The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave its approval to enhance the grant of compensation to the civilian victims under the scheme titled “Central Scheme for Assistance to Civilian Victims of Terrorist/ Communal/Left Wing Extremist (LWE), Cross Border Firing and Mine/IED blasts on Indian Territory” from Rs 300,000 to Rs 500,000.
Under the scheme, civilian victims of cross border firing along the Indo-Pak border will be given a compensation of Rs 500,000 similar to those who die due to terrorism or LWE violence.
From now onward, any civilian who dies anywhere in the country due to terror attack, LWE violence, firing from across the border, shelling or IED explosion will be given Rs 500,000 as compensation uniformly. The amount will be given to the next of kin of the victim.
Rs 500,000 will also be given to those who receive 50 per cent or more disability or incapacitation due to the same reasons.
Till now the next of kin of persons killed or civilians who suffered permanent incapacitation as a result of such violence were being paid Rs 300,000 as per provisions of the Central Scheme for Assistance to Civilian Victims of Terrorist, Communal, Naxal violence since 2008.
During the Prime Minister’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir in October 2014, the issue of financial assistance to the people killed in cross border firing was raised.
For the first time in 70 years since independence, realizing the problem of Indian population residing in border areas, the Government analyzed their plight as they suffer due to frequent violations of ceasefire specifically on the North Western border of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan.
Approximately 770 km of the Line of Control (LC) and approximately 220 km of International Border (IB) have been a witness to frequent ceasefire violation and the influx of terrorists since 1990.
As per an official report, a total of 13,921 civilians have lost their lives till 2015.
In view of the hardships faced by the civilian populations, the Government decided to include the civilian victims of cross border firing under the Scheme.