The Armed Forces personnel by virtue of isolation imposed by service conditions generally remain cut off from society. Some of them get married after their release from service, and consequently have children at a late stage in life. In the unfortunate event of the demise of both ESM and his spouse in an accident or due to natural causes/disease, the young offspring is left orphaned. Most of time, orphaned child is neglected by his/her relatives and is financially handicapped. The problem is more pronounced in the case of orphans of non pensioner ESM. In such a case, it is responsibility of the organization to support such orphans and ensure their education-cum-settlement. This scheme to provide financial assistance to the orphaned children of ESM was started in May 2007 with an amount of Rs 500/- per month for girls and revised in Oct 2011 with Rs 1,000/-pm irrespective of child's gender.
The aim of this aid gratis is to provide a small measure of relief from total penury to an orphaned child of an ESM.
For the eligible Orphan out of AFFDF is provided at a rate of Rs.1000/- per month during the financial year.
The following criteria must be fulfilled:-
- (a) Applicant must be a legitimate offspring of an ESM.
- (b) Orphan should be aged below 21 years for son or unmarried daughter.
- (c) Should be recommended by respective Zila Sainik Board (ZSB).