Widows of gallantry award winners to get pension without any 'foolish' conditions
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 21-Nov-2017

New Delhi, November 21: The Defence Ministry has abolished the condition of remarriage with late husband’s brother for continuation of monetary allowance of widows of Gallantry Award recipients.

 

As per the existing condition for granting monetary allowance to winners of gallantry awards, the allowance is given to the recipient, and on his death, to his widow. Additionally the condition to receive the monetary allowance was the widow shall receive monetary allowance until her remarriage or death. But if she marries her late husband’s brother then she was eligible for the pension as she was with the living heir.

But this condition has been abolished; the allowance shall be admissible to the recipient of the award and on his death to his widow lawfully married by a valid ceremony. The widow will continue to receive the allowance until her death.

This issue was considered by the Government of India and it has now been decided to remove the condition of the widow’s remarriage with the late husband’s brother for continuation of the monetary allowance vide MoD letter dated November 16, 2017.

The allowance shall be admissible to the recipient of the award and on his death to his widow lawfully married by a valid ceremony. The widow will continue to receive the allowance until her death.