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Agniveer Gawate Akshay Laxman death: Indian Army clears air on financial aid question amid Rahul Gandhi's ‘insult’ tweet

Indian Army released a clarification mentioning the financial support that is being offered to the family of the brave Agniveer Gawate Akshay Laxman

Gawate Akshay Laxman's death has also reignited the debate around the Agniveer scheme of the central governmentPremium
Gawate Akshay Laxman's death has also reignited the debate around the Agniveer scheme of the central government

Gawate Akshay Laxman is the first Agniveer from the Indian Army to make the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The Indian Army, senior ministers, and Opposition leaders expressed their condolences and offered their support to the family of the soldier, but Gawate Akshay Laxman's death has also reignited the debate around the Agniveer scheme of the central government.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi offered his deepest condolences to the family members of the soldier and claimed that as Agniveer, the family of Gawate Akshay Laxman will not get gratuity, pension, or other military facilities. “The news of the martyrdom of Agniveer Gavate Akshay Laxman in Siachen is very sad. My deepest condolences to his family. A young man was martyred for the country - no gratuity, no other military facilities during his service, and no pension to his family in martyrdom. Agniveer, there is a plan to insult the heroes of India!," the Congress leader said in a tweet.

The issue has been brewing since the death of Gawate Akshay Laxman with many on social media posting about something similar. As the buzz around the issue increased, the Indian Army released a clarification mentioning the financial support that is being provided to the family of the brave Agniveer.

"As per the terms of engagement of Agniveers, emoluments authorised to a deceased battle casualty will comprise: Non-contributory insurance sum, amounting to 48 lakh. Seva Nidhi contributed by the Agniveer (30%), with equal matching contribution by the Govt, and interest thereon. Ex-gratia of 44 lakh. Pay of balance tenure from date of death till completion of four years (more than 13 lakh in the instant case). Contribution of 8 lakh from the Armed Forces Battle Casualty Fund. Immediate financial assistance of 30 thousand from Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA)," the ADGPI wrote.

BJP hit back at Rahul Gandhi

Following Rahul Gandhi's remarks, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) was quick to hit back and slammed the Congress leader “for peddling fake news."

“Absolute trash and irresponsible tweet. Agniveer Gawate Akshay Laxman has laid down his life in course of service and therefore is entitled to emoluments as a Battle Casualty. Accordingly, Laxman’s Next of Kin will receive the 48 lakh non contributory insurance, ex-gratia of 44 lakh, Seva Nidhi contributed by the Agniveer (30%), with an equal matching contribution by the Govt, and interest thereon. The Next of Kin will also receive pay for the balance tenure from the date of death, till completion of four years (more than 13 lakh); as per balance residual tenure and contribution of 8 lakh from Armed Forces Battle Casualty Fund. So, stop peddling #FakeNews. You are aspiring to be Prime Minister. Try and behave like one," BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya said in a post.  

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