Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
27-August-2012 15:54 IST
Withdrawal of Troops from Siachen
There has been no decision to withdraw troops from Siachen Glacier. Any deployment / redeployment of troops in the area is contingent upon the threat perception, ground situation and other operational aspects.A composite package of welfare measures for soldiers deployed on the Siachen glaciers, inter-alia, comprises - Siachen allowance, provision of Separated Family Accommodation anywhere in India, free warrant to travel hometown twice in a year, special ration and food developed by DRDO, evacuation by helicopter during medical emergencies.

A total number of 846 Armed forces personnel have made supreme sacrifices on the Siachen glaciers since 1984. The death during the course of duties on Siachen glaciers is treated as 'battle casualties' and enhanced compensation is paid to the next of the kin which includes-enhanced ex-gratia of Rs.20 lakhs, liberalized family pension equal to emoluments last drawn, Death-cum-Retirement-Gratuity, compensation from Army Group Insurance Scheme and ex-gratia lump sum compensation from the Central Government. Apart from the above, liberal contributions are also made from different funds, such as - Army officers benevolent fund, Army wives welfare association fund and Army central welfare fund. The family members of the deceased soldiers are also entitled for education concession card and air travel concession card.

During the 13th Round of Siachen Talks between the Defence Secretaries of India and Pakistan held in Pakistan from 11th to 12th June 2012, both delegations reaffirmed their resolve to make serious, sustained and result oriented efforts for seeking an amicable resolution of Siachen. It was agreed to continue the dialogue on Siachen in keeping with the desire of the leaders of both the countries for early resolution of all outstanding issues. The talks on Sir Creek issues between Surveyor General on India and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Defence of Pakistan were held in New Delhi on June 18-19, 2012. The two sides discussed the land boundary in the Sir Creek area and also delimitation of International Maritime Boundary between India and Pakistan. They reiterated their desire to find an amicable solution of the Sir Creek issue through sustained and result oriented dialogue.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Ramesh Baisand others in Lok Sabha today.