PUNE: The Centre on Tuesday clarified that National Defence Academy (NDA) cadets, who are medically boarded out, are not being granted ex-servicemen (ESM) status as the cadets were not commissioned as officers and are therefore not counted as servicemen.
This was revealed by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Parimal Nathwani in the Rajya Sabha. The minister said that 26 cadets were declared medically unfit in the past three years and withdrew from training due to injuries. Sakal Times had previously reported that since 2001, around 147 NDA cadets have been medically boarded out.
“A cadet, consequent to his injury, is provided free medical treatment in a 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,” the minister said.
He said the government is implementing schemes for welfare of NDA cadets including ex-gratia awards in cases of disablement. Further, a cadet, on being medically boarded out, is entitled to an ex-gratia amount of Rs 3,500 per month, an ex-gratia disability award of Rs 6,300 per month (for 100 per cent disability) and constant attendance allowance of Rs 3,000 per month (for 100 per cent disability).
Further, AGIF Insurance cover for NDA cadets includes Rs 7.5 lakh for 100 per cent disability, proportionately reduced to Rs 1.5 lakh for 20 per cent disability and an ex-gratia grant of Rs 50,000 per cadet being invalided out with less than 20 per cent of disability in the first two years of training, and Rs 1 lakh for cadets if invalided out with less than 20 per cent of disability during the last year of training. Cadets who are invalidated out on medical grounds attributable to military training are also accorded priority-1 status for employment in government service.