Army men posted along China border to get liberalised family pensions

Army men posted along China border to get liberalised family pensions

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) liberalised Family Pension -- so far given to soldiers posted along the line of Control and the International Border with Pakistan -- has been extended to Army personnel working along the line of Actual Control as well, an official statement said on Wednesday.

According to the Defence Ministry, the liberalised Family Pension covers "accidental death or injury sustained due to natural calamities such as flood, avalanche, landslide, cyclone, fire and lightening or drowning in river while performing operational duties or in action against enemy forces and armed hostilities in operational area to include deployment on international border or line of control".

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has "approved that the benefit of liberalised Family Pension be extended to Army personnel working along the line of Actual Control (lAC) along the India-China borders in the same manner as for Army personnel working on the loC and International Border", the Ministry said.

The liberalised Family Pension provides for 100 per cent of the last reckonable emoluments in comparison to normal family pension which provides for 30 per cent of last reckonable emoluments.

--IANS

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