J&K Govt To Give Financial Aid To Slain Militants' Families12 May 2010
Times of India
Srinagar: In a bid to bring militants into the mainstream, Jammu & Kashmir government has decided to provide financial assistance to family members of slain militants. So long, children, widows and parents of victims of militancy alone received aid from the rehabilitation council of the state's social welfare department. According to state social welfare minister Sakina Itoo, 'Why should children of militants suffer for no fault of theirs? We are giving such aid to children of militancy victims. So, we thought why not include the children of slain militants?' In 2009-2010, around 1,441 children of victims killed over the past two decades received aid. Each child gets Rs 750 per month. Overall, more than 40,000 people have been killed during the insurgency that started in 1989. More than 200 elderly parents of slain militants have been provided financial aid so far. 'We have spent around Rs 1.3 crore for this,' said Itoo.