Welfare of Families of Martyrs

A well established mechanism is in place for grant of monetary benefits by Central and State Governments to the recipients of gallantry awards and their families in the event of death of awardee as indicated below: 

On receipt of the notification of the gallantry awards issued by President’s Secretariat, Service Hqrs. forward it to all Record Offices / concerned Rajya Sainik Board. 

Based on the notification and the concerned unit orders, the monetary benefits are released to the individual by the respective Pay and Allowances / Pension Disbursing Authority.

 The State Government also releases the applicable benefits directly to the individual / beneficiary. 

Rajya and Zila Sainik Boards are established at the State and District level to look after the welfare and provide financial assistance and other benefits to the Ex-servicemen and their dependents including families of gallantry awardees. 

Through a network of ECHS Polyclinics, Service medical facilities and civil empanelled / Government hospitals spread across the country, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme provides quality healthcare to Ex-Servicemen pensioners and their dependents. 

As such there is no information available regarding the widows of gallantry awardees including Param Veer Chakra being neglected and are in state of distress in the country. 

Further, the Government has exempted the War Widows and Widows of gallantry awardees including Param Veer Chakra and War Disabled from payment of subscription towards ECHS membership. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Purnmasi Ram in Lok Sabha today.