‘Deceased’ soldier’s mother to get pension benefits

‘Deceased’ soldier’s mother to get pension benefits

NEW DELHI, Apr 9: The Defence Ministry on Monday gave its approval for a special family pension and Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia amount to Kamla Devi, mother of Rifleman late Rinku Ram, who had fallen into a raging river during patrolling in 2009 along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh. Body of JAK Rifleman has not yet been found.

Recently, Devi had approached the Armed Forces Tribunal in Chandigarh to get her son’s pension as she had been told that pension would be released only after the body was found.

“Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman immediately got the case examined. Kamla Devi, mother of Late Rifleman Rinku Ram, JAK Rifles could not be granted Ordinary Family Pension as the family income of the claimant exceeded the prescribed income criteria for admissibility of Ordinary Family Pension,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“However, under the provisions of the Indian Evidence Act, a person missing for more than 7 years may be presumed dead. Hence in the case of Late Rifleman Rinku Ram the death certificate has been issued by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh on April 4, 2018,” it added.

As per the Pension Payment Order, Devi will get Rs 7000 per month with effect from November 2009 to December 2015 as a Special Family Pension. Thereafter, she will receive Rs 17,990 per month as per admissibility. In addition, gross death-cum-retirement gratuity (DCRG) of Rs 86,106 minus ECHS of Rs 15,000 and ex-gratia lump sum of Rs 10 lakh had also been sanctioned. (UNI)

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