Government Announces Rs 5 Lakh to Victims of Cross Border Firing
- For the first time, civilian victims of cross border firing along the Indo-Pak border will be given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh. The compensation will be similar to the one received by those killed in terrorist or Maoist violence.
- The decision to give compensation to the victims of cross border firing and enhancing the amount from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for victims of terrorism was taken by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday.
- Rs 5 lakh will also be given to those who receive 50 percent or more disability or incapacitation as a result of such incidents. The compensation amount will be given on the condition that no employment has been provided to any of the family members of the victims by the state or central government.
- More than 50 civilians die each year as a result of cross border firing in Jammu and Kashmir. Seven people died because of terror attacks in the country in 2015 while civilian toll due to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 was 17. As many as 168 civilians were killed due to Naxal violence in Maoist-hit states last year.
(With PTI Inputs)