A group of IAS officers have come forward to support the families of martyrs killed in the line of duty.
They will adopt families of defence, central armed police forces and state police personnel who have been killed in duty, and support them for 5-10 years.
The aim is to ensure their children get proper education and other members get government financial assistance timely.
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"The officer won't provide direct financial assistance, but support the adopted family's members on a sustained basis," said Sanjay Bhoosreddy, honorary secretary of the Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association.
The family would ideally be in the adopter officer's state of posting.
Initially, 600-700 officers of batches 2012-2015 will be directed to adopt at least one family; senior officers can do so voluntarily.
Officer would assist family in getting due grants, proper education
The officers will offer themselves as guides to such families to help them get their dues from the government, like pension and gratuity, and also help in education of children or specialized training under the Skill India or Digital India schemes.
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"We are requesting state governments and the central government to issue the necessary instructions in this regard to all concerned so that this arrangement gets institutionalized at the earliest," Bhosreddy said.
The association has also asked states for details of such families from states. It will soon approach the defence ministry and central armed police forces for similar details.
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