Consider releasing first time offenders, MHA advises state govt

Srinagar: The Government of India’s has announced releasing first time offenders involved in recent law and order situations and withdraw cases against them. The Union government has also issued orders for increasing compensation for cops killed during counter-insurgency operations and allotting more power to the state during winters.

 “The misguided youth in the state who became first time offenders in the recent law and order situations because of prevailing circumstances need a chance to rebuild their career and participate in job opportunities rather than being labeled as criminals for their entire life,” says the MHA suggestions.

“Considering this human aspect, MHA has advised the State Government to consider releasing first time offenders involved in recent law and order situations and withdraw cases against them,” the order says.

 The Union government also issued guidelines to compensate the police personnel who have been on the forefront of ‘anti-terrorist’ activities along with the Central Armed Police forces.

“There has been a demand to make their Ex-gratia relief at par with CAPF. GoI has decided to step up its share of Ex-Gratia relief so that the Ex-Gratia relief to JKP personnel will now be enhanced and made at par with CAPF personnel,” the guidelines suggest.

 “It will now be Rs 30 Lakhs in cases where death occurs in course of performing duties attributed to act of violence by terrorists, anti social elements etc. Rs 18 Lakhs will be given from the State Budget of J&K and additional Rs 12 Lakhs will be reimbursed by MHA,” the order says.

“Due to intermittent ceasefire violations and cross border firing, the people living in border areas have been suffering unexpected losses in terms of damaged houses, agriculture, and livestock affecting their livelihood. As a new initiative, MHA will reimburse the expenditure incurred by the State Government for providing relief to people affected by cross border firing at rates that equal NDRF guidelines,” the guidelines say.

 “Similarly, considering the active role being played by the Special Police Officers (SPOs) in combating ‘terrorism’ their ex-Gratia relief is being enhanced from Rs 2 Lakhs to Rs 5 Lakhs. This entire amount will be reimbursed to the State Government by MHA,” says the order.

 “Considering the huge power shortage in the State of Jammu and Kashmir Power Ministry of Government of India will allocate additional power to the tune of 800 Mega Watts during this winter,” it says.


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