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Thursday, August 26, 1999

Pension for war widows even after remarriage

PRESS TRUST OF INDA  
JAMMU, AUG 25: Rules have been amended for the continuance of pension benefits to widows of martyred soldiers even if they re-marry, Army Adjutant General Lt Gen S S Grewal has said.

Lt Gen Grewal, who was addressing officers at Nagrota, 12 kms from here, on Tuesday, said the government had enhanced ex-gratia relief to the families of the martyrs and offered guidelines for better investment of the grants issued.

He said the government would give the dependents of martyrs built-up accommodation for their living and that the Directorate Rehabilitation of the Armed Forces has been asked to make a case for the allotment of gas agencies, public call offices to the widows and next of kin.

Their children would be given free education and hostel facilities at the regimental centres and other places besides which grants would be offered for marrying their daughters, the Adjutant General said.

He asked young officers to marry the young war widows for the betterment of their lives and those of their children. Hesaid state governments were being approached to offer employment opportunities to the next of kin of the martyrs.

A cell has been created in the army headquarters to monitor the grievances of such families to look after their welfare, Lt Gen Grewal said.

Seriously injured will also be entitled to the benefits and their rehabilitation is also on top priority of the army, he said, adding the handicapped would be provided artificial limbs free and tri-cycles and modified scooters issued to them for their movement.

Copyright © 1999 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.


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