The Indian Army plans to set up two dedicated boarding schools for children of army martyrs and those who were disabled in action. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat informed that the proposal has already been given in-principle approval from the government.
As per government’s scheme, it caps Rs 10,000 per month for educational assistance to the children of martyrs and those who were disabled while on duty. Somehow, this scheme was misused by some and the purpose of providing quality education to children of personnel who lost their lives for the nation, was not fulfilled. Hence, the Indian Army officials decided to start-up two special army boarding schools for these children and the proposal has already received in-principle permission to start-up. As per Army Chief’s statement, the schools will be ready within 3-4 years and once functional, they will provide educational support to the children of martyrs of Indian Army.
These two boarding schools will be developed in line with the Delhi’s Sanskriti school – of which, one will be built in Pathankot and the other will be set up either in Secunderabad or Bhopal. Students can then study in these boarding schools and once they complete their graduation, they can opt for further studies in army run colleges. Rawat said that once these boarding schools become operational, the government can pull back the educational assistance scheme of paying Rs 10,000 per month and use those funds in maintaining the boarding schools.
However, if the government does not provide funds for the schools, then the army will take care of the financial needs of children of martyrs or those who were disabled in action. This plan has been closely reviewed by Indian Army so that these schools can benefit genuine people and the scheme actually reaches to those for whom it is meant. Back in 1972, a scheme was passed that completely waived off the tuition fees of children of martyrs and disabled in action, for all schools, colleges and other educational institutes across the nation. However, back in 1972, the government capped educational assistance amount to just Rs 10,000 per month, which was not well received by the army, and hence the idea of the rule.