Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has requested the Finance Ministry to remove education fee cap for children of soldiers who lost lives. Asserting that the soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice by giving their life for the nation, the provision for the educational concession to their children was just a small gesture to recognise their commitment to the defence of our country, Nirmala Sitharaman had previously written in a letter. In 2017, the monthly expenditure on tuition and hostel charges was capped at Rs 10,000 by the defence ministry after a recommendation of the 7th pay commission.
However, Nirmala Sitharaman said that the decision to put a cap on the monthly expenditure would be reconsidered. Meanwhile, according to sources, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government had earlier said that cap on the monthly expenditure will be lifted, but so far, it doesn’t seem to happen. Now when Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has once again raised the issue, it will be interesting to study further developments. Apart from the issue of monthly expenditure being in the talks, the government will also set up two-boarding schools in order to promote education for children of martyrs, soldiers who are always ready of their great sacrifice for the country.
Talking about army personnel who are committed to guard the nation, at least 5-7 soldiers have been injured after terrorists targeted Sunjwan Army camp terror attack on Saturday. Reports suggest that the Indian Army had cordoned off the area and are launching search operations to locate the 3-4 hiding terrorists. So far, at least two terrorists have been neutralised while the hunt for other is still underway. The terror attack has come after Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control for more than three times in less than 72 hours.