Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered that the payment of ex-gratia compensation to family of polling personnel, who die or sustain injuries while on election duty, will be applicable to all personnel deployed in all types of election related duties.
According to a GAD order, they include all personnel including CAPFS, SAPS, State Police, Home Guards, etc, any private persons like drivers, cleaners, etc. hired for deployment for election duty.
The applicable period of election duty, it said, would start from the date of the announcement of the elections.
“It would be reasonable to consider a person on election duty as soon as he/she leaves his/her residence/office to report for any election related duty including training and until he/she reaches back his/her residence/office after performance of his/her election related duty.”
If any mishap takes place during this period, the GAD order said, it should be treated as having occurred on election duty subject to condition that there should be a causal connection between occurrence of death/injury and the election duty. 111) the payment of ex-gratia compensation prescribed by the Commission vide its letter dated 25.03.2014 will also be applicable to the CAPs/SAPs and other security forces personnel deployed for the election duty and this will be in addition to the compensation already being paid by the MHA under extant guidelines issued by DOP & PW, MHA and State Governments.
“The expenditure on account of payment of ex-gratia compensation to the polling personnel is wholly borne by the Government of India during election of Lok Sabha and by the State Government during elections to the Legislative Assemblies.”
In case of Lok Sabha elections, the payment of ex-gratia compensation shall be made by the State Government initially and the claims shall be made to the Government of India later on, the order said.
“The CEOs and DEOs shall track death/injury cases and send a consolidated report from time to time to the Commission,” it added.