Govt extends cash compensation benefits to slain surrendered ultras' families12 May 2011
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, at summer capital of the State this afternoon, accorded approval to the extension of benefit of cash compensation of Rs 4 lakh (excluding ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh) to the next of kin of surrendered militants killed in the militancy related incidents. At present, only the next of kin of civilians killed in militancy related violence are provided cash compensation to the tune of Rs 4 lakh (excluding ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh) in lieu of Government job to which they are entitled to under SRO-43 of 1994. Authoritative sources told EXCELSIOR that during discussion on proposal, the Cabinet was informed that extension of benefit of cash compensation to the next of kin of surrendered militants killed in the terrorism related violence was considered by the Working Group on 'Confidence Building Measures Across the Sections of the Society in the State' headed by Mohammad Hamid Ansari. The Working Group had recommended that a definite policy- package for rehabilitation of the persons having foresworn militancy might be prepared so as to dissuade such people to return to militancy. Based on the recommendation of Working Group, the State Government requested the Central Government to provide financial assistance for payment of cash compensation to the tune of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of surrendered militants killed in militancy related incidents. This request was made while seeking additional funds for clearance of pending cases of next of kin of civilians. It was disclosed in the Cabinet that Department of J&K Affairs in Union Ministry of Home Affairs recently conveyed approval to the State Government to extend the scheme for payment of cash compensation at the rate of Rs 4 lakh (excluding ex-gratia relief of Rs 1 lakh) to next of kin of civilians as well as surrendered militants killed in militancy related incidents under Security Related Expenditure (Relief and Rehabilitation) to cover the backlog of 681 cases (391 cases of next of kin of civilians and 290 of next of kin of surrendered militants) at an estimated expenditure of Rs 27.24 crore. After detailed deliberations upon the proposal, the Cabinet gave its nod to the extension of cash compensation benefit to next of kin of surrendered militants killed in the militancy related incidents and brought them at par with next of kin of civilians. Of the 290 cases of surrendered militants killed in militancy incidents, which are pending for cash compensation, 258 are in Kashmir valley and 32 in Jammu region. Twenty cases are pending in Srinagar, 7 Ganderbal, 22 Budgam, 21 Pulwama, 36 Anantnag, 15 Kulgam, 3 Shopian, 26 Bandipora, 62 Baramulla, 44 Kupwara, Ramban 2, Kishtwar 6, Doda 18 and Rajouri 6. There is no such case in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi and Poonch districts. A committee comprising of Deputy Commissioner and the District Superintendent of Police of the concerned district will ascertain the non-involvement of the next of kin to be granted cash compensation. On the recommendations of the District Level Screening Committee, the Deputy Commissioner concerned will accord sanction to the grant of cash compensation only to the next of kin dependent on the surrendered militants killed in militancy related incidents. The amount will be deposited in the nearest branch of J&K Bank Limited in a fixed deposit account for a period of three years in the name of the beneficiary and a saving bank account will also be opened in the name of the beneficiary in the same branch of J&K Bank. The amount of interest accrued on the sum would be credited directly by the bank to the beneficiary’s saving account on a monthly- quarterly basis as per the option of the beneficiary to ensure regular flow of minimum income for the family. The principal amount at the end of the lock-in-period of three years will be transferred directly to the saving bank account of the beneficiary.