Whether NDA cadets not qualified as Commissioned Officers can be treated as Ex-Serviceman?

Whether NDA cadets not qualified as Commissioned Officers can be treated as Ex-Serviceman? – Ex-Servicemen Status for Ex-NDA Cadets

Whether NDA cadets who are now qualified as Commissioned Officers can be treated as Ex-Serviceman? – Defence Minster’s Reply

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE 

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.221

TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.7.2017

EX-SERVICEMEN STATUS FOR EX-NDA CADETS

221.  SHRI PARIMAL NATHWANI:

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:

(a) the total number of cadets declared unfit and withdrawn from the National Defence Academy (NDA) on medical grounds due to injury during the last three years and the current year;

(b)  whether injured NDA cadets are given status of ex-servicemen in the country and if not, the reasons therefor;

(c)  whether Government is implementing any specific scheme for the welfare of such cadets; and

(d) if so, the details thereof along with the expenditure incurred by Government on the treatment of injured NDA cadets during the said period?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE

 (a)  26 cadets were declared medically unfit and withdrawn from training due to injuries during the last three years and the current year as per details given below:-

(i)        Spring Term 2014                –          05
(ii)       Autumn Term 2014              –          01
(iii)     Spring Term 2015                –          07
(iv)      Autumn Term 2015             –          04
(v)       Spring Term 2016                –          01
(vi)      Autumn Term 2016              –          06
(vii)    Spring Term 2017                –          02
(viii)   Autumn Term 2017             –          NIL

(b)  NDA cadets who are medically boarded out are not being granted Ex-servicemen (ESM) status as the NDA cadets are not yet commissioned as officers and are therefore not counted as “Servicemen”.

(c) & (d):  Yes, Sir.  The following schemes are being implemented:
(i)  Ex-Gratia Awards in cases of Disablement:- The cadet on being medically boarded out is entitled for following benefits:-

(aa) Ex-gratia amount –  Rs. 3,500/- p.m.
(ab) Ex-gratia disability award – Rs. 6,300/- p.m. (100% disability).
(ac)  Constant Attendance Allowance – Rs. 3,000/- p.m. (100% disability as recommended in invaliding medical board).

(ii)  AGIF Insurance Cover for NDA Cadets:-
(aa)  Disability:-  Rs. 7.5 Lakhs for 100 percent disability proportionately reduced to Rs.1.5 lakhs for 20 % disability.

(ab)  Ex-gratia Grant:-   Rs. 50,000/- per   cadet   being invalided out with less than 20% of   disability   in the first two years of training and Rs. 1 lakh for cadets if invalided   out   with   less  than  20%  of disability during the last year of training.

(iii)   Preference in Employment in the Government Jobs: Cadets who are invalidated out on medical grounds attributable to military training are accorded Priority-1 for the purpose of employment in Government service.

The cadet consequent to his injury is provided free medical treatment in Military Hospital, Command Hospital and Research & Referral Hospital, Delhi. The cadet is only invalidated out in the medical board if he does not recover from the injury and is found unfit for further military training with the aforesaid treatment.  The data on expenditure incurred on such treatment is not maintained.
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