The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, Wednesday approved the enhancement of ex-gratia relief to the next-of-kin (NoK) of government force personnel, hailing from J-K, who were killed either in or outside J-K.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.
The Administrative Council approved the enhancement of ex-gratia relief from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh in favour of NoK of those government personnel who hail from J&K and were killed within the territorial jurisdiction of the UT of Jammu & Kashmir.
Similarly, the Administrative Council also sanctioned ex-gratia relief of Rs 25 lakh in favour of NoK of those government personnel hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, who attain martyrdom in consequence of official duties outside J&K within the country.
These provisions will be made effective from 01.02.2022 and will remove the disparity between relief provisions in J-K and other states/UTs. The decision will also boost the morale of the soldiers who hail from J-K and are serving in adverse weather and terrain conditions.