The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wednesday approved grant of compensation of Rs 5 lakh to civilian victims of cross-border firing along the Indo-Pak border and mine or IED blasts. The Cabinet also enhanced compensation to civilian victims of terrorism or Left Wing Extremism (LWE) violence from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
A compensation of Rs 5 lakh will also be paid to those who receive 50 per cent or more disability or are incapacitated by such violence.
The compensation will be paid, subject to the condition that no employment has been provided to any family member of the victim by the state or Centre.
Till now, the next of kin of civilians killed or those who suffered permanent incapacitation in such violence were paid Rs 3 lakh under the Central Scheme for Assistance to Civilian Victims of Terrorist, Communal, Naxal violence. So far, the Centre has disbursed Rs 35.89 crore as compensation to civilian victims since inception of the scheme in 2008.
“While victims of terrorism or LWE violence would get compensation of Rs 3 lakh, there was no compensation for victims of frequent cross-border firing along the LoC. We had been demanding compensation for such victims before our government was formed, and PM Narendra Modi has responded to the sensitivities of people residing in border areas. It is a major relief to people in these areas,” said MoS in the PMO Jitendra Singh. He added that when PoK “becomes a part of India, the citizens there will also be entitled to these rights.”