About Us Welfare Branch

India has always been proud of the rich tradition of enrollment of Nepal Domiciled Gorkha soldiers into Indian Army; which is as historic as Eighteenth century. In accordance with the Tripartite Agreement, this unique practice has continued till date. Our beloved veterans, having spent considerable period of their life time in India and later by virtue of them getting settle down in Nepal, it was imperative to have an organisation which can look after them in their twilight years.  To ensure this, as part Indian Embassy in Nepal, Defence Wing was institutionalized post-Independence.

            There are approx 1,26,000 NDG pensioners who post-retirement are settled and leading peaceful life in various parts of Nepal. It has been our relentless endeavour to reach out to our veterans in the farthest areas of domicile by implementing multifarious welfare oriented schemes including various socio-economic projects. With this aim of fulfilling their welfare requirements in-situ, GoI has established IEWON which is working under Chairmanship and guidance of the Ambassador of India to Nepal. A unique Institution, IEWON is functioning proficiently with pulsating involvement of concerned Ministries and Departments of the GoI. 

 Welfare Activities

            The scrupulous execution of these projects has resulted in self-realization of our ESM and also in betterment of their living standards. Positive results have been made possible by synchronized and assiduous endeavors of the Kathmandu based HQ IEWON (comprising of all Branches of Defence Wing), both PPOs and 22 DSBs functioning across Nepal. The Welfare Branch which came into subsistence in early Fifties has effectively transformed itself as per contemporary welfare needs of our NDG pensioners. For achieving this, Welfare Branch and HQ IEWON are working in sync to expand even further, the scope of multifarious aspects of welfare programs in Nepal

 Medical Care

            In order to fulfil the medical requirement of ESM and to ensure quality medical care, GoI has commenced numerous innovative medical programs in Nepal. Defence Wing taking all possible measures to provide quality medical care to our veterans and dependents. Through which, it conduct tours by MWT in Nepal is to provide in-situ medical care to our veterans and their dependants in remote areas. Every year about 06 MWTs are visiting Nepal which consists of Medical, Eye and Dental Specialists of Indian Army who provide specialist medical, dental and eye care along with provision of spectacles and dentures to our veterans. The commitment and services of MWTs towards the welfare of our ESM is widely acknowledge and appreciated in Nepal. 

 Drinking Water Projects (DWPs)

            DWP is a pivotal program sponsored by the MEA which has successfully influenced lives of our ESM and others residing in water scarce areas of Nepal. The innovative scheme is in vogue since last three decades. The project is conceived with an aim to provide potable piped water to the villages where majority of the residents comprises of our Bhu Puus. High density GI pipes, CGI sheets, pumps, taps, cement and most of the hardware items are given to the local ESM Committee. The project is then executed through Community Service (Shram Daan) by the villagers duly channelized by our ESM

 Educational Scholarships

            To assist our ex-servicemen in educating their children, numerous scholarships schemes are being implemented. A brief gist is as under :-

Grant

Rate of Scholarship

General Education

NRs 2500/-  (p a) for class V to X. 
NRs 4000/- (pa) for XI to Bachelor level

Higher Education

NRs 20,000/- (One Time Grant) for professional courses like BE, MBBS, BDS, BCA, BYNS, MBA, MCA etc.

Teacher’s Training

NRs 10,000/- per annum for B.Ed or M.Ed.

Handicapped, Blind, Deaf & Dumb wards

NRs 10,000/- per annum for class V up to Graduation level.

 

CEA to wards of War Casualties

Class I to VII                    -NRs  16,000/- (pa)

Class IX to XII                 -NRs  22,400/- (pa)

Graduation                       -NRs  32,000/-(pa)

Post Graduation               -NRs  40,000/-

Professional Courses

(Subject to a maximum

of NRs 80,000)               -Tuition Fee plus

                                         NRs 8000/-   (pa)           

One Time Computer

Grant for Wards and

Widows    (pursuing

Graduation        and 

above)                            - NRs 56,000/-

 Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Scheme

 (Through Education Wing)

NRs 24,000/- per annum for Class XI and XII. 
(25 seats are reserved for wards of ESM)

Golden Jubilee Scholarship Scheme

(Through Education Wing)

For students pursuing studies in Medical, Engineering or other Bachelor courses. 
NRs 48,000/- per annum for medical disciplines. 
NRs 36,000/- per annum for other disciplines. 
(05 seats are reserved for wards of ESM)

Bachelor of
Engineering (B.E)

Hostel  Fee                   - Full charge paid

Tuition Fee                   - Full amount will be 

                                   paid directly to 
                                    the Institute.

Scholarship  Air Fare                   - NRs 5,760/- pm.

                              - Economy Class Air 

                             Fare (On Joining And 
                             return journey 
                             during the course)

(02 seats are reserved for wards of ESM.)

Financial Assistance to Schools

Financial Assistance is also being provided to improve existing educational infrastructure in those schools where sizeable number of children of our pensioner’s are studying. This is an extremely popular scheme, as besides our Bhu Puus, local population also gets directly benefited. The grant is utilized for expansion and repair of existing school buildings, purchase of furniture, books, sports equipment etc.

Vocational Trainings 

Under this scheme, vocational training in Knitting and Stitching is imparted to the ESM, Veer Naris and their dependents. Ten Vocational Training Centers are functional at DSB Gulmi, DSB Baglung, DSB Butwal, DSB Turture, DSB Surkhet, DSB Ilam, DSB Palpa, DSB Dang, DSB Gorkha and DSB Pokhara. A total of 7170 ESM/widows/wives/wards of ESM have been trained till date. 

Welfare Project Buses 

Defence Wing has 04 buses (one each at Kathmandu and Dharan and two at PPO Pokhara) for utilization for welfare related activities of our ex-servicemen in Nepal. Buses are being utilized for movement of the Indian Army Medical welfare Teams, Seasonal Pension Paying Teams, conveyance of ex-servicemen from Pokhara to Kathmandu for their documentation related requirements and for miscellaneous welfare duties within Nepal. 

Nepal Bharat Maitri Vidyalaya (NBMV) 

NBMV is being run under the aegis of Pension Paying Office Pokhara within PPO complex. It has been upgraded to class XII. The school follows Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus. The new building for the school has been constructed with Govt of India’s financial aid with all requisite amenities. With excellent academic results achieved over successive years, the School is positively living up to the educational welfare aspirations of the ex-servicemen in and around Pokhara. 

OUR OTHER USEFUL WELFARE SCHEMES 

Army Central Welfare Fund 

This scheme is in vogue since 2004. Following grants are disbursed under this scheme :-

 Demise Grant 

This financial assistance is provided to Next of Kins (NoK) on demise of Ex-Servicemen. The rate of Demise Grant has been increased to IRs 7,000/- with effect from Jan 2014. 

• One Time Grant (BC/Non BC) 

One time grant out of ACWF (BC/Non BC) is paid to the Next of Kins of soldiers who have died during service. 

Raksha Mantri Discretionary Fund 

• Medical Grant (Upto NRs 48000) 

This assistance is applicable for Pensioner/ Non-pensioner upto the rank of Havildar and equivalent. 

• Marriage Grant for two daughters and Widow’s Re-marriage (NRs 25,600/- per daughter) 

This assistance is applicable for Pensioner/Non-pensioner upto rank of Havildar and equivalent and should apply within a year after solemnisation of marriage. Age of the bride should not be less than 18 years.