Ex-gratia relief for police martyrs

The Jammu and Kashmir Police force which has been fighting ongoing terror related violence in close cooperation with security forces, have suffered losses of many of its brave personnel and the next of the kin of the martyred policemen getting ex-gratia and other monetary benefits have been revised. The State Administrative Council (SAC), in a meeting under the chairmanship of the Governor, has approved enhancement of the ex-gratia relief to the next of the kin from the present amount of Rs. 48 lac to Rs.70 lacs and to NoKs and SPOs from Rs. 14.5 lacs to Rs.30 lacs respectively.
The State resources, Police Welfare Fund, and out of State resources will bear the entire impact of the enhanced rates of the ex- gratia amount. It has further been approved that education expenses of two children in private schools in the State up to class 12th standard shall be borne by the State Education Department in respect of those police personnel who could attain martyrdom while taking part in anti terror operations.
This is a welcome step and would go a long way in yet again boosting up the morale of the Police force who, despite all odds, is bravely confronting the situation on account of violence related activities mainly in Kashmir valley and other infested areas. Whatever welfare measures, monetary and otherwise, are taken in respect of the issue under reference, can never be considered enough looking to the supreme sacrifice given by the brave personnel of the Police force in operations..
The SAC , has in the meantime, sanctioned additional instalment of 2 percent Dearness Allowance to the State Government employees and pensioners with effect from July 2018 over the existing rate of 7 percent of the basic pay and pension which was going to benefit 4.5 lakh employees of the State Government and 1.60 lakh pensioners. The State exchequer was, therefore, going to be impacted by an additional amount of Rs.118 crore on account of payment of pay and pension at enhanced rates.