Seven new schemes have been launched for the welfare of ex-servicemen or their dependants in Punjab to enable optimum utilisation of income generated from the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.
The schemes, approved at the meeting of the state managing committee of the Punjab Amalgamated Fund last week, will entail an expenditure of Rs 1,05 crore annually. The current income from the fund is approximately Rs 2.80 crore, while the expenditure on various ongoing welfare schemes is Rs 1.50 crore.
Under a scheme approved for providing financial assistance for medical treatment to ex-servicemen who are not in receipt of any pension or members of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, 40 cases per year will be given a grant of up to Rs 50,000 each.
After it was pointed out that next of kin of defence personnel dying in harness, other than battle casualties, do not receive any financial benefits from the state government, it was decided that 20 cases per year will be given a grant of Rs 50,000 each. It was also resolved that widows will be provided a sustenance allowance of Rs 3,000 per month for two to six months or till the start of their pension. Up to 50 cases per annum will be covered under this scheme.