NEW DELHI: In a first-of-its-kind move, the Arunachal Pradesh government has declared a uniform policy for grant of ex-gratia to the next of kin of police, paramilitary and defence personnel killed in action. The State government has also revised the grant in case of death for uniformed personnel from just Rs 2 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, a 25-fold jump, and hiked the ex-gratia amount for those handicapped while fighting terrorists or insurgents and even normal duty from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, effecting a raise of 10 times.
The amount of compensation for those personnel sustaining grievous injuries has been fixed at Rs 50,000. The Home Ministry has also revised the ex-gratia amount for the paramilitary forces’ personnel, who died during the course of their duty, from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. The compensation amount in case of death due to enemy action in international war or border skirmishes and during action against militants, terrorists or insurgents has been revised from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 35 lakh.
The ex-gratia amount in case of death while on duty in specified high altitude posts due to natural disasters or extreme weather conditions has been increased from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 35 lakh. The ministry also introduced a new category of compensation for Central paramilitary forces’ personnel, who died during any war, in which the ex-gratia amount will be Rs 45 lakh.