MHA approves Rs 30 Lakh as ex-gratia relief for J&K cops

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/7/2017 1:53:37 AM Front Page

JAMMU: The Centre on Wednesday finally approved the state government’s proposal for the enhancement of ex-gratia relief to Jammu and Kashmir police personnel, the next of kin (NoK) of the martyred cops now getting Rs 30 Lakh.
With the move, state policemen who lay down their life during terrorism operations will get ex-gratia of Rs 70 lakh, almost at par with the central forces.
The official order in this regard was released by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), department of J&K Affairs on Wednesday.
It stated that ex-gratia relief payable to next of kin (NoK) of police personnel killed in course of performing duties attributed to “acts of violence in the state” would be Rs.30 lakh.
“Out of 30 lakh rupees, 18 lakh of funding will be from state Budget, seven lakh from MHA’s police welfare fund while fi ve lakhs will come from MHA’s Security Related Expenditure (SRE), Relief and Rehabilitation (R&R) through state Government,” read the letter.
Previous funding from MHA under police welfare fund was only 3 lakh and only 2 lakh under SRE (R&R). “The matter has been considered in the Ministry and has been decided to enhance the share of ex-gratia in the state, paid from police welfare fund of MHA as well as from SRE,” read the document.
With this hike in place, now the cops killed in militancy-related operations will now get Rs 70 lakh as ex-gratia relief.
Earlier state home department had enhanced the ex-gratia from Rs 7 to 20 lakh for cops killed in militancy-related incidents in Kashmir, which added with Rs 15 lakh as ex-gratia coming from the contribution of serving in police, Rs 5 lakh as Janta insurance to the cops killed in the violence, along with today’s announcement of Rs 30 Lakh makes it a sum of Rs 70 lakhs.

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