Jammu : The Government of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday issued an order for adoption of a simplified procedure for reimbursement of educational expenses of children of Police Martyrs.
According to a statement issued from Police Media Centre PHQ J&K Jammu here, the Director General of Police Dilbag Singh has extended his gratitude to Lt. Governor Jammu & Kashmir, Manoj Sinha and his administration for the endeavour. The DGP said that it is a wonderful initiative by the government which he said would help the wards of our fallen heroes in empowering their academic and career goals by removing the financial barrier.
The statement issued from J&K Police Headquarters further said that In this context an order has been issued vide number Government Order No: 27-JK(GAD) of 2023 Dated: 09.01.2023, Stating therein further that the order issued from the General Administration Department (GAD) reads “ In partial modification to Government order No.1460- GAD of 2018 dated 29.09.2018, sanction is hereby accorded to the adoption of following procedure for meeting the expenditure on account of education of wards of martyrs (two eldest children) up to class 12th in any School in J&K of such personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police, who are martyred in course of performing duties attributed to militancy related incidents/violence. The Government shall reimburse the expenditure towards monthly fee, transportation charges (upto a maximum ceiling of Rs.3,000 per child per month), one-time annual uniform charges (up to a maximum ceiling of Rs. 10,000 per child per year) and one-time expenditure on books (only text books prescribed by the respective Boards) if any, up to class 12th in any School (both Government and Private), within the territorial jurisdiction of of J&K. The schools would require to be duly recognized by the Government and affiliated with the J&K Board of School Education/Central Board of School Education or any other registered Board in India. The Private Schools shall treat these students as part of admission under EWS and reimbursement will be made accordingly. The reimbursement shall be made for the first two children and in case the second one is a twin then both the twins shall be entitled to reimbursement under this arrangement”. The GAD order further reads “the reimbursement on account of monthly fee, transport charges, shall be made on quarterly basis by the concerned District Superintendent of Police, (on the production of relevant vouchers), where the family of the Martyr ordinarily resides. Whileas the reimbursement on account of expenditure incurred on uniform and books shall be reimbursed in the month of April every year subject to the ceiling and condition. The payment shall be made to the legal guardian (whoever incurs such expenditure on the wards) by the concerned District Superintendent of Police on production of valid proof of guardianship by the legal guardian. In case owing to any dispute the children of a particular martyr having varying guardians e.g. one child living with mother and the other with his family, the reimbursement shall be made to both the guardians on actual basis however, on the production of separate guardianship certificate to be issued by the concerned School Authority, the orders read.
The order further reads that the children shall be eligible for reimbursement of education expenses even if the widow of the martyr remarries”.
As per the order, the concerned District SP shall draw the claims on account of school fee and transport charges on quarterly basis and cost of books and uniform on annual basis from the budgetary provisions to be placed at his disposal and further shall ensure that the school fee is not exorbitant and is at par with the rates charged by the school to other students.
It further reads that there shall be no ceiling on the amount of expenditure incurred by the legal guardian on the education of wards under the covered items except transport charges and cost of uniform where the maximum ceiling has been specified.
The expenditure incurred under this scheme shall be subject to Audit by the concerned Agencies at any point of time, it further reads.
It reads that in the event of any dispute with regard to the guardianship of a child or any other impediment, the Director General of Police shall be the appropriate authority to settle the same, whose decision in the matter, shall be final. The order further reads that this arrangement shall be deemed to come into force fully for the year 2022-2023. besides the pending claim of Rs. 15.22 lakh for the year 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 shall be reimbursed, subject to the above mentioned stipulations, out of the funds amounting to Rs. 1.70 crores approved under detailed Head 028-Grant- in-aid and from the next fiscal onwards, the Budgetary allocations on this account shall be provisioned under Detailed Head 088- Welfare and funds shall be released by the Finance Department under the said Head of Account in favour of Home Department/Director General of Police, who shall in turn place the same at the disposal of District SSPs (including Police Districts) through the defined line of budgetary releases.