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Kendriya Sainik Board:
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CONCESSIONS AND BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO WAR WIDOWS/WAR DISABLED AND RETIRED/SERVING DEFENCE PERSONNEL
Education
Educational Concessions
1. Children of Defence personnel killed or disabled in action, including casualties of OP PAWAN and MEGHDOOT, who are studying in educational institutions under the Department of Education are entitled to the following educational concessions (Authority: AG's Branch, Army HQ letter No.56268/Policy/AG/ CW-3(b) dated 17 Aug 90 and Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education) letter No.F.14-1/94-School-1 dated 10 Nov 95).
Admission into Professional Colleges
2. Medical and Engineering.
  Around 28 seats in MBBS and one seat in BDS and 2 seats in Engineering College at Annamalai University are available through KSB for wives/widows and wards of categories of Defence personnel in the following order of priority:
 
  1. Killed in action.
  2. Disabled in action and boarded out from service.
  3. Died while in service with death attributable to military service.
  4. Disabled in service and boarded out with disability attributable to military service.
  5. Gallantry Award/Other Award Winners.
3. Reservation of seats in IITs.
  A joint entrance examination is conducted every year by the six IITs for admission to the IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Banaras Hindu University Institute of Technology. Two seats in each of the above six institutes are reserved for children of the Defence/Para Military Force Personnel killed or permanently disabled in action. Such candidates are however, required to qualify in the joint entrance examination.
4. Reservation in Sainik and Military Schools.
 
  1. Sainik Schools. 25 percent seats for serving and ex-Services personnel.
  2. Military Schools. Reservation of seats for wards of JCOs/ORs : 67 percent & Officers : 20 percent.
5. Reservation of seats in professional colleges for ex-Servicemen and serving personnel granted by States/UTs are covered in the later chapters under each State/UT.
Accommodation in War Memorial Hostels
6. 35 War Memorial Hostels have already been constructed in various Regimental Centres. These hostels provide accommodation to wards of war bereaved, disabled and attributable/non attributable peace time casualties to enable them to pursue their studies. KSB provides Rs.600/- p.m., education grant for each child except in respect of non-attributable cases where the grant is Rs.300/- p.m., Location of War Memorial Hostels in States/UTs is detailed at Appendix 'B’.
 
Medical
Entitlement for Medical Treatment from Service Hospitals for ex-Service Pensioners and their Families as per existing orders.
7. Ex-Service pensioners and their families are entitled to medical treatment from service hospitals under provision of Para 296(O) of RMSAP 1983.
Medical Benefits for ex-Servicemen/Widows and Dependents
8. Through Service Hospitals and Medical Establishments.
 

Ex-Servicemen, their families and families of deceased service personnel drawing pension of any kind are entitled to free out-patient treatment at Military Hospitals. These personnel can also be provided in-patient treatment in such hospitals subject to certain conditions. 24 MI Rooms and 12 Dental Centres have been created from the funds provided by the Service HQs and KSB for providing medical facilities to ex-Servicemen pensioners and their dependents.

9. Through State Government Hospitals.
  Ex-Servicemen can also avail medical treatment from their State Govt Hospitals as normal State citizens.
10. Financial Assistance for Medical Treatment
 
  1. All ex-Servicemen suffering from serious diseases are given financial assistance for treatment in civil hospitals in case they cannot be treated in Military Hospitals and have not availed similar assistance from other sources. These are :-
    1. By-pass surgery, Angiography, Angioplasty, - 90% and 75% of Open Heart Surgery/Valve replacement, the authorization in Pacemaker implant, Kidney/Renal Transplant. case of JCOs/ Ors
      & Offrs respectively.
    2. Stroke, Arterial Surgery, Prostate Surgery &
                             - do -
      Total Joint replacement.
    3. Cancer/Spastic Paraplegic, Dialysis
                             - do -
Notes
 
  1. KSB has tied up with different specialised hospi tals in the country for direct payment of 90 percent and 75 percent of the stipulated amount on account of treatment of JCOs/ORs & Officers respectively. For the purpose, letter issued by KSB is required to be sent by the ESM to the concerned Hospital.
  2. Those ex-Servicemen who have been members of AGI/AFGI Medical Benefit Scheme and have already availed financial benefits from them are considered for financial assistance from Kendriya Sainik Board if they go in for subsequent treatment of serious disease and are not eligible for availing AGI/AFGI benefits for any further financial assistance.
  New Scheme
  Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS): Govt of India has announced ECHS for medicare of all ex-Servicemen in receipt of pension including Disability pension and Family pensioners vide letter No. 22(1)/01/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 30 Dec 2002. Details are given in Chapter - 9.
 
Travel
11. Rail Travel Concession.
  Govt. of India have announced free rail travel in I-Class/II-AC Class to the recipients of PVC, Ashok Chakra, MVC, Kirti Chakra, VrC and Shourya Chakra and the widows of posthumous winners of these Gallantry Awards alongwith a companion. (Ministry of Railways letter No. E(W)96PS 5-6/22 dated 23 Feb 96). The Govt of India has also announced that the scheme is applicable for travel in Rajdhani and Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi Express trains only for recipients of PVC,MVC and VrC.
12. 75 percent concession in rail fare for travel in II Class is available to war widows including those of IPKF and Kargil casualties. This concession can be availed on production of the I-Card issued by the KSB.
13. Air Travel Concession.
  Following categories of personnel are eligible to 50 percent concession in fare for air travel in domestic flights of the Indian Airlines:-
 
  1. 75% concession to Recipients of Gallantry Awards of class I & Class II viz. PVC, Ashok Chakra, MVC and Kirti Chakra, Victoria Cross, George Cross, Distinguished Service cross, Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross and George Medal.
  2. 50% concession to permanently war disabled officers who have been invalidated out of service and the dependent members of their families.
  3. 50% concession to War widows of post Independence era.
 
CSD Canteen
14. Canteen Facilities. In accordance with Army Order AO 32/84, Ex-Servicemen and their families and ex-Defence personnel with minimum 5 years of service are entitled to CSD (I) Canteen facilities available in units/establishments. Cadets/Recruits boarded out on medical grounds are also entitled to avail CSD facilities.
Priority Telephone Facilities

15.

The following categories of subscribers are exempted from payment of Registration Charges and installation charges for priority telephones connection under Non-OYT/Special Category and are entitled to 50 percent concession in normal rental charges. However, Gallantry Award winners are entitled to full concession in normal rental charges. (Authority : Ministry of Communications (Department of Telecom Services) letter No. 2-47/92-PHA dated 19 Mar 93, circular NO 7/2000 dated 13 Jun 2000 and 2.47/92 PHA dt 18 Sep 2000):
 
  1. Gallantry Award Winners in the three Services (PVC, Ashok Chakra, MVC, KC, VrC & SC).
  2. War widows.
  3. Disabled soldiers.
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