A noble initiative to support the families of martyred security personnel on the line of duty is being proposed by an association of IAS officers.
The idea is to ensure that the children of these personnel receive good education and the other family members get the financial assistance and the due compensation as prescribed under the government’s compensatory policy.
It has been proposed that an association of IAS officers across the nation will be voluntarily adopting a family the martyred personnel belonging to the defence, CRPF or state police forces, wherein an institutional arrangement will be provided as a footing of support over a period of 5-10 years.
To ensure better communication and ease, the officer in charge may preferably belong to the same state (cadre) as that of the adopted family.
“The officer will not be required to provide any direct financial assistance to the adopted family, but support and handhold its members on a sustained basis so that they live with a sense of security and assurance that the country is taking care of them in their hours of crisis and tragedy”, said Sanjay Bhoosreddy, honorary secretary of the Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association told TOI.
The initial plan as of now is to induct about 600 to 700 young officials belonging to 2012 to 2015 batches, where each officer will require to adopt at least one family in their appointed area of posting. They will need to approach the families and voluntarily offer the role of facilitator who will help them get their dues like pension, gratuity or allotment of services like petrol pump, jobs or assist their children in getting school admission or getting them trained in specific skills under the government’s Skill India or Digital India Programme. The provision also intends to help the dependent family members out through financial institutions, if they are interested in investing in some sort of business or a startup.
The officers taking up the role of the facilitator under the initiative will mostly belong to the sub-divisional, additional district or district magistrate level. “Senior officers, or those from state civil services, can also adopt such families voluntarily,” said Bhoosreddy, a joint-secretary level IAS officer who is currently posted in New Delhi as a chief vigilance officer of the MMTC.
“We are requesting the state governments and the central government to issue necessary instructions in this regard to all concerned so that this arrangement gets institutionalised at the earliest. The state governments have already been asked to share with the Association the details of such families,” he said
Similar particulars will also be sought from the Defence Ministry or Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) like BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP or others, stated Bhoosreddy to TOI. He also mentioned the possibility of influence that the IAS officers had on the local administrative machinery, which could be “positively channelized to support and help the families of the martyred soldier in an effective and sustained manner”.