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Benefits for Agniveer Who Loses His Life in Action

The comprehensive package includes insurance, ex-gratia payments, contributions from various funds, and Laxman's remaining salary for four years.

In response to concerns over the financial support given to the family of the late Agniveer soldier, Gawate Akshay Laxman, who bravely met his end in the challenging terrains of Siachen, the Indian Army has provided a clear statement. The compensation for the soldier’s family is based on the specific terms and conditions of his service.

Laxman’s brave act in Siachen, known as the globe’s highest militarized region with extreme cold and winds, garnered deep respect and empathy throughout India. Recognizing this sentiment, the Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of MoD (Army), used social media platforms to confirm the Army’s commitment to Laxman’s family and to address any financial support misconceptions that had arisen online.

The designated compensation for the family comprises multiple elements:

  • A non-contributory insurance sum of Rs 48 lakh.
  • An ex-gratia amount of Rs 44 lakh.
  • A Seva Nidhi contribution by Agniveer at 30%, matched equally by the government, plus the associated interest.
  • The soldier’s salary from his passing until the end of four years, currently more than Rs 13 lakh.
  • An added contribution of Rs 8 lakh from the Armed Forces Battle Casualty Fund.
  • An immediate financial relief of Rs 30,000 facilitated by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA).

Elaborating on the matter, the ADG PI mentioned, “Benefits authorized to a deceased battle casualty include: Non-contributory insurance of Rs 48 lakh; Seva Nidhi from Agniveer (30%), matched by the government, and its interest; Ex-gratia of Rs 44 lakh; Remaining salary for four years (over Rs 13 lakh in this case); Rs 8 lakh from the Armed Forces Battle Casualty Fund; and Rs 30,000 immediate assistance from AWWA.”

The Indian Army’s dedication to supporting these heroes’ families underscores the country’s deep gratitude for their supreme sacrifices.

The Editorial Team at SSBCrack consists of professional writers, journalists and defence aspirants.

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