Rs 2 lac for 100 percent disability, Rs 1.5 lac for over 50 percent
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government has fixed Rs 2.5 lakh compensation against loss of life due to field firing and artillery practice.
The state government has also fixed Rs 2 lakh as compensation to a person suffering 100 percent disability from injuries incurred under the said circumstances.
Official documents with Kashmir Reader reveal that Rs 1.5 lakh compensation would be provided to a person suffering 50-100 percent disability from injuries sustained in such situations.
A person suffering below 50 per cent disability would be given a compensation of Rs 1 lakh.
The government has also fixed compensation rates against the loss of livestock and crops. According to the revised rates, Rs 25,000 has been fixed against the death of a buffalo, mule and horse, Rs 20,000 for the loss of a cow or bull, while Rs 5,000 has been fixed as compensation for the death of sheep and goats.
For crop losses, concerned revenue authorities would assess the losses upon conducting a joint field survey with the army unit involved.
According to the notification, the compensation for the evacuation of villagers compelled to leave their home or adversely affected by restrictions imposed on their movement due to field firing practice would be Rs 151 per day and Rs 225 per, night, provided to every male and female above the age of 18. A further Rs 75 would be provided to children above the age of 12 but below 18.
Governor N N Vohra had written a letter in 2016 to former defence minister Manohar Parrikar and had requested him to enhance compensation payable to persons in the state affected by field firing and artillery practice.
The Governor had also pointed out that landowners have been complaining about the poor rates of compensation, which have been fixed 28 years ago.
Hundreds of people in the Valley have been affected by military firings. In Tosamaidan meadow alone, which was under the army for military exercises, almost every family in the surrounding villages has suffered the brunt of the firing exercises.