The union cabinet today approved Rs 5 Lakh compensation for the victims of cross-border firings. Besides cross-border firings, the victims of terrorism and extremism will also be awarded an ex-gratia between Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs, depending upon the gravity of the hurt caused. “Victims of terrorism and extremism will also be given ex gratia between Rs. 3 to 5 Lakhs. Victims of cross-border firing and IED blasts in border area will be given Rs 5 lakh ex gratia,” said Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO.As per an earlier statement by Home Ministry, Rs 5 lakh will also be given to those who receive 50 per cent or more disability in the incident
However, the compensation amount will be subject to the condition that no government employment has been provided to any of the family members of the victims by state or the centre. Estimates suggest that more than 50 civilians die every year due to shelling and cross-border firing along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir. Government figures say that 17 civilians lost their lives due to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015. Whereas, 168 civilians were killed due to violence in Maoist-hit states in 2015. The decision to give compensation such victims was taken up by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on July 8.