The Union Home ministry has decided to give an enhanced compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the next of kin of Central police personnel killed in the line of duty anywhere in the country. Those who suffer permanent and serious injury, causing them to lose their jobs, would be given Rs 30 lakh, a proposal by the ministry says.
The lump sum amount will be given to the kin of personnel who die fighting insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and North-East, Left Wing Extremism, on the border or even if they are killed in a mob attack or a riot. Earlier this amount was Rs 15 lakh, sources said. It will benefit nearly 10 lakh personnel of CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB and CISF.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave clearance to the proposal last month. The home ministry has sent a cabinet note for inter-ministerial consultation and is awaiting comments from the concerned ministries.
In 2014, nearly 350 personnel were killed in the line of duty across the country.
“This proposal was originally meant for the Seventh Pay Commission, which is still receiving representations from various quarters. Since the financial implications are not much, the home minister decided to pay it from the ministry’s coffers,” said a senior official.
Several states and Central police organisations have their own compensatory scheme for personnel killed in line of duty but this Central scheme will be over and above the compensation given by them.
For example, the Central Reserve Police Force, which lost nearly 323 men in Left Wing Extremism alone in 2014 gives Rs 36 lakh as ex-gratia compensation to any personnel killed in the line of duty, which also includes the Centre’s share of Rs 15 lakh. Among the states, Madhya Pradesh gives the highest compensation of Rs 10 lakh.
“Apart from those dead, those who receive injuries and are declared unfit for service will be given Rs 30 lakh,” said the official.