BENEFITS EXTENDED TO THE EX-SERVICEMEN & THEIR DEPENDENTS BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MAHARASHTRA

IInd World War Veterans/Widows. Financial assistance of Rs 1275/- per month to IInd world war veterans and their widows who are not in receipt of any pension.

Employment: -

  • 15% horizontal reservation has been provided to the ex-servicemen in Group C & D posts vide Government of Maharashtra, General Administration Department Circular No SRV-1097/CR-31/98/16A dated 16 Mar 99.
  • While filling up the posts in Group C & D the disabled ex-servicemen be considered on priority I. *
  • One ward of each defence personnel who die/disabled while in service be considered for employment in Group C & D Posts on priority II.* (*Auth: Government of Maharashtra, General Administration Department Resolution No RTA-1082/3502/CR-100/16A dated 02 Sep 1983)
  • Age Relaxation:- Ex-servicemen who have put in not less than six months continuous service in the Armed Forces are allowed to deduct from their age the length of continuous service in the Armed Forces plus three years. In the case of disabled ex-servicemen the age limit is relaxed up to 45 years for purpose of appointment to Class III and Class IV posts.

Relaxation/lowering of education qualifications:-

  • For appointment in Group C Posts, a matriculate ex-servicemen or who has obtained the Indian Army Special Certificate of Education & put in not less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces is considered eligible for appointment to the posts for which the essential educational qualification prescribed is graduation and;
  • For appointment in Group C & D posts where the prescribed minimum educational qualification is matriculation, an ex-servicemen who has passed VIII Class or the Indian Army Class I Examination and put in at least 15 years of service in the Armed Forces is considered fit to hold the post.

Educational Concessions:-

(a) To the Children, wives and widows of the Defence Personnel only. As per Education Department, Government of Maharashtra Resolution No.NDF-1072/2487-S dt.10 Nov 1972 for the purpose of educational concessions to Children, wives and widows the Defence Services Personnel are classified into following four categories - A, B, C & D:-

  • Category A. This category consists of the children, wives & widows of Defence services personnel of all rank who have been killed or disabled or missing in action in any of the past, present, or future conflicts since 1962 and also of personnel who died (or may die) as a result of adverse climate or high altitude in forward areas.
  • Concessions available to Category A:-
    • Free studentships at all stages of education from Std I to post graduate stage in the recognized educational institutions in the state.
    • Grants for books, stationery and clothing.
    • Grants to meet hostel charges in full (boarding and lodging) for those who are studying or who will study in boarding schools and colleges.
  • Category B:- This category consists of children & wives of defence Service personnel & members of the border security force of the rank of combatant, Junior Commissioned Officers and other lower ranks in the Army and the equivalent cadres in the Navy and Air Force and also widows and children of deceased personnel of all ranks who died or may die a natural death while in Defence Service.
  • Concessions available to Category B:-
    • Free studentships at all stages of education from Standard I to post graduate stage in the recognized educational institutions in the State as are available to category ‘A’.
    • Grants for books and clothing for education up to SSC/HSSC.
  • Category C:- This category consists of children, wives & widows of the winners of military decorations like Veer Chakra, Mahaveer Chakra, Paramveer Chakra etc irrespective of the ranks of such personnel.
  • Concessions available to Category C:- The same concessions as are available to the category “B”.
  • Category D:- This category comprises of persons who joined the Armed forces while studying during the past, present or any future emergencies and who intend to complete their education after their release from the armed forces.
  • Concessions available to Category D:- Free studentships at all stages of education in the recognised educational institutions in the state & grants for books and other expenditure @ Rs.600/- per annum.

(b) Extending above concessions to the Children, wives and widows of the Ex-servicemen. As per Government of Maharashtra, Education & Employment Department Resolution No NDF-1079/222920(537)Gen-5 dated 14 Jan 1985 the educational concessions granted under the aforesaid orders to ‘B’ category of defence service personnel have been extended to the children, wives and widows of ex-servicemen who are domiciled in Maharashtra or recruited in Maharashtra and who were/are holding the position up to the rank of Major or its equivalent cadre in Navy and Airforce (or below the rank of Major or its equivalent) at the time of retirement from Defence Service. The following educational concessions will be granted under this scheme:-

  • Free Studentships to all stages of education (From Std I to Post-graduate stage) in the recognised and aided educational institutions in the State. Free Studentships will mean exemption from tuition fee, admission fee, library fee, laboratory fee.
  • Grants for Books and Uniform for education up to SSC / HSC stage in the recognised and aided educational institutions.

(c) Reservation of Seats for Children of Defence Personnel /Ex-servicemen in Professional Colleges. Five (5) percent seats subject to a maximum of five (5) seats are reserved for the children of Defence Service Personnel and Ex-servicemen in each Government University, Government-Aided Engineering College, Polytechniques, B.Ed/D.Ed, Medical and Dental Colleges. On similar lines reservation exists in Private Engineering Colleges.

Land:-Provision exists for giving priority for distribution of Government land for cultivation to serving soldiers/ex-servicemen vide Govt of Maharashtra Revenue & Forest Dept G.C. No.LND-1070/37565-A dated 18 May 1971 under the following conditions :-

  • The condition of residence within the radius of 8 Kms of the land available for distribution has been relaxed stating that ‘ If the serving defence person/ex-serviceman is residing in a particular District where the land is available for distribution and if such land is not available in the Tehsil of his residence, he will be eligible for allotment of land any where in that District wherein he is residing’.
  • Annual Income limit has been raised from Rs. 35000/- to Rs. 1 Lakh

(Authority :- Govt of Maharashtra Revenue & Forest Department Resolution No.LAND-10/2000/1005/C.R.161/L-1 dated 12 Jul 07)

Residential Plots :

  • Provision exists for grant of Government land without auction but on payment of market value for residential purpose in villages and towns to Defence Personnel and Ex-servicemen retired after independence. (Authority :- Revenue & Forests dept Resolution No.LND-1064/97200-4 dated 13 Feb 64 and No LND-1064/172051A dated 04 Nov 65.
  • Provision exists for reserving some plots in Gaothan Extension or a Village according to population of Defence personnel/Ex-servicemen residing in that village for residential purpose.
  • As land is no longer available in towns/cities co-operative societies of Defence personnel and Ex-servicemen will be given preference for allotment of plots.

(Authority :- Govt of Maharashtra GR No LND/1067/83257/A1 dated 28 Jul 72 )

Housing Scheme :

  • Under the provisions of Govt Resolution No.AGN-1184/(2388)/Ka.9A dated 14 Jul 1986, Defence personnel who have received gallantry awards (Mahavir Chakra, Param Veer Chakra, Veer Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra, etc ) and families of soldiers died while in service are included in the Government nominated categories for distribution of 10 % commercial shops/flats available to government for distribution.
  • Under the provisions of Section 23 of Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999, member of armed forces of the Union is entitled to recover from his tenant the possession of any premises owned by him, on the ground that such premises are bonafide & required by him for occupation by himself or any member of his family, by making an application for recovery of possession of his premises to the competent authority within one year of retirement.
 
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