Rs 5 lakh compensation to victims of cross-border firing

Rs 5 lakh compensation to victims of cross-border firing

Rs 5 lakh compensation to victims of cross-border firing

Victims of cross-border firing along the Indo-Pak border will get a compensation of Rs 5 lakh from now on, the Union Cabinet decided on Wednesday.

Along with this, the government also enhanced the compensation to victims of terrorism and Maoist violence from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh .

This is for the first time that civilian victims of cross-border firing along the Indo-Pak border are being brought under the central compensation scheme for civilian victims of terror, communal and Maoist violence.

The inclusion of people killed in cross-border firing for compensation attracted more attention after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

“For the first time in 70 years since Independence, realising the problem of Indian population residing in border areas, the government analysed their plight as they suffer due to frequent violations of ceasefire specifically on the north-western border of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan,” an official statement said.

Around 770 km of the Line of Control and 220 km of the International Border have been a witness to frequent ceasefire violation and the influx of terrorists since 1990. According to statistics, 13,921 civilians lost their lives till 2015.

“”Any civilian who dies anywhere in the country due to a terror attack, LWE violence, firing from across the border, shelling or IED explosion will be given Rs 5 lakh as compensation uniformly. The amount will be given to the next of kin of the victim,” Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office  Jitendra Singh told reporters.

As per the scheme, Rs five lakh will also be given to those who receive 50 % or more disability or incapacitation due to terrorism, cross-border terrorism, shelling and Maoist
violence.

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