The Defence Ministry has requested the Finance Ministry to remove the cap of Rs 10,000 per month on educational assistance given to children of martyrs or those disabled in action, official sources said on Saturday, 10 February.On 1 July last year, the government had issued an order saying the assistance under the scheme cannot exceed Rs 10,000 per month, triggering widespread discontent among all the three services.The Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC), comprising the Army, Navy and the Air Force chiefs, had also written to the Defence Ministry requesting it to remove the cap.Under the scheme, which was initially rolled out in 1972, tuition fee of children of martyrs or those disabled in action were completely waived in schools, colleges and other professional educational institutions.Changing Def Min Will Hurt Military Readiness and ModernisationThe Defence minister has requested the Finance Ministry to remove the cap. We are hoping for a favourable decision.A Defence Ministry source saidDear India, Please Pay Attention to Our Education SystemApproximately 250 students were affected during the current financial year following the government's decision to cap the assistance, according to officials.Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre last month had said that the annual saving on account of putting the cap would be Rs 3.20 crore per annum. He had said the highest amount drawn has been reported to be Rs 18.95 lakh per annum per student.Earlier, the government order had placed the cap at Rs 10,000 a month. The military had in December requested the government to end the cap, which they said had impacted over 3,000 students since its implementation on 1 July.Military Asks Govt to End Cap on Educational Aid to Martyrs’ Kids We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.