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Cabinet approves lifetime salary for War Hero dependents

Cabinet approval has been granted for the lifetime salary and allowances payment for war hero dependents Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) said.

Approval has been granted for the Cabinet Paper submitted by the President in his capacity as the Defence Minister seeking avenues to facilitate the war hero dependents, the Defence Secretary stated.

Gen. Gunaratne expressed these remarks while addressing a media brief at the Defence Ministry to announce the Cabinet approval and said over 30,000 countrywide war hero dependent families will benefit with the move.

“A number of facilities are now available as pledged,” the Defence Secretary stressed recalling futile protests staged demanding those despite the real facts.

Accordingly, the total of salaries and allowances entitled to receive until the completion of 55 years of the deceased member will be paid to the widows of married Tri-Forces / Police Members who died due to terrorism during their life time.

Furthermore, approval has been granted for the payment of lifetime monthly allowance of Rs.25,000 to the parents of married/unmarried Tri-Forces and Police personnel from the date of completion of the age of 55 years to the veteran who died following terrorist activities.

Meanwhile, responding to a question on coronavirus upsurge in the island, Gen. Gunaratne said, “There is no decision for a total ‘lockdown’ except isolating the affected areas according to the extents of clusters”.

“Arrangements are on to enhance the number hospital beds by providing 2500 additional beds from the tri-forces to cater to the situation, if demanded”, he added.

The Cabinet approval granted relief measures are as follows:

  • The payment of salaries and allowances currently paid to the Tri-Forces/ Police members who have been discharged following disability owing to terrorist acts, to their dependents at the time of death of the war veteran.
  • Relief measures will be granted to the members of the Armed Forces and Police who were disabled and to the dependents of deceased veterans when the incident is attributed to operational activities under the category of non-terrorist nature whilst on duty, following an investigation by a committee.
  • Relief measures will be granted to the Armed Forces and Police personnel who were disabled and deceased as a result of post-war activities (such as demining) following an investigation by a committee.
  • Entitlement of salary and allowances to the dependents of the Tri-Forces and Police war veterans who have received disable discharge due to terrorist acts, if the member dies before reaching the age of 55, considering that they live until age of 55.
  • Entitlement of salary and allowances to the dependents up to 55 years of age of a member who commits suicide as a result of a mental disorder caused due to a disability following a terrorist activity, assuming that they are alive.