The Ministry of Defence announced on 21 November 2017 that widows of gallantry award winners will continue to get their allowance even after remarriage.
As per the existing condition for grant of monetary allowance to winners of gallantry awards, the allowance is given to the recipient and on his death, to his widow.
As per earlier rules, the widow received the allowance until her remarriage or death. However, in case the widow remarried her brother-in-law and was living a "communal life with the living heir", she was eligible for family pension.
According to the statement by the Ministry, representations were received from various quarters to remove the condition of the widow's remarriage with late husband's brother for continuation of the monetary allowance.
The issue was considered by the Union Government, following which it has now decided to remove the condition of the widow's remarriage with the late husband's brother for continuation of the monetary allowance.
Going by the new rules, the monetary allowance would be given to the widow of a gallantry award winner till her death.