New Delhi: The compensation paid to
defence personnel killed in peacekeeping missions under the
United Nations (UN) flag has been increased to USD 70,000 from
USD 50,000, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.
In a written reply to the House, Defence Minister AK
Antony said, "A sum of USD 50,000 was being paid for those
killed. This has been revised to USD 70,000 with effect from
July 2010. "
"The death compensation paid to the families of
personnel killed in such peacekeeping missions is over and
above the normal package for similar cases in India," Antony
He also informed the House that eight Indian Army
personnel were killed in various UN peacekeeping missions
during the last three years.
Meanwhile, replying to a query on whether the cadets
in the Indian Military Academy (IMA) are allowed to keep
mobile phones and get Internet facilities in their rooms,
Antony said, "The cadets have been permitted to keep mobile
phones in their rooms from July 2010."
"In the past, mobile phone signals were not available
in IMA campus from any mobile service provider. However,
adequate number of fixed lines and WLL connections excluding
BSNL were provided in each training company to enable cadets
to make and receive calls," he added.
On Internet facilities in the rooms of the cadets, the
minister said, "They have not been provided with internet
access in their rooms. However, internet service has been
provided under centralized arrangements at cyber cafes in each
company, IT labs and library."