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The National Defence Fund was set up in 1962 to take charge of voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, and to decide on their utilisation.

The Fund is used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces (including Para Military Forces) and their dependents.

The Fund is administered by an Executive Committee, with PM as Chairperson, and Defence, Finance and Home Ministers as Members with Finance Minister as the Treasurer of the Fund and the Joint Secretary.

The Accounts of the Fund are kept and maintained by the Reserve Bank of India. The fund is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions being accepted online through contributions from the public and does not get any budgetary support.

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Recent Changes

  • The scholarship rates have been increased from Rs. 2000pm to Rs. 2500pm for boys and from Rs. 2250pm to Rs. 3000pm for girls.

  • The ambit of Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme is now extended to include the wards of State Police officials who are or were martyred during terror or naxal attacks.

  • The new scholarships quota for wards of state police officials will be 500 in one year. For the implementation of it the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be the nodal Ministry.

Significance

  • The move of including police personnel wards provides recognition to the length of monumental contribution of our police personnel who performing their duties with utmost diligence.

  • The availability of scholarship under the scheme will enable more youngsters from police families to study and excel in different fields and will also have an empowering effect on several bright young minds.

  • The Prime Minister took the decision in spirit that it is country’s duty not only to express gratitude but also do things towards welfare of police personnel and their families.

  • Granting approval to major changes in the ‘Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund. This decision is in line with PM’s Vision for India’s safety, security and wellbeing of those who protect the nation.

Implementation of Prime Minister’S Scholarship Scheme’ (PMSS) under National Defence Fund

  • This Scholarship encourages technical and post-graduate education for widows and wards of deceased or ex-service personnel of Armed Forces, Para Military Forces and Railway Protection Force (RPF).

  • Scholarships under the scheme are available for education at technical institutions such as MBA, MCA, engineering, medical, dental, veterinary, or any other equivalent technical professions along with the AICTE/UGC approval.

  • Under PMSS new scholarships are given every year for about 5500 wards of armed forces (which is controlled by Ministry of Defence), 2000 wards of paramilitary forces (by Ministry of Home Affairs) and for 150 wards of forces (by Ministry of Railways).

- Published/Last Modified on: August 19, 2019

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