per the latest order dated March 21, 2018, for children studying in government or government-aided institutions military schools, other schools and institutions recognized by the central or state governments, and autonomous institutions, the cap has been lifted.
The Ministry of Defence had agreed to go through matter and introduced the same to the Ministry of Finance, which has issued instructions for the same. Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has granted the approval.
Minister of State for Defence Mr. Subhash Bhamre had mentioned in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha that out of a total 2,679 students during the year 2017-18, 193 were receiving amount more than the capped amount of tuition and hostel fee. Bhamre further mentioned in the letter that the savings were reported to be around Rs 3 crore. After the decision, almost 250 students were affected during 2017-18. The highest amount drawn was Rs 18.95 lakh per year for a student.
On December 18, 1971 – two days after Pakistani forces surrendered in Dhaka that led to the liberation of Bangladesh, the scheme was first announced. The scheme, introduced in the 1972 session, allowed full absolution of tuition and other fees for schools onwards.