2019 to be observed as ‘Year of next of kin’
13, May 2019
Prelims level : Mains level :
- The Indian Army is commemorating 2019 as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’.
- It plans to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to inform them of entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes and help resolve pension- related problems.
- The issue gains importance in light of most next of kin of deceased soldiers being unaware of the financial benefits.