Srinagar: Except for civilian found “directly involved in the actual violence”, family of a ‘law and order’ victim would now be entitled to a government job and cash on compassionate grounds in Jammu and Kashmir.
The formal announcement in this regard was made Monday with government issuing a notification on amendments to Jammu and Kashmir Compassionate Appointment Rules, 1994.
According to the notification (SRO-177), Governor of the state, in exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to section 124 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, has directed for substituting clause (iii) of rule 2 as: “A civilian who dies as a result of militancy-related action or as a result of law and order situation and is not found directly involved in the actual violence or due to enemy action on the Line of Actual Control/International Border within the state of Jammu and Kashmir not involved in militancy related activities.”
Hitherto, such employment or cash relief was only confined to a family of a government employee or next of kin of a civilian who was killed in militancy related incidents or a family of a government employee who dies in harness.
In the explanation for clause (d), as per the notification, a “family member” means spouse, son, daughter, sister or brother or adopted son or daughter (in respect of communities in whose case adoptions are permissible under the law) dependent on the deceased.
In respect of the cases covered under clause (iii), it will also mean father and mother for the purpose of payment of cash compensation only, even if they are not dependent on the deceased, the notification said.
In sub-rule (3), for the words “militancy-related action as specified”, the words “militancy-related action, or a civilian who dies as a result of ‘law and order situation and is not found directly involved in the actual violence, or due to enemy action on the line of Actual Control/International Border within the State of Jammu and Kashmir as specified” shall be substituted, adds the notification.
Further, the government has directed that all cases pending till today (date of issuance of SRO Notification 177 of 2014) shall be decided in accordance with the notification provided that the candidate has applied within one year from the date of death of the deceased person.
The amendments were actually moved by government following the killing of a civilian, Altaf Ahmad Wani, the sole bread earner of a family of his ailing parents, a wife and three young daughters in March last year.
Altaf, 37, a National Conference worker, was shot dead by CRPF troopers near his residence at Saidpora, Eidgah on the evening of March 13, 2013 following a ‘fidayeen’ attack on the forces earlier in the day that had five left paramilitary personnel dead.
Subsequently, a committee headed by Chief Secretary of the state was constituted and the panel worked out the amendments.