Rs 57 lakh paid to border firing victims

SRINAGAR: The government said that it has paid about Rs 57 lakh to border firing victims (killed/injured) during the last two years and has submitted a proposal to the Government of India (GoI) to enhance the ex-gratia amount for these victims.
In reply to question raised by MLA Krishan Lal during the last day in the Assembly, the minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Basharat Bukhari said that under the new policy, category wise ex-gratia will be provided to these victims.
Giving district-wise details of compensation paid by the government, Bukhari said: “An Amount of Rs 25,20,752 has been paid to border firing victims of Jammu, Rs 16,95,000 to Poonch, for Samba Rs 13,08,942 and Rs 1,20,000 to Kathua while as Rs 25,000 were paid to Rajouri victims.”
He said among the victims, those killed received Rs 1 lakh and those rendered permanently disabled got Rs 75,000. However, Rs 5000 were paid for the injured persons and those suffering 50 percent loss to immovable properties, he said. The minister also said the cabinet has directed to provide 5 marlas of plots per family located between 5 kms from the LoC.
“The cabinet in its decision No. 180/13/2014 has directed the revenue, relief and rehabilitation department to submit a comprehensive proposal for providing five marlas of land per affected family,” the minister added.