JAIPUR: The monthly pension of war widows given by state government is going to be doubled from Rs 4,000 as proposed by the department. The salaries of the ex-servicemen who are employed in various government departments post retirement are also to be increased. Till now they were being paid Rs 9,000. There are approximately 2.5 lakh veterans in the state and many of them are in government jobs after retiring from forces.
“We have sent a proposal for approval to increase the pension given to war widows from Rs 4,000 to Rs 8,000. This increase in the amount will be more beneficial. Also, we are trying to expedite the cases of financial matters of the kin of martyrs which are pending till now. There is an overall approach to make the lives of martyrs’ families more comfortable,” said an official of state soldier welfare department.
Post retirement, many ex-defence personnel opt for government jobs and the Welfare Board has also prepared a proposal to ease their way for getting a job. “The retired defence personnel go for other government jobs through the Sainik Cooperation and in spite of having reservation, at times they do not get the jobs because of competition from the freshers. The reservation doesn’t really help them, so we are working on getting the minimum points required for the jobs, reduced for the ex-servicemen”, said Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, state minister for transport and soldier welfare department.
There is also a proposal to increase the income of the veterans who take up other government jobs as second career, from Rs 9,000 which they get now to Rs 18,000.