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MHA issues order enhancing share of ex-gratia relief in J&K
‘NoK of JKP personnel killed in violence to get Rs 30 lakhs’
JAMMU, Dec 6: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs Wednesday finally issued order enhancing its share of ex-gratia relief to Next of Kin (NoK) of J&K police personnel, “killed in the course of performing duties attributed to act of violence by terrorists, anti social elements etc” from existing Rs 5 to 12 lakhs.

Now the total ex-gratia relief payable to NoKs of J&K police personnel killed in course of performing duties attributed to act of violence in the state in J&K would be Rs 30 lakhs including Rs 18 lakhs of J&K government (state budget).

Importantly, under Security Related Expenditure (Relief and Rehabilitation) head, the MHA will also make payment of Rs 5 lakhs in place of Rs 2 lakhs to NoK of CAPFs / army posted in J&K besides NoK of J&K personnel /SPOs.

In an official communiqué to the Principal Secretary (Home) Government of J&K and the state Director General of Police, MHA Director Security has stated that the order has issued with the “concurrence of M/o Finance (Department) of Expenditure) vide their letter No 4(1)/2017-E-IIA dated 5.12.2017 and the Integrated Finance Division of MHA vide their Dy No 3396971/AS&FA Dated 23.11.2017.”

As per the order, MHA will now make payment of Rs 7 lakhs in place of Rs. 3 lakh to the NoK of each J&K police personnel from the Police Welfare fund. The expenditure is debitable to Major Head 2055- police 00.113 Welfare of Police Personnel (Major Head) 00.00.31-Grant-in-aid Contribution under Grant No 47-Non Plan.

“The other terms and conditions for sanction of the amount from Police Welfare Fund would be the same under as per Ministry's letter no. 16016/16/98 KM dated 17/00/2001,” the order said.

“Besides, MHA will also make payment of Rs 5 lakhs in place of Rs 2 lakhs to NoK of J&K personnel /SPOs as well as NoK of CAPFs / army posted in J&K. The expenditure is debitable under Security Related Expenditure (Relief and Rehabilitation). The existing terms and conditions / guidelines for grant of ex-gratia relief from SRE(R&R) of Rs 5 lakhs in place of Rs 2 lakhs would continue,” the order added.

Now as per the new order, the details of funding of Rs 30 Lakhs would be Rs 18 lakhs from Government of J&K (State Budget), Rs 7 lakhs from MHA (Police Welfare Fund) and Rs 5 lakhs from MHA (J&K, SRE, R&R) through Government of J&K.

The Director Security in her communique also referred to PHQ letter No AIG(W)/EGR/09-B8436-37 dated 06/10/2016 PHQ letter No. AIG(W)/EGR/09-408 39-40 dated 07/05/2017”, adding, “I am directed to refer to Home Department Government of J&K's order No.1046-GAD of 2017 dated 10.08.2017 and to state that the ex-gratia relief was enhanced by Home department Government of J&K from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 20 lakh which comprises Rs 18 lakh of State government, share and Rs 2 Lakh of MHA share per case, payable to the Next of kin (NoK) of the J&K police personnel killed in violence/militancy related incidents in the state.

“Considering the long pending demand for enhancement of said ex-gratia relief and to make it at par with the ex-gratia relief being paid to CAPF personnel in cases of death occurring in course of performing duties attributable to act of violence by terrorists, anti social elements etc., the matter has been considered in the ministry and it has been decided to enhance the share of ex-gratia in the state, paid from Police Welfare fund, MHA as well as from SRE (R&R),” the order read.

News Updated at : Thursday, December 7, 2017
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