Ex-IAF chief clarifies compensation process for Agniveers amid controversy

Ex-IAF chief clarifies compensation process for Agniveers amid controversy

Ex-IAF chief clarifies compensation process for Agniveers amid controversy

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RKS Bhadauria explains the comprehensive process behind compensation settlement and addresses concerns about delays.

In the midst of an ongoing controversy regarding the settlement of compensation for a deceased Agniveer soldier, former Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief RKS Bhadauria has provided clarification on the matter. Speaking in a recent interview, Bhadauria emphasized that the compensation process for Agniveer soldiers is identical to that of regular soldiers.

Explaining the procedural steps, Bhadauria stated that the settlement of compensation involves a series of guidelines and typically spans two to three months. He elaborated, “There is a process for compensation and other amounts, whether it is a battle casualty or a physical casualty. This process requires certain documents such as the post-mortem report, incident reports, a court of inquiry, and a police report. These steps are essential to establish the eligibility for compensation.”

Addressing the time taken to finalize the compensation, Bhadauria said, “Normally, it takes two to three months due to the inquiry involved.” He refuted claims that Agniveers’ families are left uninformed about the process, stating that defence personnel in the units are in constant contact with the families, explaining the procedures in detail.

“Every unit takes great care. They are at pains to be in touch with the family, always explaining the process at length,” Bhadauria noted. He acknowledged that the families’ trauma might create a sense of confusion, but emphasized that the defence units strive to provide clarity and support.

Bhadauria highlighted the immediate steps taken following a soldier’s death, mentioning that a substantial portion of the insurance amount is credited to the next of kin promptly. “Whenever such an incident happens, whether it is a battle casualty or physical casualty, the insurance amount is credited straightaway. Normally, 50 per cent is credited within 24 to 48 hours, and then the family is consulted on how they would like the remaining amount to be managed,” he said.

He further clarified that the next of kin for the soldier is clearly defined, eliminating any confusion about the recipient of the compensation. Bhadauria also mentioned the financial guidance provided to the deceased soldier’s family, which is facilitated by the insurance company and defence personnel.

Bhadauria also addressed the specific case of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, who was killed in a landmine blast near the Line of Control in Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir. He noted that the family will receive an additional ₹67 lakh, bringing the total compensation to ₹1.65 crore. Bhadauria explained that this amount includes the ex-gratia from the Army central welfare fund and the balance of payment for the unserved portion and the Seva Nidhi package.

“The total emoluments for Ajay Kumar’s next of kin will be of the order of ₹1.65 crores. These are the hard facts,” he stated.

In conclusion, Bhadauria reiterated that the compensation process for Agniveers is handled with the same diligence and care as for regular soldiers. He emphasized the government’s role in ensuring comprehensive support for the families of fallen soldiers.