Nirmala Sitharaman urges finance ministry to remove Rs 10,000 tuition fee assistance cap for children of 'martyrs'

New Delh: The defence ministry has requested the finance ministry to remove the cap of Rs 10,000 per month on educational assistance given to children of 'martyrs' or those disabled in action, official sources said on Saturday.

On 1 July, 2017, the government had issued an order saying the assistance under the scheme cannot exceed Rs 10,000 per month, triggering widespread discontent among all the three services.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC), comprising the Army, Navy and the Air Force chiefs, had also written to the defence ministry requesting it to remove the cap.

Under the scheme, which was initially rolled out in 1972, tuition fee of children of 'martyrs' or those disabled in action were completely waived in schools, colleges and other professional educational institutions.

"Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has requested the finance ministry to remove the cap. We are hoping for a favourable decision," a defence ministry source said.

Approximately 250 students were affected during the 2017-18 financial year following the government's decision to cap the assistance, according to officials.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre in
January had said that the annual saving on account of putting the cap would be Rs 3.20 crore per annum. He had said the highest amount drawn has been reported to be Rs 18.95 lakh per annum per student.

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Updated Date: Feb 10, 2018 19:19:08 IST

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