At 2,15,000 troops since ’50, India’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping the ‘largest’


ARMED FORCES PARTICIPATION IN UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS

New Delhi: Agrahayana 28, 1936

Friday, 19 December 2014

Since 1950, Indian Army has contributed approximately 2,15,000 Indian Army personnel to United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, which is largest amongst all troop contributing countries.  Presently, India is the third largest troop contributing country.

Till date, Indian Army personnel have been deployed in UN Peacekeeping Missions in 38 countries.

Till date, 147 Indian Army personnel have died in various UN Peacekeeping Missions.  Out of this, 88 personnel were killed in action and rest due to accident, natural causes / sickness, suicide etc.

Army personnel killed in action are classified as “Battle Casualty (Fatal)”.  UN pays US$ 70,000 to Indian Army Personnel who die in UN Missions due to enemy actions, accidents, natural causes and sickness.

In addition, Indian Government also pays compensation to the families of Army Soldiers which is as per Annexure.  Provisions exist for ‘Instant Enrolment’ in the Army in respect of one son / brother (if unmarried / married but without a male child) of the Battle Casualty, wherein the candidate is enrolled in the Army as a soldier if he is medically fit and in recruitable age.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Chand Nath in Lok Sabha today.

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