PATNA: Riding on the nationwide wave of solidarity and sympathy for soldiers killed along the border in the Uri attack, the Bihar government on Tuesday raised the exgratia amount payable to the kin of martyrs from the state from the current Rs 5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh.
Three of the 20 Indian soldiers killed in the attack by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector in September hailed from Bihar. The state government had earlier announced an exgratia amount of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of each martyr. But a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday took a policy decision that the state government would pay an ex gratia of Rs 11lakh to army personnel hailing from the state getting killed in war or war-like situations.
“This decision, one of the total 13 approved in the cabinet meeting, also includes the commitment that the state government would bear the expenditure incurred on the creation or performance of last rites of soldiers hailing from the state,” said Brajesh Mehrotra, principal secretary of the cabinet department.
Within hours after the announcement, it was learned that another soldier from Bihar – Krishna Pandey, of BSF’s 116th Battalion – was killed in a gunbattle with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Pandey hailed from Dharhara in Vaishali district.
In another decision, the government approved a proposal for amendment of the Bihar Motor Spirit and High-Speed Diesel Oil Dealers Licensing Order, 1966. The cabinet also approved the transfer of 10 hectares of land to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the construction of the building for National Integrated Agriculture Research Centre (NIARC) in East Champaran district.