The schemes for the ex-servicemen and their families are to help them benefit from the various facilities such as hostels and rest houses, financial assistance for educational purpose, seat reservation in eminent educational institutes and fee concessions in education for children of ex-servicemen.
Hostel facilities: - DSW is running hostels with an approximate strength of 40 to 100 boys and girls in all districts of Maharashtra on a no-profit and no loss basis. The hostels are established for the benefit of the wards of war widows, widows of ex-servicemen and serving soldiers.
The hostels are equipped with computers, dining hall, re-creation room, hot water, full-fledge library, cots with bedding and mosquito net etc. The special attention is paid to the inmate’s safety and health. The lodging is provided free of cost and three meals are at subsidized rates.Priority admission is given to wards of War widows, widows of ex-service men. Fee structure is based on the rank of ex-servicemen. The residence of the students is for the academic year i.e. first day of college to last day of exam.
Financial assistance for education: - Children’s of War widows, widows and ex-servicemen will be provided financial assistance for education from Benevolent fund and KSB (RMDF fund), New Delhi. The help will be given under 2001 rule of Benevolent fund (revised in 2008). To get financial assistance under Benevolent fund rule, the applications must be submitted to ZillaSainik Welfare Office to sanction the amount in concerned schemes. To maintain transparency in the transactions the sanctioned amount is transferred to their bank account through ECS.
For the school education up to 12th standard the financial assistance for books, uniform and tuition fee is 1000 per Annum. For students studying in Govt. recognized colleges DSW provides assistance up toRs5,000. PA. Financial assistance up to 10,000 is been providedfor professional courses. Students studying Engineering, Medical graduation, MBA, BCA, Bed, BP.Ed, B.Sc and other professional courses recognized by government of Maharashtra are also being benefited.
Apart from the academic and professional studies, some monitory help is also extended for the students who are preparing for competitive exams such as nursing, catering, tailoring, gram sevaketc in PCTC as well. Further financial assistance is provided for education in foreign countries also.
Reservation in Educationalinstitutes:
every medical and dental college to keep 5 % seats of the intake capacity for children of ex-servicemen. The same rule is applicable for engineering colleges, pharmacy, polytechnic and Agriculture colleges etc. Further 5 % ofreservation is kept for the direct admission to 2nd year in engineering colleges after polytechnic diploma.
2% seats are reserved for post graduation in professional studies like ME, M.ed, M.sc. 1% seats are reserved for ITI and 3 % seats for non- professional courses like BA,MA, M.Com etc.
The 5 % reservation is extended to children of ex-servicemen in Schoolsalso. For University education, the availability of reserved seats is 10% for overall intakes.
On this occasion, Col (Retd) Suhas S. Jatkar, Director said“Our aim is to reach out to the masses especially the ex-servicemen and their families.We work for the welfare of the people and these schemes are going to help many to live a convenient and comfortable life.I am thankful to the Government of Maharashtra to take this wonderful initiative of DSW for the welfare of the ex-servicemen which will help them and their family in various spheres of life”.
Maj (Retd) Milind DeodattaTungar, (Addl Charge) Deputy Director shared “We wish to serve the ex-servicemen and their children with various schemes. These schemes will include free lodging and meals at subsidized rates, fee concessions, and financial assistance for educational purpose and seat reservation in eminent educational institutes for children of ex-servicemen.We salute the soldiers who have sacrificed their life for the country and through DSW we take the oath to give a dedicated service to the ex-servicemen and their families”.
Cdr Vijay KumarPatil, Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer said, “DSW has helped in rehabilitation of military personal after their retirement. It has given them the platform to get equipped with various schemes and we will happily welcome some more schemes that will be beneficial and helpful to the ex-servicemen”
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