Dhami govt not ready to provide financial help to dependents of martyrs before 2014, preparing to bring an ordinance
Uttarakhand’s Dhami government will not give assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the dependents of soldiers who were martyred before the year 2014. Government has gone to the Supreme Court against order of High Court. Now it is preparing to bring an ordinance in this matter.
On March 5, 2014, the government had issued an order for an assistance of Rs 10 lakh for the dependents of the martyrs who laid down their lives for the defense of the country. According to the officials of the Sainik Welfare Department, it was said in the mandate that this order will apply to the soldiers who were martyred after March 2014.
On the martyrdom of soldier, wife of martyr will get 60 percent and the parents will get 40 percent assistance. If the parents are not alive then the wife will get the entire amount. According to the departmental officials, an act was also made regarding this in 2021, but on the petition made in the High Court by the relatives of some martyred soldiers, the High Court ordered an amount of 10 lakhs to be given to the families of martyred soldiers before March 5, 2014.
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The government filed a special petition in the High Court in this matter, but the government did not get relief. Which went to the Supreme Court against this decision of the High Court. At present, the Supreme Court has banned the grant of aid. There is a preparation to bring a chapter so that this assistance amount is not applicable to the families of soldiers who were martyred before March 5, 2014. At the same time, the department is also keeping an eye on the hearing of this case to be held on February 23 and 24 in the Supreme Court.
This is being told reason for bringing ordinance
According to the officials of the Sainik Welfare Department, since 2001 till now, 267 soldiers of the state have given their martyrdom for the country. While the number of martyr families before this is 1756. According to departmental officials, this is putting a lot of financial burden on the government. If this assistance is given to the families of these martyred soldiers, then since the independence of the country till now, the martyred families will also start demanding it.
There is a provision in the mandate and act for the assistance of 10 lakhs to the dependents of the martyr soldiers, that the assistance amount will be given to the dependents of the martyrs who died on or after March 5, 2014, but the High Court has ordered to give assistance to the dependents before that also. . An ordinance will be brought to amend the Act.