This 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation may burn a hole in ex-servicemen’s pocket

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New Delhi: Since the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission in August this year, resentment among the government employees has been brewing. Now, adding to it, the Defence Ministry is likely to take a decision on capping the educational expenses paid to the children of ex-servicemen as per the Commission’s recommendations.

Amid demands not to go ahead with the decision, a letter dated September 13, issued by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, capped the fee for tuition and hostel at Rs 10,000 per month, as per the 7th CPC recommendations.The ministry was apprised of the matter indicating that a decision on the issue could be taken soon, reported IANS citing a source.

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar wrote to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday urging her not to cap the total expenditure towards tuition fee and hostel charge at Rs 10,000.

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Chandrasekhar, in his letter to the minister, said capping the fund “goes against the very principal by which this scheme was implemented”.

Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former army chief and Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh had also urged the minister to review the move.

It is worth mentioning that the scheme for government bearing the cost of education of ex-servicemen’s children was announced in the Lok Sabha on December 18, 1971 – two days after the Pakistani forces surrendered in Dhaka after the India-Pakistan war that led to liberation of Bangladesh.

With IANS Inputs

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